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…

No Power of Hell: An Easter Reflection

Satan thinks he has won. Everything is aligning. His murderous plan for God’s beloved is coming together perfectly. The key players are in place, having been deceived into thinking they will benefit from their corroboration. These are the final days. And the hearts of men are wicked and depraved enough to mock, malign, and spit…

Word.

As a writer, I love words. As a Christian living in a post-truth era, I am way over the word games this reality-optional society wants us all to play. People seem to have accepted the ridiculous notion that if you say something, the mere act of you saying it automatically makes it true. Has this…

(Dis)Unity

Do you ever look at the disunity in the church and wonder what the heck is going on? Why do some Christians espouse only grace and mercy without a whisper of repentance, while others yell about the judgment of God; failing to soften the blow with the equal force of God’s unfailing love and forgiveness?…

Everything’s On Fire

How’s everyone’s Tuesday going? Me? I’m just gearing up to play the “This is not a joke” drinking game with El Beardo as we tune into the Oration de la Somnambulist later this evening. Calm down. It will be mostly ginger beer. Predictions: We will hear how well the va{{ines are working as we come…

Making Room for More

I’ve never been what you’d call “outdoorsy”. I think nature is beautiful, but don’t ask me to camp. I don’t do bugs. I don’t enjoy peeing outside. I’ll hike to get some exercise and take in some scenery, but I don’t feel the need to commune with the woods any longer than I have to….

Thinking Long-Term

When we make decisions out of fear, sometimes we neglect to take long-term repercussions into consideration. The choices we make in an effort to avoid pain or distress or hardship today may provide short-term relief, but what if these decisions cause greater pain and hardship down the line? I think of women who stay with…

Unfiltered.

My poor husband. We’re enjoying a cozy Sunday snuggled into the couch, watching Ordinary Joe, making passing comments about how everything has to be woke these days, and then I grow noticeably more dissatisfied and grumpy so we turn off the tv and for the next thirty minutes I spill out all of the discouragement…

It’s a Wonderful Life (or it can be!)

I just watched “It’s a Wonderful Life” for the first time last night. I know, I know. I think the opening scene with blinking stars talking to each other put me off enough to change the channel in the past, but they were talking about how…wonderful…it was on my favorite podcast so I decided to…

Merry Christmas, Jerks!

We are quick to put others in boxes these days. We’ve all been guilty of it. We’ve been judged and been found wanting. We’ve judged others just as mercilessly and decided they aren’t worth our energy anymore. You’ve been a jerk to people this past couple years. Unless your crowd is thoroughly tight-lipped with their…