When I was a teenager and a new Christian, I received a copy of DC Talk’s book Jesus Freaks. Named after their famous song (and most youth groups unofficial anthem) of the same name, the book was a collection of stories about Christian martyrs. The band partnered with Voice of the Martyrs, an organization that … More Looking Beyond the Present
There is a problem we struggle with in the church. We believe that ministry is only done by pastors. It is the pastors job to share the Gospel. It is the youth pastors job to teach our children and teenagers. It is the missionaries job to evangelize. We create a false dichotomy when we think … More Everyday Missionary
“I forgive you.” We have all spoken those words. Sometimes we mean it. Often times we don’t. Forgiveness is a difficult concept, because it is usually easier to hold on to our pain than to let it go. We may forgive someone out of a sense of obligation, but not really forgive them in our … More The Power of Forgiveness
I’ll admit this upfront: I see the irony in writing a post about humility and posting it on the internet for people to read. But humility is an important topic, and one that is often misunderstood. What does it mean to be humble? Is it a quality we should strive for, or is it a … More Humility
Love is such an interesting concept in our culture. For starters, how should one define love? The word itself is ambiguous. Love is often described as an emotion. It is primarily a feeling that one has toward another. Love is also associated with longing or desire. To love something is to want to possess it … More What is Love?
“God helps those who help themselves.” Have you ever heard this statement before? Many people believe it is scriptural, but it is not. You won’t find it anywhere in the Bible. It does, however, support out societies emphasis on individualism and self-help theology. We buy into the notion that we can save ourselves. We can … More Quit Trying to Save Yourself
Have you ever gone through something that impacted your entire life? My life changed completely the moment I became a father. I often wonder what my pre-Josephine self would think about the kind of conversations I have today. Ten years ago I never would have thought I’d sit around the dinner table talking about how … More This Changes Everything