Christian Living

Passion Isn’t the Same As Calling

How to discern what God wants for your life. – By Relevant Magazine (relevantmagazine.com)

I never cared for discernment in my early years of being a Christian. All that mattered to me was love and passion. As long as I loved God and was passionate about reaching people, I was on the right track.

However, a few years into ministry and leadership roles, I learned that passion was not enough to accomplish the things that God […]

By | 2019-01-25T08:26:29+00:00 January 28th, 2019|Christian Living, Spiritual Growth|

Come to the Table: The Importance of Communion

I love holidays—and yes, I view birthdays and anniversaries as holidays. They’re great, aren’t they? Who doesn’t love time off from work, festive attire, great food, and celebrating with the people we love? From Thanksgiving and Christmas to wedding anniversaries and birthdays, these days often contain some of our most vivid memories. In my house, we not only celebrate our wedding anniversary, but I also like to celebrate the anniversary of the day I met my wife—at a Macaroni Grill […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:12:32+00:00 May 25th, 2018|Christian Living, Spiritual Growth|

More Than Conquerers in a World of Trouble

Whenever I want to put on a movie at home and don’t have anything new to watch, chances are I’m going to put on either a superhero flick or something from the Star Wars or Lord of the Rings sagas. Recently, I decided to watch Avengers: Age of Ultron for probably the eighth or ninth time.

In this most recent viewing, I was really struck by one line delivered towards the end of the film. Reflecting on some of the events that had just taken place, Natasha […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:13:22+00:00 March 21st, 2018|Christian Living, Spiritual Growth|

The Weight of Sin

Have you ever weighed food before? As a kid, I used to love going to the grocery store for—amongst a great many reasons—the thrill of putting plantains, potatoes, apples, or peaches on the scale. I know it sounds ridiculous, but I actually thought it was pretty awesome. I even made a game out of guessing how many fruits it would take to reach a certain weight.

Why am I telling you this very strange and seemingly insignificant detail of my past? […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:15:08+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|Christian Living, Spiritual Growth|

The Problem With Prejudices

My earliest memory with prejudice was from the second grade. One day, my teacher asked the students to draw a picture of what they wanted to be when they were older. I, a bright-eyed, naïve little chap, drew a picture of myself as the President of the United States of America. My teacher took one look at it and said to me, “You’ll never be President with your last name, sweetie.” Bam! Just like that, the dreams of a seven-year-old […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:15:37+00:00 January 4th, 2018|Christian Living, Culture|

Can I Lose My Salvation?

At some point or another in our Christian walk, we’ve probably all pondered this. Usually, it comes during a season of remorse, drifting, or on the heels of prodigal living. We wonder, Can God still really love me after what I’ve done? Not after this. This is too much. I have conversed with believers who thought they had crossed a line from which there was no coming back. They truly believed God was done with them, that their eternal security was gone […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:16:04+00:00 December 23rd, 2017|Christian Living, Spiritual Growth|

The Word Became Flesh: Understanding the Logos

Have you ever been asked to summarize who you are? Maybe you had to write a bio for your Facebook or LinkedIn profile. Maybe you’ve been asked to describe yourself during a job interview. Maybe you were on a date and you were asked the question, “So tell me about yourself.” In those moments, we try to find the best words to condense in our origin, heritage, personality, character, credentials, strengths, and our likes and dislikes into a few words.

Here’s […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:16:45+00:00 August 23rd, 2017|Christian Living, Spiritual Growth|

Accidental Pharisees

Some groups of people seem destined to be at odds with one another forever. Hatfields and McCoys, Yorks and Lancasters, Capulets and Montagues, Trekkies and Warsies, Yankees and Red Sox, elves and dwarves . . . and the list goes on and on. We even see this in the Bible with the Jews and the Samaritans.

Many times, the feuding factions don’t even know why they’re at each other’s throats, or their feud is based on some petty slight. In Romeo and Juliet, we’re never […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:17:26+00:00 July 7th, 2017|Christian Living, Spiritual Growth|

Living as an Ambassador for Christ

“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.”—2 Corinthians 5:20

We are called to be Christ’s ambassadors on earth.

What does that mean? What’s an ambassador? Here’s what the dictionary says it is. The word ambassador means: An official representative. We all pretty much know that. When we hear that, we think of the government. I think of the United Nations, of an embassy. I think of people from all these different countries and parts of […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:17:31+00:00 June 13th, 2017|Christian Living, Spiritual Growth|

A Matter of the Heart

The old saying goes, “The best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” While I am certain this is not true for all men, it is definitely true of me. If you were looking to find the key that opens the treasure box to my heart, chances are you’ll probably find it in a Brazilian steakhouse, a burger joint, or a pizza parlor. I love food. So, naturally, the woman I would choose to bind my heart to […]

By | 2018-06-20T08:17:36+00:00 March 16th, 2017|Christian Living, Spiritual Growth|