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October 2016

On Pessimism and Optimism about Humanity – Part 4

Part 4 of 4 (See: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3) “Versus” creates conflict but “And” creates tension and music. The key in our approach to these tensious or conflicting ideas is grace. If grace were singular and uniform than we... Continue Reading →


On Pessimism and Optimism about Humanity – Part 3

(Part 3 of 4. See Part 1 and Part 2) Christians should hold to “and” more than “or”. These ideas stretch in tension together rather than fighting in conflict. In fact, the Bible appears to confirm “and” theology. Humans are capable of so... Continue Reading →

On Pessimism and Optimism about Humanity – Part 2

Part 2 of 4. (See Part 1) I learn many things from the TV box, the printed page, and Sunday pulpit. The majority of those ideas could fall under one of these two roofs. A. Humans are capable and have so... Continue Reading →

On Pessimism and Optimism about Humanity – Part 1

You have a choice when faced with two ideas that are difficult to reconcile. Tension or conflict. You can argue that “A” is versus “B.” That these ideas conflict and could never dwell in harmony. You must champion one over... Continue Reading →

Self-Control: Three Reasons It’s Difficult to Address and Apply

Self-control is not a topic that is often discussed. When self-control is mentioned, it is often incomplete or short-lived. For at least three reasons, self-control is difficult to address and apply. 1. Self-control exposes a rebellious heart. We are regularly confronted with... Continue Reading →

Self-Control: The Forgotten Fruit

I have grown up in the church. I went to Bible college and graduated from seminary. Yet, one topic seemed to be glaringly absent upon reflection. Self-control. Sure, the church might do a fast for a special event or highlight self-control... Continue Reading →

I Gave Up Being Careful

“Careful climbing over that chair" “Careful swinging your stuff animal around the room" “Careful running down the sidewalk" “Careful not to smash your cars into your baby brother’s head" The one word I seem to use with my son more... Continue Reading →

My Fellow Millennials

Dear Fellow Millennials, I am sick and tired of the labeling attached to this title of “Millennial” as much as you are. Yes, the aversion to labeling further identifies me as a Millennial. I know we are more than iPhones,... Continue Reading →

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