Reading Time: 2 minutes It is hard to be thankful for pain when you consider all the moments you got to hold you kid and listen to her floating laugh echoing in the halls, which now ring only with the high-pitched, tinny whine that your ears pick up when there is only silence. It’s hard to be thankful for the times your mom cooked you your favorite dinner as you stand in the kitchen, now empty forever, helping load boxes of items you have to do, well, something with. It’s hard to be thankful for the pain as you tell your best friend and confidant, “I finally got rid of his toothbrush today. I guess this makes it real.”
Reading Time: 2 minutes One of the stranger things about atheism is that pedophilia isn’t a choice under it. Why? Because the laws of cause and effect outside of the head don’t stop in the inside of the head.
Reading Time: 14 minutes Although I’d known the various views on immersion that churches today tend to hold, I was curious about what Christians closer to the time of Jesus thought. In this post I explore a number of their early writings, and then offer my own conclusions.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Saved by faith alone? A little more? What’s the answer?
Reading Time: 3 minutes The Bible tells of salvation through family trees, explaining events that were to come and which then came. Leaving out the parts before this (which were blessing to generation, blessing to generation, etc.), I can focus on Jacob, who had 12 sons. His sons became the 12 tribes of Israel, each tribe being named after one of the sons. When he was about to die, Jacob told his son Judah,…
Reading Time: 2 minutes In the past I’ve run into unexpected cruddy behavior and found myself asking, “What in the world do I do now, and how can I make it as painful for them as possible?”
Reading Time: < 1 minute “I will come again and conquer you, because as a mountain you can’t grow, but as a human, I can.”
Reading Time: 3 minutes Humans have an amazing ability to adapt to bad situations. Our minds can take terrible circumstances and slowly normalize them, leading us to cope and even find happiness when things are rough. But there is a flipside: this same ability allows us to become desensitized to evil. Vile acts simply become a new normal over time.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Look at that picture. It’s funny, and for me, it’s almost entirely true. I like having maybe one close friend/girlfriend and then one other friend besides that. It makes my life simple. As a rule, I am an introvert and not that adept at understanding my own feelings and navigating relationships…
Reading Time: 2 minutes The percentage of scientists who abandoned belief in a spiritual realm over the course of 100 years is remarkable.
Reading Time: 6 minutes This post seeks to view two different sides of a common debate over whether or not the Lord’s Supper can be taken on Sunday only, or rather at any time. I will probably add to it significantly in the coming months, but for now I present this very spartan framework.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Many people have probably grown up hearing, “And that concludes the Lord’s Supper. Now we are give back of ourselves financially, as we are commanded to do upon the first day of the week.”
Is that correct?
Reading Time: 5 minutes This post features a timeline that assesses how giving looked and progressed in the New Testament church. I hope you found it as helpful as I did.
Reading Time: 10 minutes Kings and nations share one thing in common: they rise to power, and then they die. In this post I examine the 8 stages of all great nations, the deadliness of decadence and the self-loathing it leads to, as well as what Christians need to do.
Reading Time: 4 minutes Far from being contemptuous of ethics, the perpetrators acted in strict conformity with an ethic which held that, however difficult and unpleasant the task might have been, mass extermination of the Jews and Gypsies was entirely justified.
Reading Time: 8 minutes Many of the following ideas are sourced from “How to Have Impossible Conversations: A Very Practical Guide” as well as the Bible.
Reading Time: 2 minutes If marriage is just based on happiness (s/he makes me happy/money is good/what a hottie), it’s easily threatened.
Reading Time: 3 minutes On atheism, there are not actually various possible futures. That is to say, there is actually only one future that is ever possible. And there is little difference between you and a rock.
Reading Time: 2 minutes People will always find ways to extract money from others by telling them what they’d like to hear. For many, the “health, wealth, and happiness” message is very appealing.
Reading Time: 7 minutes Imagine being married and not really knowing your spouse at all—in fact, imagine if the only thing you knew about your spouse was what others told you about them. Would that be healthy?
Reading Time: 5 minutes Three different thoughts on the Trinity and God, from three different angles.
Reading Time: 3 minutes The sweet, addicting dopamine drip of performative moralizing is a hard habit to kick, and one that I need to work on. Here’s why.
Reading Time: < 1 minute Although “bringing people to Christ” sounds great, it is much better and more challenging to bring Christ (in us) to people.
Reading Time: < 1 minute You don’t lead by hitting people over the head—that’s assault, not leadership.
Reading Time: 2 minutes “I just want to be loved and valued. I want to be number one in his life. Unconditional love…that’s what I want.” We understand this. She needs his love. She needs love when she’s firing on all cylinders, and she needs it even more when she’s worn down—the kids are going full-barbarian, the water heater’s out, and the stir-fry dinner just got complicated by a lack of rice. “I need…