How Holy Should I Be Today?

I catch myself thinking a lot about how much stuff I do wrong in life. I focus on the little details, times I lied, cheated, lusted, and a host of other things. It’s a deep, dark hole that only gets deeper and darker the more I explore it. I’ve learned a lot in this hole. It’s rarely been fun. Yet sometimes it feels like picking at a scab. It hurts really bad, but there’s a satisfaction in seeing it come off. Or maybe it’s like a peeling sunburn… whichever analogy works better for you. After spending a lot of time in this hole (and I mean a LOT). I’ve learned three really important lessons, all compliments of the Holy Spirit School of Hard Knocks. Continue Reading...

There’s Theology in Them There Memes

Ok… Let’s have some fun. I like a good meme, just like anyone else. They always carry a bit of truth (in some way) with them. And a few of them make you laugh so hard your office mates have to come see if you’re alright. I like seeing the truth in funny things. It portrays a worldview the person who created the meme is either facing, either in themselves or in people around them. There’s theology to be done in almost, dare I say every, meme. Continue Reading...

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...