Aren’t We Inherently Good?

When you look into a sweet baby's eyes it's hard to think of that baby as a sinner. When you look at yourself, you know your good intentions and you know the justifications for your own sins. It's tempting to think the baby is good. It's tempting to think we are good; that we aren't "bad" people, committing "those" sins. We think we would likely choose the "good" choice the … [Read more...]

What’s the Deal with Spiritual Gifts?

Charismatic churches and religions are growing, and evangelical churches are jumping in with spiritual gifts tests and classes, so many people are wondering, "What's the deal with spiritual gifts?" Spiritual gifts as a whole are much too large to cover in one blog post. However, I decided to write a little about them because of a comment on my last post, Religion Matters, where … [Read more...]

35 Things to Do Instead of Facebook

Let's be honest. For most of us, there's a lot to like about Facebook. I like reading my friends' status updates and looking at their pictures. I like seeing funny or inspirational memes. I like being encouraged through articles and Scriptures posted by others. I like stumbling across a recipe or quick tip that's helpful in my life. I like finding Christian … [Read more...]

Religion Matters

Instead of sharing straight from Scripture this time, I am going to share some things about my story. My heart is heavy with many things. I came across an old Tweet that I had re-tweeted from a previous pastor, with a quote that said something like, "God doesn't care about your religion; it's your relationships that matter." I agreed with it at the time, but things have changed … [Read more...]

When Life Hands You Trash

Events happen all the time that make us say, "What am I supposed to do with this junk?" Here are three truths to remember when life hands you trash.

Sometimes life hands you trash. Do you get rid of it as soon as possible or try to make the best of it?   Not long ago, our printer died. We did our best to resurrect it, but . . . we failed. So, late one night we set it at the end of our driveway, hoping one of the trash collectors who scout the neighborhood would be happy to take it away for pieces or recycling … [Read more...]