God & Faith

Thoughts on God, faith, and the church.

A Defense of Christianity and Sports

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.

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The Praying Mantis: How One of God's Smallest Creations Might Help Us Heal

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.

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The Gospel of the Man in Black

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.

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Making God Jealous or: "God Never Likes My Instagram Posts!"

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.

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5 Reasons Men Should Serve in Children's Ministry

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?

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Lecrae Is a Much Welcomed "Anomaly"

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." 

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Good Christian...B*tches?

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. 

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