In Memory of A Friend

Yesterday morning I woke to a message from my friend Mike.  Our friend Stu had been admitted to the ICU the night before and passed away earlier that morning.  I hadn’t known Stu very long.  He recently become a co-worker though I had met him once or twice over the last few years.  He wasContinue reading “In Memory of A Friend”

Paradise or There and Back Again

I heard this song not long ago and I love it.  I’ve not been a huge Coldplay fan in the past, but this song is great.  It’s almost a kind of hopeful lament which resounds in my heart every time I hear it now.  Why is that? “Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exilesContinue reading “Paradise or There and Back Again”

A Little Bit of Spit Up, or How He Loves

I just walked into the bathroom and caught a look at myself in the mirror.  My blue shirt has the familiar discoloration of baby spit up.  It reminded me of when my oldest son was a newborn and I took him to Starbucks with me to collect a paycheck.  The girls I worked with couldn’tContinue reading “A Little Bit of Spit Up, or How He Loves”

Vanity of Vanities, or a Wayward Lament

Vanity of vanities, says the preacher, vanity of vanities!  All is vanity.  What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.  Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”?  It has been already andContinue reading “Vanity of Vanities, or a Wayward Lament”

Regarding Philosophy, or The Depths of the Depraved Mind

“Do you fancy yourself a philosopher?”  I remember being asked that by a friend at the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus.  At the time I simply answered yes.  It was a time of walking in my own understanding, a time when I chose to back away from my clear calling into ministry in generalContinue reading “Regarding Philosophy, or The Depths of the Depraved Mind”

The Glory of Altruism

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they mayContinue reading “The Glory of Altruism”

Into the Fold

Do you ever stop and think back on your life?  Who are you?  Where have you come from?  Where are you going?  What is your purpose?  Do you have an answer for all of these, or any of them at all?  Now if you are a child of God in Christ, consider what you’ve becomeContinue reading “Into the Fold”

The Trap of Fear

I have been a Christian for about 8.5 years and I would like to say that I’ve been able to trust in my God and Savior with my whole heart.  The problem is that is simply not the case.  While I have learned and grown through the years I still have a lot of distrust. Continue reading “The Trap of Fear”

Middle-Class Jesus, or the Truth of Sacrifice

“We were settling for a Christianity that revolves around catering to ourselves when the central message of Christianity is actually about abandoning ourselves.”    – David Platt: Radical (p. 7) Here we are.  America, 2012.  The pressing issues in the nation? The economy, presidential elections, gay-rights, and a flurry of other not-so-important issues that each ofContinue reading “Middle-Class Jesus, or the Truth of Sacrifice”