I’m not big on New Year’s Resolutions. Instead of making ambitious and unrealistic promises that will inevitably be broken before Lent, I like to approach these things with a lighter attitude. This post isn’t about solemn vows to change the world in the new year. It’s just list of stuff I liked this year and … More Things I Liked in 2019 & Things I’m Trying in 2020.
The day before yesterday, I was suddenly struck by deep gut pain, and it’s the kind that takes your breath out. A year and a half ago, I was hospitalized for the same thing, but this time, thank God, it wasn’t quite as bad. After a trip to the ER, a contrast CT, a bunch … More The Only Thing That Matters
You may have noticed that I’ve been on a blog post frenzy, lately. It’s been so cathartic for me to have this time. We’ve been in a very rare (and woefully short) season when I am home and have time on my hands to write. I am between study seasons with my small groups, and … More (Free) Christian Media That Changed Me
I find Christmas extremely stressful. I just do. We’re entering the Advent season for 2019, and I’m making a concerted effort this year to love Christmas and anticipate it rather than worrying about it. It’s easier said than done. The stress starts with Halloween. The last week of peace and stability in my annual schedule … More Holidays Are My Nightmare Hellscape
Fasting is a secular fad, nowadays. In 2019, fasting seems to be the new “it” way to diet. Celebrities are doing it. Weight loss books are being written about it. “Intermittent fasting” is a term I see all over the place and hear people talking about from time to time. Let me assure you… This … More Whenever You Fast…
I love men. I cherish them. I have a father and a stepfather, and I love both of them dearly. I have a brother whose humor and goodness light up every room he enters. I have pastors who encourage me, guide me, and answer all of my many questions with the patience of Job. I … More Where Are Our Men?
My darling and long-time friend Sandi has asked me many times to share my favorite Christian podcasts and pastors and studies with her. I hope that I’ve given her answers in the past, but I know I’ve never taken the time to sit down and give her a comprehensive list. That’s horrible. So let’s just … More My Favorites – The Things I Read, Watch, & Listen To in Bible Study
Depression sucks. You may or may not remember the first article I wrote on this blog that talked about our first day back in church after two decades of non-participation. The sermon that day was about anxiety and worry and the sin of despondence. It spoke to me, and it let me know that … More Depression is Different When God’s Here
Last Christmas, I decided to purchase new bibles for my mother-in-law and a dear friend. I had just spent the previous year falling in love with Scripture, and I wanted to spread the excitement. I knew these two women would receive a Bible gift with pleasure, and after extensive Bible browsing, I landed on the … More A New Bible for a New Season
There seems to be a prevailing opinion in the US that big churches are successful, little churches are failing, and megachurches are bad. I will start by acknowledging that some big churches are big because they are successful. Some little churches are small because they are failing. Some megachurches are so mega that they … More A Successful Church