I'm not sure where the notion came from, but many people are under the impression that Christian life is supposed to be void of all trouble and disappointment. There is nothing in the Bible that supports this. In fact, Jesus made it clear that Christian life is hard. Contextually, living for Jesus is compressed and… Continue reading The Sweet Spot
Jesus replied, "My mother and my brothers are those who hear God's word and obey it." - Luke 8:21 NLT Let's face it. No family is perfect. Not the Obamas, the Bush family, the Kennedys, nor yours. Families are made of imperfect people that did not choose one another. Parents choose to have children, but… Continue reading Who Are Your People?
Does the Bible contradict itself? 1 Corinthians 6:10 says that drunkards are going to hell, but in John 2, Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding. Was Jesus setting people up to fail? He said in Matthew 15:11 that what we eat and drink don't matter. So...why can't we just eat and drink what we want? Unlike… Continue reading Saints and Summer Cocktails
"They" say Facebook makes people feel bad. There are numerous articles written about the dangers of social media on your emotional health. Here's the thing. FB news feeds only make people emotional when they feel "sumkinda way" about their own lives. So here are some tips to help: #1 Get whole and love your whole… Continue reading 5 Tips (and Scriptures) to Help Survive Your Facebook Newsfeed
I was deep in the church during those "name it and claim it" years when the evidence of your faith was determined by the size of your house and the make of your car. As much as I don't agree with that teaching, I also don't think many "good" and "faithful" Christians understand that money… Continue reading More Money. More Possibilities.
Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Christian Lenten season. This is the day that we begin to prepare our hearts for the celebration of Easter Sunday. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Good Friday. Lent is 40 days of sacrifice modeled after the 40 days that Jesus spent in the desert… Continue reading How Do I Do Lent?
One of my favorite tactics when my mother asks me to come home and do something is to quote the Bible. "A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his own family." That's Matthew 13:57 (NLT). It basically reinforces the old adage that familiarity breeds contempt. Regardless of the books and… Continue reading Just Like My Father