Empty, Alone, and Doing the Right Thing Picture this for a moment: you’re running down a dark alley. There are towering high-rise apartments on each side of you, and debris is falling from above. There are elephant-sized tears welling up and running across your face like a window in the middle of a rainstorm. Up … Continue reading How I Almost Lost My Faith—and How I Found It Again
It's October of last year. The trees of Ouachita Baptist University are in color, and I am having the time of my life. I am wearing sweatpants and a t-shirt to every class. My earbuds never leave my ears, and things could not go any better, except when my schedule tells me I have to … Continue reading The Unforgettable Jesus
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud” (1 Corinthians 13:4). Love is a word people often use to describe how they feel towards something or someone on a daily basis. I often say things like “I love to sleep past 10 am” or “I … Continue reading What is Love?
What did it take to foil a church, sever a culture in two, and frame the message of Jesus, turning it into something to manipulate others for material gain? Was it fundamentalist legalism? Baby boomers? Abusive church leaders? Donald Trump? Nancy Pelosi? The gender revolution? We could journey through the prior decades and gives scores … Continue reading The First Love Get-Back: Ephesus, Evangelicals, and the Players of the Church Game
Imagine you are standing on the balance beam. If you watch gymnastics, you have probably seen the incredible acrobatics that gymnasts can do while staying on this narrow piece of equipment. From somersaults to handstands, they look perfectly in control as they elegantly travel the beam. Maybe you can't imagine yourself doing those same acrobatics, … Continue reading Balance Beam