Why Does My Christian Life Feel Like I Can’t Win?

The struggle of the Christian life is real. We fight against sin in our lives. We wrestle with doubts and confusion. We wait for the resurrection that never seems near enough when we lose a loved one. And we work tirelessly to live up to the calling God has placed on our lives as we follow Jesus. This hardly sounds like the victorious life I hear people talk about. When I can’t feel God around me in the middle of my situation, I feel as though I’ve been sent out into a room of a thousand people and told to teach them how to do a successful brain transplant. I have no idea what I’m doing, and the one who does is apparently silent. Where’s the victory in that? When a pregnant, Christian mother is at home alone with her child and an intruder rapes and then murders her in front of her child, injustice is an understatement. Where’s the victory in that? When a pastor of a large congregation battles depression and anxiety from his past, repented sin, crippling him behind the scenes and ruining his family life, defeat may be a better description. Where’s the victory in that? The Christian life in my experience isn’t filled with the daisies, roses, and rainbows I hear about from some pulpits. Where’s the victory they talk about? I can find an answer when I look at Scripture. Continue Reading...

What Happens After We Die – Ep 036

In this episode we sat down and discussed what happens after we die. Since the Bible isn’t terrible clear on the logistics of the after life, and since none of us have died this episode is mostly speculative. Do people go straight to heaven or hell? Is there a holding place? How many judgements are there? These are just a few of the things that came up. Listen in and do theology with us. Continue Reading...

Joy and Persecution in the Christian Life – Ep 034

Suffering and persecution isn’t something we experience much of in America. But those outside the country often have a radically different experience of Christian life in a non-Christian community. Is persecution necessary for Christian life? What does a joyful Christian life look like in the midst of persecution? Check out this week’s conversation with Yandy and Tanya Leyva, both immigrants to America, who’ve experienced a part of the Christian life rarely experienced in America. Continue Reading...