I grew up in church. I rarely missed a week Sunday school or youth group. I was raised on VeggieTales and Christian radio, and I loved it. (I’ll sing every word of something from “Silly Songs with Larry” later, if you’d like.) But as a pre-teen and teenager, I became increasingly worried about the question … More Raised in the Church? Here’s How to Make Faith Your Own
I’ve been a Christian for most of my life — since something like age 3 — but I spent most of my first 2 1/2 decades feeling like I didn’t measure up to the super-Christians I knew. You know the type: friendly, outgoing, super-involved at church, a sort of Christian superhero. That was never me. … More Church People Bother Me Sometimes
I’ve never really been a prayer walk type of person. I’m not spiritual enough. I mean, my faith matters to me. A ton. But I’ve never been one of those super-Christian who dedicates hours to walking around and praying. Like, who has the time … or the patience or the self-discipline … to actually do that? Maybe … More Prayer Walk: What It Feels Like to Encounter the Holy Spirit
To be completely honest, I don’t particularly like C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters. It’s nothing against Lewis as an author. If anything, he might be my all-time favorite Christian writer. Between his intellect, wisdom, raw vulnerability, and ability to present complex, confusing, multifaceted, challenging truths in a beautiful and clear way … Lewis’ words have come alongside me during some … More The Screwtape Letters: Not My Favorite From C.S. Lewis
My life today went something like this: Me: Hi God. So I’m freaking out right now about some big theological issue with no clear answers. I’m feeling super confused, and I would love some clarity. Can you spell this one out for me in black and white? Please? God: Not now. This isn’t the time … More When God and I Aren’t On the Same Page
I’m distracted. Work has been busy lately. I’ve been too caught up to focus on faith. I don’t have time to think about ways to act more like Jesus. Or try — in earnest — to better understand God’s truth or how God is leading my life. It’s not that I’m trying to ignore God. Things are just really busy at work right … More When I’m Too Distracted For God — What’s the Solution?
The other day, an acquaintance I met at a Bible study shared on Facebook about her amazing experience visiting the Beverly Hills campus of her local church. This church is wildly popular. It’s a megachurch with multiple campuses in different cities, a flurry of celebrities in various locations, and its pastor is well known on social media. It’s … More Hip Megachurch Pa$tor Wears De$igner Jeans: Is It an I$$ue?