#3 in my series "Pervasive Problems in the American Church" Flashy events. Catchy phrases. Attractive leaders. Feel-good messages. It's interesting how, though not found in any of the praises of the churches in Revelation or in the commandments for holy living, that these are found in nearly all American churches today. "Come to our church! … Continue reading We Ask Not “How can We Serve our Church?” but “How can Our Church Entertain Us?”
This is the second in my series of "Pervasive Problems with Cultural Christianity," focusing on the lack of biblical literacy and care for biblical accuracy. "Christians who lack biblical knowledge are the products of churches that marginalize biblical knowledge. Bible teaching now often accounts for only a diminishing fraction of the local congregation’s time and … Continue reading We’ve Taken the Bible out of “Bible” Study
This is the beginning of a series I will be publishing on this personal blog entitled "Pervasive Problems in Cultural Christianity" The aim of this series will not be condemnation but to point out issues with the hopes of bringing to light ways in which we all fail to be Christ-like and encourage further growth … Continue reading Positive Thinking Isn’t Everything
We took flowers to the graveyards around this time, just a year ago. Who could have foreseen that this year I'd be without you---and grandma too? Who could have foreseen you'd both be where we stood then---buried. Silent. Absent. Me least of all. Spring invades the air and I can't help but think ---wish, hope, … Continue reading A Short Lament for Mother’s Day
In many ways it's hard to believe that 5 years have passed since the Holy Spirit blazed across the sky of my heart and I passed from death into life. That was the final weekend of my freshman year at college and the Lord had, unbeknownst to me, been working on me all year even … Continue reading A Celebration: 5 Years in Christ, an Eternity to Go!
I generally refrain from political posts but the slogan of a certain tangerine-colored Republican, along with its many earned shouts of agreement nation-wide, has tripped my "thinking wire" several times in the last year. I will advocate for neither Trump nor Hillary (I am on neither side because neither candidate is on my side, dear … Continue reading What if America was Never “Great?”
I am not content. I've lived in Missouri all my life and I want out. Desperately. But am I as desperate to trust the Lord that He has me in the palm of His hand, that He has me exactly where I am supposed to be? If not, then I am committing idolatry and pouring … Continue reading Moment by Moment Contentedness
I'm just posting ALL the rough and vulnerable things recently. But the Lord's bringing me through a lot so it's expected I guess. I posted "Part I" to this post last October (as a note on Facebook) when my disgust with my body was peaking like it does every now and again. What set me … Continue reading Body Image Part II: The Ugly Truth
Hey everyone! I normally don't post things this close together but as I received the verdict yesterday, I figured I'd go ahead and post. This is going to be an even BRIEFER update than the last one! Because I'm not going to Germany (at least not super soon)! The circumstances I feared would keep me … Continue reading Germany Update!
Hey everyone! This really will be a SUPER quick update. After much deliberation, prayer, counsel (and waiting FO EVA for a background check....glad they didn't find the bodies 😉 MY APPLICATION TO GERMANY IS ON ITS WAY!!!!!!! 😀 I have applied to stay for only 6 months to begin with and could start ANY time … Continue reading A *very* brief Germany Update