In college, I minored in Christian Scriptures. For someone as career-minded as College Me, it was kind of a silly move. I was majoring in Journalism and wanted to write (and tell people’s stories) for a living. A Scriptures minor simply had no practical career application. But I knew college was likely my one chance to study the Bible academically … and I … More Faith and Academics: N.T. Wright’s ‘The Challenge of Jesus’
Three years ago, I had a big, gnawing concern about my spiritual life. I realized my life wasn’t really bearing any fruit. We’re supposed to do that, right? As Christians. In John 15:16, Jesus says,“I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last.” Back then, I was working downtown at … More Simple Ways to Be Christian Who Bears Fruit — Have You Fed a Sheep Today?
I’m angry at pain. I don’t like it. It hurts, it’s terrible; I wish I could make it go away forever. But life wouldn’t be life without pain. And as I’ve wrestled with this issue in the past, I’ve found beauty in the Jurgen Moltmann’s fearless and raw exploration of the “open wound of life” and … More Top Quotes from C.S. Lewis’ “The Problem of Pain”
Reading books by great Christian authors: it’s something I always meant to do more of. Frederick Buechner, A.W. Tozer, Tim Keller, I know they’re great guys. I’ve just never taken the time to pick up one of their books and dig in. (And prior to college, the only C.S. Lewis titles I’d read were the ones about the lion … More Reading Christian Authors: It’s Great for Your Faith, But DON’T Just…
If you talk to most people today about religion, they’ll say something like: I don’t like the church (or organized religion), but I really like Jesus. The church is full of a bunch of judgmental hypocrites. But Jesus loved everybody, and he loved them unconditionally. With all the Josh Duggars and Sam from ‘Sam and Nia’s in the world, … More Love Everyone Like Jesus Did, But Please Don’t Forget THIS
“My God, my God. Why have you forsaken me?” How haunting … Jesus’ words on the cross. He is about to voluntarily give his life to save all of humanity. And his God (his dad) has forsaken him. This is a man who had done nothing wrong. A man who had spent hours the night before … More Did God REALLY Forsake Jesus? Psalm 22 and Parallels with the Cross
At the beach last week, I got a really bad sunburn. My entire back was bright red. The backs of my thighs, too. They both hurt: a soft-but-constant ache that refused to go away. Warm to the touch–for days–and bright, bright red. It wasn’t fair. I put on sunscreen. SPF 50. I was careful to apply … More Don’t Get Burned: Learning to Apply Spiritual “Sunscreen” (The Right Way)