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Create Dissonance

A few things stuck with me from the general education classes I took in college. One of these was the idea of “cognitive dissonance.” In psychology, this is the idea of having two  inconsistent thoughts, neither of which you want to give up. Having these contradictory ideas in your head at the same time causesContinue reading “Create Dissonance”

Learn to Fall

“In other words,” [Bree] continued, “you can’t ride. That’s a drawback. I’ll have to teach you as we go along. If you can’t ride, can you fall?” “I suppose anyone can fall,” said Shasta.“I mean can you fall and get up again without crying and mount again and fall again and yet not be afraid ofContinue reading “Learn to Fall”

Good Enough

I’m going to say something controversial. When we do things, especially things in furtherance of the gospel, I think often we should settle with “good enough.” What do I mean? You haven’t prepared enough for a Bible study you are invited to lead? Lead it anyway. You are not super well versed on all theContinue reading “Good Enough”

Our Business is People

You can’t measure how well or poorly you are doing something unless you have some sort of metric. Are you a good bricklayer? There is a few ways to measure that. Number of bricks laid, how strong the structure is, how honest your prices are, how well your clients like you. But here is theContinue reading “Our Business is People”

Poem: John’s Faults

In honor of Father’s day, I’m posting a poem that I wrote about my son John when he was only 2 months old. A lot has changed; unfortunately that change has been more drastic in him than in me. John’s Faults John, You’re a baby, and I love how you play and cooBut I admit,Continue reading “Poem: John’s Faults”

When Your Ears Itch

“I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when peopleContinue reading “When Your Ears Itch”

Make Yourself Replaceable

When I was in college, I and a few friends started a campus ministry. We did small-group Bible studies and a series of evangelistic outreaches, ranging somewhere from wacky to somewhat decent. Overall, a good organization. I remember someone, years after I graduated, coming up to me and saying that they really appreciated the workContinue reading “Make Yourself Replaceable”

Poem: Demas

Second Timothy was written near the end of Paul’s life, and in a lot of ways it is a really sad book. Paul talks about people abandoning him, one of them was Demas. The Bible doesn’t tell us a lot about this man, but Paul does write, “…Demas, in love with this present world, hasContinue reading “Poem: Demas”

What Else is Real

Background My son is almost 2, so I traffick pretty heavily in children’s books. One of my favorites, “Why do we say goodnight,” is by Champ Thornton. Especially for being a children’s book, this book has some really solid truth. I think his most helpful contribution is how he portrays the interplay between emotions andContinue reading “What Else is Real”

Rugged Good Works

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they mayContinue reading “Rugged Good Works”

The Difficult Church

Background On March 15, 2020 our church closed its doors temporarily because of Covid-19. We are slated to open again on June 7, and frankly, it has been a long two months. For me, uncertainty has been the hardest part. As a small group leader, I have people that look to me for direction, andContinue reading “The Difficult Church”

It can’t be fixed

Background The ending of the book of Daniel is one of the saddest scenes in the Bible, but there is much we can learn from it. A little background: King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon attacked Jerusalem and sacked it. (Daniel 1:1-2) In an attempt to strengthen his own kingdom, Nebuchadnezzar captured some of the best andContinue reading “It can’t be fixed”

Our Ordinary Marriage

The longer I live, the more I realize that success in the Christian life is not usually flashy or spectacular. Most of the time it is a long, steady obedience. With that in mind, I wrote this poem for Neziah for our three-year anniversary Our Ordinary Marriage There is a fablethat I would like toContinue reading “Our Ordinary Marriage”

Bold as a Lion

“The wicked flee when no one pursues,but the righteous are bold as a lion.”Psalms 28:1 (ESV) Is there anything inherent in being righteous that makes you bold? I think so. There is a peace about the righteous, and much of that peace comes from the fact that the wicked, though wicked, still have consciences. TheyContinue reading “Bold as a Lion”

The Pascal Two-Step

I really first started following hard after Jesus when I was in college and, for better or for worse,  I was also a philosophy major. I loved the department, but it tends to draw more people who are hostile to Christianity than say, the math department. So I developed an affection to apologetics akin toContinue reading “The Pascal Two-Step”

Reflections on the Kindle

I’m a sell-out. I have finally made the switch to preferring electronic books over print books (most of the time). Here are my reasons. Ease of access- I very vividly remember trying to read Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem in bed. If you aren’t familiar, it is a 1,296 page hardcover book. There is noContinue reading “Reflections on the Kindle”

Don’t Walk off a Cliff

At our church we have something called Members’ meetings. This is where, predictably, all the members get together and have a meeting. We talk church budgets, mission strategy, and church discipline. One part that I especially enjoy is the Q&A. They put up two microphones, a panel of pastors, and just let the members goContinue reading “Don’t Walk off a Cliff”

Sin Without Consequences

I’ve grown increasingly aware of the fact that whenever people consider committing a sin, they imagine themselves committing the sin in a world without the natural consequences of that sin. I’m shelving the eternal consequences of sin for a moment, just talking about what will happen to you in this world if you sin. ForContinue reading “Sin Without Consequences”

The Tolerance of Unbelief

There is a story floating around that intolerance is tied to religion. We moderns often look back at our ancestors and wonder how they could have been so intolerant, policing every person with a different opinion than them? Isn’t this the type of attitude that got people burnt at the stake? But, the narrative goes,Continue reading “The Tolerance of Unbelief”

Indians and Expiation

It is surprisingly hard to explain the concept of the “Indian community” to someone who is not in it. Think of the information flow in a small town. Everyone knows each other, and if you stay out too late, your parents’ friends may find out before they do. So imagine that you take the membersContinue reading “Indians and Expiation”


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