James: Faith and Works

While there have been abrupt points made by James so far, we’re really getting to the meat of why people question if James should be in the Bible in this next passage. Throughout the book, but especially in 2:14-26 James states that faith without works is dead. This sounds as if it’s in stark contrast… Continue reading James: Faith and Works

James: Speak, Listen, Anger

I’ve spouted off without thinking more times than I can count. I’m ashamed of how quickly I have jumped to conclusions or ideologies before thinking them through. I so often regret not carefully weighing my actions and reactions. Yet, I have never regretted taking time to think through and gather information before giving an answer… Continue reading James: Speak, Listen, Anger

2020 in the Breaking

As I sit here with a dull ache in my chest and a heaviness on my mind, I don’t fully know what to write. How do you put into words a year that went so wrong? How do you summarize the canceled plans, unexpected tragedy, the worldwide brokenness into one blogpost by one insignificant person?… Continue reading 2020 in the Breaking

Light in the Darkness

O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way? How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? How long will my enemy have the upper hand? Turn and answer me, O Lord my God! Restore the sparkle in… Continue reading Light in the Darkness

Hungry for More

“You should come tonight! I wanna hear your thoughts on the Holy Spirit.” “Oh no,” I thought as I inwardly shuddered. I had teetered on whether or not to go to small group that evening and this text from a wife of one of the pastor’s at my church honestly didn’t encourage me to go.… Continue reading Hungry for More

Miracles in the Everyday

Anyone who has even partially heard of the life of Jesus can’t deny how incredible were his works and teaching. In fact, many who don’t recognize him as deity still see him as a great teacher and miracle worker. For those who believe in him as part of the Trinity, therefore being God himself, his… Continue reading Miracles in the Everyday

Free Indeed

What does enforcement of face coverings, protest, and Independence Day have in common? I’ll tell you. The concept of freedom. We want to be free to go in public without a mask, free to protest whatever we believe in without consequences, and free as Americans because of the victory in the American revolution. But do… Continue reading Free Indeed

Love and Judgment

In each situation, I tried to maintain my composure as my friends came out to me. I knew what my church, my parents, my Bible, and my God said about this. But I love these people. I love them so incredibly deeply. I didn’t know how to react. I’m going to guess I’m not the… Continue reading Love and Judgment

Hero

“She needed a hero, so that’s what she became.” “I complete me.” “You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.” These and more quotes like these were notes I jotted down in a quotation journal of sorts I maintained while going through my divorce. They sustained me through the heart wrenching process.… Continue reading Hero

Everything Is Broken

I think we call could agree that 2020 didn’t reintroduce the roaring 20s that we were expecting. The only roar is the wail of brokenness that seems to be radiating from every corner of the earth. A global pandemic kept us isolated while some died. People lost jobs and the economy began to spiral. The… Continue reading Everything Is Broken