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”

Divided Christ Theology

Original Class Date: 17 March 2013 What is Divided Christ Theology Divided Christ Theology is a term adapted from what A.W. Tozer referred to as, “a notable heresy.”  It’s the notion that a Christian can self-identify as a Christian and not conform to the Christian life or mind.  Tozer described it as, “The widely acceptedContinue reading “Divided Christ Theology”

Modern Day Heresy

Preface I’ve been blessed by my church’s leadership to teach a Sunday School class over the last eight weeks regarding modern day heresies in which we examined five heresies being promulgated in 21st century American churches.  It’s been a huge blessing to me as I’ve prepared the material and several people have spoken to meContinue reading “Modern Day Heresy”

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”

Q&A: Regarding Ashes and Isaiah 61:3

A friend recently asked me about why people used to cover themselves in ashes and as I considered how best to answer her I figured the process God led me through would make a good post as well. She had been directed to Isaiah 61:3 which as most of you probably know has become aContinue reading “Q&A: Regarding Ashes and Isaiah 61:3”

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”