I know I've had an extended hiatus from writing since February but I hope to be back now with at least some regularity. I turned 26 last week and am writing this short, belated birthday post about my three regrets of the past five years and my three hopes for the next five years. The … Continue reading On Turning 26
Un-mask Coursing. Rushing Fool's heroine running wild through veins Panting The slow build of steady fire, flames sweetly consuming stomach lining. Bidden, begged for Butterflies? Nah, some crazed creature with claws. Tearing resistance away with promised pleasure. Palpable, the color of passion consumes intimate places pulsate Red not the angry kind. Stop. Thoughts screeching. Look … Continue reading A Second Prayer for the Sexually Tempted
"Follow your dreams" If there's one statement that sums up the overall American mindset for the last hundred years, it's that. A relic from our ancestors' "American dream," exalting dreams to a status they neither deserve nor can fulfill is almost in our blood. And for the follower of Christ, dreams must first be submitted … Continue reading Dreams Ought Not be god
Sight Whether you're being tempted by words in a book, images in your head or false pixels on a screen, the ultimate problem is that you're not exalting Christ as Lord above all things. I know your heart whispers "as long as it stays inside my head, I'm good " However, Christ says it's the … Continue reading A First Prayer for the Sexually Tempted
"Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight."--Romans 12:15 Do weddings stir up pain for you or make you uncomfortable? Though my joy overflows for the bride and groom, I usually burst into … Continue reading The Hard Path of Choosing Rejoicing over Envy
The title's alarming, isn't it? So is this one: "Men Prefer Debt-Free Virgins Without Tattoos." This post is largely a response to that post. The notions behind both titles are frightening: God's grace is not enough; Christ's sacrifice was not enough. If that's true, we're all done for. I want to start off by saying I do … Continue reading Women Only Want Men Who Have Never Watched Porn
"You could've been a doctor after 8 years of schooling" “Are you going to be employable after you get your Master’s?” I sighed. Cue the waves of regret. These two statements threatened to put a huge damper on any excitement for my upcoming entrance into seminary. Because they’re true. I could've been a doctor in … Continue reading Encouragement for the Indecisive Graduate
I want to begin by saying that I am not shaming you for being single (I am single myself!) but rather pointing out attitudes of the heart that singleness can bring toward marriage that aren't Christ-centered or accurate. #1 You Fear Marriage As I pointed out in my previous article, if fear of anything other … Continue reading Christian, are you Staying Single for the Wrong Reasons?
#5 in my "Pervasive Problems in the American Church" series, closely related to #3. So many in America do not trust the Gospel to be enough to "hold the attention" of the people they're trying to draw. What a woeful neglect to remember God's power to raise the dead and to keep them alive! To … Continue reading We do not Trust the Gospel to be the Gospel
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!