I don't think there are enough laments in Christian music. Christian radio seems obsessed with the theology of empowerment and happy thoughts. While God is certainly good and while we do have victory in his name, happy songs alone give and incomplete and even dishonest picture of the Christian life. But what is a lament? … Continue reading Top 5 Christian Laments
If nothing else, my life is a monument of what not to do. If you want to get far in life, grab a seat, watch me for a few minutes, cringe in pain, then go do the opposite. Case in point? Fifth grade, a time when a boy starts his long journey into manhood, but … Continue reading Two Lessons You Should Learn (Because I Sure Didn’t)
If you're still with me, God bless your patience. I've been trying to unpack why Christianity makes sense, at least to me. In Part 1, I said that atheism doesn't hold water. In Part 2, I argued that multiple religions can't coexist, not without bowing to some order that judges them all, thereby negating the … Continue reading Why Christianity? Part Three: Why Not Another Religion?
How can just one religion be right? This is the second of three questions bundled in the broader inquiry "Why would anyone be a Christian?" I can only answer for myself, but I'm doing my best over this three-part series. Last week, I talked about the question "Why religion at all? Why not atheism?" Vastly … Continue reading Why Christianity? Part Two: Why Just One Religion?
Why would anyone be a Christian in the modern age? More and more people are asking that. As a Christian, I think it's important to have an answer. However, when people ask this, they're actually asking one or more of three questions: Why religion at all when atheism is just fine? Why just one religion? … Continue reading Why Christianity? PART ONE: Why Religion at All?
The question goes something like this: "How can an all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving God coexist with the oh-so-apparent evil in the world?" The common answer is that one of those three prongs of the triangle isn't true. Either God isn't all powerful, and thus he's unable to stop evil; he isn't all-knowing, and thus doesn't comprehend … Continue reading The Problem With the Problem Of Pain
I don't want you guys to make the same mistakes I did. I spent the majority of my 20s in a depressed funk, wondering why my life didn't seem to work. Yet I was a Christian who claimed to know the One True Hope. Was that hope failing me or was I doing something wrong? … Continue reading How God Wrecked My Life So Beautifully
Still with me? Cool. Let's get to the top 5. If you need an intro, click this link to get the first half of the list and all the qualifiers that make my list right and everybody else's wrong. Yeah, yeah, I know I'm full of it. If you have a Christmas carol you think … Continue reading Top 10 Christmas Carols (Part 2)
When you're talking about Hell Scares, you have to include Christians. Up until now, I've just showed depictions of Hell meant to frighten children to insomnia, but this is the first bona-fide scare-you-into Heaven tactic. And it comes from one of Christianity's most prominent and bold singers, Carman. https://youtu.be/cJiheZ3aEug Carman became most famous for his … Continue reading Top Five Hell Scares–#2 A Witch’s Invitation
I always thought I was immune to greed. I heard of athletes who balked at a mere $10 million a year and thought, "What selfishness!" See, I didn't need all that fancy stuff that money buys. I just needed to pay my bills and have a little extra for saving, spending, and giving. Did you … Continue reading The Bank of You