One of my favorite books as a teen was the classic Christian allegory Hinds Feet On High Places by Hannah Hurnard. It's the story of a little girl named Much-Afraid, who lives in the Valley of Humiliation with her family The Fearings... they plague her existence with their negativity. The aunt who raised her is called Mrs. … Continue reading Dismal Forebodings
"Lets talk like Christians. Lets talk about fellowship and rest. Let's talk about serving God and others. Let's talk about thinking others are more important than yourself. Your time in the Word is not self-care, it is obedience. Having a coffee is not self-care, it is something to thank God for. The selfish bus is … Continue reading Self Care Shenanigans
"At that time there was no king in Israel. People did whatever they felt like doing." (Judges 21:25) This is the last verse in the book of Judges. I read it and turned the page to see what came next, but that's it: there was no king and the people just did whatever they wanted. … Continue reading Human Altars, Life Mottos, and Beth Moore
"A mob of secular Puritans..." I read that phrase this morning in a Wall Street Journal article and it really struck a chord with me. It was a write up on the recent hysteria over the fact that the Vice President's wife, Karen Pence, works at a Christian school that is... well... Christian. This past week has … Continue reading Secular Puritains
Yesterday, our country celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy of nonviolent activism. Today, many are celebrating the "birthday" of the Supreme Court's legalization of abortion on demand. The irony of posting "happy birthday" to Roe v. Wade is lost on many it seems, but I digress. Regardless, we stand … Continue reading Unhappy Birthday Roe v. Wade!
Reading in 2 Timothy this morning and it may as well be subtitled "current events". Paul's life on earth is coming to and end and he knows it: he writes from a prison cell with the knowledge that he's probably about to die for his faith. He therefore doesn't mince his words, wasting no time … Continue reading Fewer Hot Takes, More Jesus
To contend: battle, compete, face off, fight, race, rival, vie The little book of Jude at the end of the New Testament is easy to overlook. It begins and ends with the promise that we serve a God who keeps us and preserves us (v. 1, 24). The body of the short letter however, is a call to arms. Jude pleads with … Continue reading How We Contend