Extraordinary Christian Life, Ordinary People – Ezra Washburn – Ep 059

This week, Ezra Washburn shares his experience working through the Christian life. Ezra is a construction worker in Nebraska who also serves as a worship leader and youth pastor. He knows what it’s like to work through tough issues as God works on him over the years. The lessons he’s learned and shares this week are some of the simplest, yet vital lessons every Christian needs to learn. It’s no coincidence the most profound truth comes from the simplest things we do. Continue Reading...

Learning to Walk the Christian Life with Andréa Snavely – Ep 051

Today we talk with Theology in Progress contributor, Dr. Andréa Snavely. Dr. Snavely was previously on Episode 8 of the podcast where we talked about his book, Life in the Spirit. On this episode we talk about his transition from University professor to missionary. We ask him about his call to missions and why the church needs to be more involved in missions around the world. Continue Reading...

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...

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...

Why You Shouldn’t Just Pray for Happiness

David asks for something our generation does not often request from God, he asks for joy. I hear many ask for happiness, but not many ask for joy. It’s a tough distinction to make, especially when the Christian life is filled with pain and suffering. There’s nothing fair about a devoted, life-long Christian developing a terminal cancer at age 45. There’s no happiness in the senseless death of two-year-old child. Yet the dominant Christian mindset in America seems to be, “God, don’t let bad things happen to good people!” Continue Reading...