That's the 2011 estimate of how many people die each day. Considering the dramatic increase in world population in the last seven years, I wouldn't be surprised to see that the daily death toll has reached or will soon reach 200,000. As of 2011 the global average was such that an estimated 2 people died… Continue reading One Hundred Fifty-One Thousand, Six Hundred
Two Years It was two summers ago I began seeing a counselor by happenstance. I continued seeing him because he noticed and started to uproot a vast and complex series of issues I struggled to keep the lid on since my pubescent years. Well, maybe not struggled, because I thought I was doing a pretty… Continue reading Two Years, One Lesson.
I've never experienced a moment wherein I was not moving closer to my death. There's a funny thing about common sense. No matter how common it might be, it seems sometimes it can take years or decades to have the information sink and and have it's effect. I don't know when the average person's brain… Continue reading My Life is Almost Over.
Very few people are interested in reading an article with only three pieces of new information. There's just not enough novelty. But if you propose five you're likely going to turn away potential readers because of commitment anxiety. So here I am, offering four of my observations while reading Ephesians 4 this past week! :)… Continue reading Four Observations From Ephesians 4
We all know the power of apology. Words carefully crafted into a caring confession of contriteness can graft life to a grievously wounded heart. But the inverse is true as well. A careless apology stands to cause as much harm as the original offense (or more) by magnifying in the hurt mind the first offense… Continue reading Learning to Apologize the Right Way.
A Christians inner peace is never based on his ability to take all the teachings of scripture and figure it all out. Our peace always rests on the presence, power, and character of the Lord. Christian Peace You don't need to "figure it all out". You simply can't. Our peace is stolen from us when… Continue reading Christian Peace, and Why You Should go to Church.
This is an infinitely complex subject with so many variables and so much nuance that in order to write anything about it, I need to keep my focus incredibly narrow. This means I will inevitably gloss over vast amounts of detail. Keeping that in mind, what I want to focus on today is the nature… Continue reading A Few Thoughts on Depression, Suicide and Support.
Disclaimer: I really dislike any claim to bring something "fresh" to the christian life. So much so that just hearing the word in christian context causes me to cringe a bit. I have my reasons! Anyways, today I want to quickly explain the what I call the RARE method. This name for this methodology came to… Continue reading My Personal Method for Reading the Bible Well.
It doesn't take any talent to have a voice these days thanks to the internet. Gone are the days of needing multiple degrees or exceptional work ethic or social connections in order to garner a large audience. For just a few dollars a month you can have your own website, such as the highly influential… Continue reading The Reason You Should Read More Blogs.
Eternality is a beautiful word. It makes me want to write a blog post about beautiful words. But that isn't why I'm writing today. My latest sermon was on some of the implications we can deduce from the fact that God is eternal and all-knowing. I wanted to share the spark notes with you because… Continue reading Three Deductions From God’s Eternality.
Offensive - adjective causing someone to feel deeply hurt, upset, or angry. Glorious - adjective having a striking beauty or splendor that evokes feelings of delighted admiration. It may strike you as odd that I say both of these descriptors are accurate of the gospel of Jesus. In light of my ever growing desire to write… Continue reading The Offensive and Glorious Gospel.
"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men" According to Paul in Colossians, the Christian ought to engage themselves in any work as if they were working for God himself. Some of us have serious problems with the implications of this command given we are in work places or under managers… Continue reading Who Are You Working For? Six Questions For Assessing Your Work Ethic.
Wrist vibrates. Fitbit's telling me to wake up. Silenced. “Abandoned. Abusive. Alone. Arrogant. Annoying. Bastard. Boring. Burden. Exhausted. Failure. Fake. Forgotten. Hurtful. Hypocrite. Meaningless. Rejected. Stupid. Trapped. Ugly. Waste. Weak. Worthless." I did not invite this. An invasion has taken place upon my mind. Before I smell the morning brew I can taste the familiar bitterness of… Continue reading The Siege of a Saint. Morning’s Madness.
Welcome to familiar territory. I would be shocked to hear of a single saint in the past few thousand years that did not feel this way at one time or another. Don't worry, it's not your fault. That's something you might expect me to say, but I can't, because it is a lie. It is… Continue reading You Don’t Want To Read The Bible, Now What?
And to thy grace I commit the sins I have not yet done, for what evil is there which I am beyond committing, who loved a deed of wrong for its own sake? These are famous words from St. Augustine (354-430AD), arguably the most influential Christian theologian who ever lived. Augustine was converted to Christianity… Continue reading For What Evil Is There Which I Am Beyond Committing?