You have something a regular bystander doesn't.
With every global pandemic, personal failure, racist attack, soured relationship, and global injustice, do you wonder what God's game plan is? How can we have faith in Him?
For every disaster or disease or crime or pestilence, there's a sermon given by an earnest pastor who goes on and on and on about God's faithfulness and His power and His love and His protection - while smoothly skipping over the fact that plenty of people were not protected, and did indeed suffer.
Summary: A brand new year. Not just a new year, a brand new decade is standing before us, fresh and clean, ready to be lived. How does it make you feel? I always start wondering about what the new year will bring. What will make me laugh? What will I cry over? What will scare … Continue reading New Year, New Confidence (Numbers 12)
Summary: What is your favorite art form? Can you spend hours at an art museum? Do you love to dance - or at least watching people dance? Or are you a reader at heart? One of my favorite art forms, after writing, is television and film. It's fascinating the different techniques and tactics people use … Continue reading There Will Be Blood (Exodus 29)
Summary: I went to this Seventh-Day Adventist youth conference once. It was like seven years ago. The conference was called iServe, and that was really supposed to be the point of it - service. On one of the days of the conference, all the young people loaded up onto huge charter buses and went out … Continue reading People Are Dying (Exodus 11)
Summary: "I need to get out more." That is only one of the refrains that makes up the constant background noise in our minds, but it is a common one. Especially nowadays. What with perfectly crafted Instagrams, Facebook check-ins, and Venmo histories, we are always being bombarded with reminders of the things we should be … Continue reading The Loneliest Delusion (Exodus 10)
Summary: You ever hear about those scams people end up falling for? Men and women send money to people halfway across the world, believing the scammer's promise of millions of dollars in the future. Hopeless romantics form relationships online, despite the object of their affections dubiously claiming to be Tyler Perry or even just super … Continue reading Christians Are Crazy (Exodus 6)
Summary: When was the last time you felt a 'NOPE' in your spirit? You know what I'm talking about. Someone asks you to do something with them or for them or even suggests you do something for yourself. Maybe you agree at first. But then you start to reconsider. And the more you think about … Continue reading Adult Tantrums (Exodus 4)
Summary: High school math was torture for me. The fight for A's in Pre-Calculus and Trigonometry was like a life or death struggle. I remember one time finishing a quiz and literally feeling as if I were panting and sweating, crawling across a finish line after a harrowing mental workout. Hard as it was, though, … Continue reading The Wonderful World of Wrestling (Genesis 32)