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?
In the same way two “opposites” readily unite in magnetics, so God’s mercy and justice attract each other and bind together firmly. Continue reading A Fusion of Grace
Our series continues on the “trivial church” and how we can regain an accurate understanding of its designed function. In the first post, we looked at some common “blanket statements” made about the universal Church. This time we will be focusing on the some of the more localized and personal reasons why people may choose … Continue reading Attacking Trivial Church: Part Two
There are two ecclesiological extremes people are going to today in evangelicalism. The first extreme is when people place an unnecessary emphasis on the Church and its role and function in the body of Christ. Many ultra-conservative church leaders urge members to have perfect attendance on Sunday and be dressed appropriately, which means they better … Continue reading Attacking Trivial Church: Part One
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
The birth of romances often begin with a moment called the “meet-cute” (credit The Holiday). It’s that moment when the male and female lead characters meet, sometimes through bizarre circumstances. Darcy refuses to dance with Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice. Danielle attacks Prince Henry in Ever After. Jack gets treated by Kate after a … Continue reading Socially Unacceptable: Artificial Romance
One of the most essential components of ancient Greek drama were masks made from wood or clay that actors wore while performing. We know these masks as the dueling comedy/tragedy faces that serve as the universal symbol for theater. But these masks are more than just a symbol. They were actually the vehicle through which … Continue reading Socially Unacceptable: Social Charades
I just finished reading a fantastic biography of Abraham Lincoln, titled Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President by Allen Guelzo. It is historically dense for the entire 528 pages, and not for the faint of heart, but such a rewarding read for anyone who enjoys American history, Abraham Lincoln, or biographies in general. There were so many things … Continue reading Redemption.
To Lecrae, Trip Lee, Dylan, Christian rappers, and the like: I have a lot of things I want to share with you, and with everyone else reading, and I hope you’ll read my words with sincerity and discernment. I am sorry. It all started nearly a decade ago when I heard “Jesus Muzik” for the … Continue reading To Lecrae, Trip Lee, Dylan, and Christian Hip-Hop: An Open Letter
The anatomy of the human tongue is one of the most fascinating things about our bodies. It is actually not one muscle, but a conglomeration of eight total muscles, working together to create a muscular hydrostat. Like an elephant’s trunk, or the tentacle of an octopus, our tongues don’t need skeletal support of fluid to … Continue reading Socially Unacceptable: Cross Words
A few days ago I was on my way to work, and during my morning commute I listened to a brief national news segment from one of the local radio stations. The daily segment typically features a story or two about whatever everyone was talking about the day before, another story about the government, and … Continue reading Socially Unacceptable: Grief Porn