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 In a prayer with me last night, a little kid requested, “God, please make bad people into good people so that they can be our friends.”
Reading Time: 2 minutes You must never upset anyone. You must avoid confrontation at all costs. You must be quiet in the face of an intolerant minority, that they not be offended. Instead of acting like men and being strong, you most nobly ponder, “What is a man? Is there a difference even between men and women? It seems messy and hard to tell.”
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…
Reading Time: 2 minutes Some advice I was given on picking a mate.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Truth dies in darkness; hope dies in silence.
Reading Time: 2 minutes One of my friends told me how she was concerned that I wasn’t vulnerable. We listened to Brene Brown’s “The Power of Vulnerability” together so that I could understand her better.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Communication is the lifeblood of relationships. Do you know what a “phatic” communication is?
Reading Time: 3 minutes Are little kids born sinful?
Reading Time: < 1 minute It’s always BNSF.