As I sit at my desk and write this, looking out at the cold rain outside, I am reminded of the unraveling (in every sense of the word) election year. I make the correlation because they are similar in nature, evoking the same feelings. “It looks awfully dreary out there.” The election year is, in … Continue reading Weathering the Storm
Is it, truly, the most wonderful time of the year? I’m a big fan of Christmas. I don’t really care when they start or stop playing Christmas music on the local radio stations. It doesn’t bother me that much to see stores putting out Christmas decor early. I love the traditions of looking at Christmas … Continue reading Killing the Christmas Story and Season
Remember those famous nylon acrostic bracelets we all sported back in the 90s? The motivation for wearing them was simple: It was to remind us to be mindful, through our daily decisions, struggles, and conversations, to approach them the way Jesus would. It served as a visual trigger for that famous rhetorical question pastors and … Continue reading What Would Paul Do?
Originally published at cbmw.org. The English language is one of, if not the most, complicated languages in the world, but not because there is a word for every emotion or feeling. Our language tends to do an injustice to words derived from other ancient or historic languages. We suffer from this repercussion at various points … Continue reading Calling Men to Meekness
I wrote a poem from Paul’s perspective inspired from Philippians 1:12–14. I’m not a poet, but I thought I’d share. I miss the glimpses of nightly stars; Morning and evening pass without me. Three walls of stone and a wall of bars; Darkness is all I ever see. I’m still not used to the sounds … Continue reading Freedom in Jail
Through this series, we have spent the past couple of months thinking about how to socially analyze where we are as a culture, what’s going wrong, and where we can improve, especially in the realm of social media. We have dedicated time to other posts talking about some of the specific places we can re-evaluate … Continue reading Socially Unacceptable: The Hidden City
Can you name all of the seven deadly sins without looking? You probably know most of them, but there is at least one that is easy to forget about. One of the vices that gets the least attention in the Christian life is sloth (ironically enough). The term “veg out” is a modern synonym of … Continue reading Socially Unacceptable: Virtual Vegging