In many parts of the world, sports are a god. Millions of Americans spent Sundays watching the NFL. Untold amounts of money get wagered weekly on how many points Team X will win by over Team Y. And if you think America is divided over politics, go browse through a college football message board.Read More
God & Faith
Thoughts on God, faith, and the church.
The praying mantis sees you. He’s not scared because his wits are about him, and he knows the best way to evade predatory threats is to stay true to itself. To not run, not scamper away for shelter under a rock or a gathering of leaves on the forest floor. No, the praying mantis will not waver its position there. It is designed to move only as the branch it sits upon moves. The mantis is patient, focused, and confident.Read More
I've lied to people. Probably even to you. I've said "I'm praying for you!" and then went out the door forgetting about all of the worries weighing you down, because, to be frank, they're not weighing me down.Read More
That's faith without obedience. That's us saying we trust God and we trust his word, but not to the point we're going to act on it. But our faith is evidenced by our willingness to follow who we profess to trust.Read More
Johnny Cash would be 85 years old today if he were still around. His legacy obviously lives on through his songs. But unlike most great musicians who pass on and leave a legacy of little more than great musical artistry, Cash did more. His legacy was loving those that nobody else would dare love. His legacy was connecting with those nobody else dared to connect with.Read More
Jimi Hendrix might not have known God like we do. But He did something well so many of us fail to ever begin to do. Hendrix took the ordinary gift of music he had and transformed it.Read More
The drama of high school opposite sex relationships is real. It may not seem like it now, but place yourself back in that time in your life (even if that means walking back 20 years in time like myself). You dated someone, and you broke up with them or they broke up with you and before you realized it, you were in the "I've moved on and found someone better than you" game.Read More
Really though, most of all, you'd love to be honest. Having a walk with God, a relationship with Jesus, or a life full of faith is not easy. Worse, it's not even perfectly defined or laid out in a well-organized manner.
Why is that? Why is having a close relationship with the God who created us so...tricky?Read More
She laughed because the idea was senseless. This was some convoluted story for the National Inquirer. This was a headline from The Onion. This was a near mockery of the human body and a woman's biological clock. Laughter had to be the only logical reaction to such absurdity.Read More
"You will not surely die". That's what the serpent said. He was talking about physical death. He was wrong. Everyone dies.Read More
It’s tradition for many families at Christmas time to sit and read the account of the birth of Christ from Luke 2. We get all the big important details here, but the chapter keys on the angels telling the shepherds about Jesus’ birth.Read More
Crush their heads, spike their brains, decapitate if necessary. Just don't. Get. Bitten.Read More
Pick any typical evangelical church in America on any given Sunday. Walk down the halls where the youngest of children are fluttering about: some crying, some playing, and some deep in thought about that morning's Bible lesson. Peek into the individual classrooms. See the babies being rocked, toddlers stumbling around, and the preschool kids singing worship songs. Then amidst all the sweet busyness of the children's ministry, ask yourself one painfully obvious question: where are all the men?Read More
Twenty years ago, DC Talk released an album that would turn the contemporary Christian music world on its head. Jesus Freak, a record as outstanding as its simple title would suggest, boasted numerous hits. Of all the songs 90’s youth group kids were spiritually compelled by, none connected so well as the song What If I Stumble?Read More
What you must know before watching Sons of Anarchy is this: this show is not a series about good versus evil. No matter what side of that coin you are on, if you're watching SOA for the good vs. evil narrative, it's not there.Read More
Rich Mullins was not your typical contemporary Christian artist. For a man who seemed to master instruments such as the piano and dulcimer, you wouldn't have painted a picture of him being relatively edgy, lonely, and wrecked inside.Read More
The key may be avoiding selling out to either side of the proverbial religious fence. Lecrae does a phenomenal job of creating quality rhymes mixed with sounds and guest vocalists like you would hear on many secular albums. He isn't afraid of approaching topics many Christian rappers before didn't touch. Like Lecrae himself says "Music doesn't need to be categorized, it just needs to be good."Read More
This storyline forces us to ask a basic question: if we were in the situation, what would we do?
OITNB does more than peel back the curtain on the lives of the women who are spending months and years in prison; it completely rips down the shades and shatters the window so we can walk step in step with the ladies in their lives before prison.Read More
I admit, my first inclination was to frantically search the ABC webpage for a link I could click on to voice my complaint. Surely there was some well-thought-out left-winged conspiracy to attack Christianity through mainstream media. An exec on a crusade against God needing to blatantly portray his anti-conservative views.Read More