I’ve gotten a bit of attention for calling myself an R-Rated Christian. Usually, those two phrases go together like peanut butter and barbecue sauce. I’m happy to announce that most of the reactions I’ve gotten have been good. I’ve been able to find other Christians who are proud to don their over-eighteen moniker, and if … Continue reading R-Rated Christianity
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?
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
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
I use quotes around "Dry Spells" because sometimes it's a few days without rain and sometimes it's a freaking trek through the Sahara and the only thing you've had to eat in three weeks was the guy who died of thirst before you did. Metaphorically. I don't know anyone who likes deserts. Sure, we may like … Continue reading 1 Thing Christians Need to Remember About “Dry Spells”
I got tricked, dag nabbit! Okay, here’s what happened. I was having a rough day at work. Nothing terrible, just a common mist that comes over me now and again and darkens the sun. I’m desperate for a writing career, and while I’ve had some successes—a few published stories, a growing following, and good reviews … Continue reading How I Fell Into God’s Trap
I'm tired of being selfish. If you ask my why I write, blog, or jump on social media, the answer is probably something along the lines of "I dunno." Instinct. Lovely when channeled, deadly when it runs amok. Like oil in your car vs. oil in the bay. And I've been letting instinct muddy my … Continue reading What does “Fencing With Ink” Mean for YOU?
I imagine I just got two reactions to that title: SIDE A: Yeah, Christians should kick Trump out of office and jump back into the Paris Agreement and punch those money-hungry corporate cutthroats in the junk! SIDE B: Yeah, Christians should knock down this pseudo-science and call the power of Jesus down on people who … Continue reading Why Christians Should Care About the Climate Change Discussion
Can I be honest? I'd like to go ONE DAY without seeing something on the internet to the effect of, "And here's another reason why Christians are slack-brained mouth-breathers." One day! Sadly, this isn't heaven, where there is no sorrow, nor is it the heyday of the Catholic Church, when you could just boil dissenters … Continue reading A Quick Word on Comfort, Tolerance, and Christianity