Sinfluencers

We’ve got a huge problem in the church. And, no, it’s not the sodium content at the potlucks. It’s an astonishing lack of discernment. And I’m afraid it will lead to a great many walking away from God altogether. I see it in the “likes” and reposts on social media. Some of the smartest, kindest,…

You Lost?

The internet is quite the angry place this week. Some of the arguments are like this: “We should be able to murder children in the womb because they will all just be killed by a mass shooter at school if they’re allowed to live now.”..or… “There’s a temporary baby formula shortage right now so obviously…

Relatable ≠ Reliable

You might be a false teacher if: • You are the star of your “ministry.” • The beliefs and “theology” you teach contradict God’s. • You not only refuse to condemn sin; you applaud it. • You exalt certain passages of Scripture but ignore or reject the ones you don’t personally agree with. •You teach…

Heart to Heart

I tend to poke the bear when I write. I know I do. I’ve been muted and unfollowed and unfriended by countless acquaintances and also, sadly, by people I love. And I’ve asked myself what I’m doing wrong. And then when I think carefully through what I write, and why I write, I find nothing…

Enough

Many peoples’ belts are a little tighter these days, and not just from the Crunch & Munch Buttery Toffee Popcorn found in the dollar section at the Dollar General off of Mountain Road. Prices may fluctuate a bit, but they are trending higher and higher. Most people I talk to are saying they’re finding it…

Life Hack #1

It’s cool these days to say that Christianity is stupid and oppressive. But I say the opposite is true. I say if you reject the Bible’s teachings; if you you divorce your life from the One who created it; you are in for a world of hurt and bitter disappointment; if not in this life,…

Being Invested (Or: There Will Be Poo)

Every evening, right before dusk, a family of bluebirds flits over from wherever they’ve been all day into our backyard to eat dinner. Mom, dad, and fledglings perch on top of Audrey’s swing-set to eat after pecking around in the garden. There’s also some purple finches and last night I was surprised by an American…

Making a Joyful Noise

Last night I dreamed a parade of solemn, angry protesters was marching through my neighborhood. As they came around the bend and got closer, I could read the signs they held in tight, unmovable fists. They were Christians. And they were, quite literally, mad at the world. I remember thinking to myself as they trudged…

Family Matters

We’ve started watching “Little House on the Prairie” with Audrey. She has loved the first couple books in the series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, so we thought the show might bring some of the stories to life. We’re enjoying it! It’s wholesome and educational and sweet; the true story of a family who pulling together…

Christians and Sin

All sin separates us from God. This means a few things (well, a few that I want to touch on. You don’t have all day. I count myself lucky you’ve read this far). First, it means that no one person has better standing than another in front of God. If we are without Christ, we…