i gave my wife away

A surprising number of cliché phrases about marriage suddenly make great sense to me, and it’s only been a few weeks. After six years of friendship, my bride and I are officially doing life together as best friends and partners in crime, and I can already attest to the sageful truth behind the joke, happy wife, happy life. Our adventure…

your view of heaven matters

This article is a continuation of a different article I wrote this week, called The Purpose of Our Salvation. While it can easily stand alone, reading the first one might make my comments below about heaven and salvation make a little more sense. Since heaven represents the fruition of salvation, how we imagine heaven is a crucial indicator of how well we understand…

church misconception

Church is not a group of people who take refuge in each other. The purpose is not to always be there for each other and never let each other down. You’ll quickly be disappointed if you walk in with the expectation of receiving never-ending friendship and intimacy from the people you meet. In no time at all, you’ll be “church…

Communion: what it meant for the first disciples

Anyone who grew up in the church recognizes the ritual. You may know it as The Lord’s Supper– maybe the Eucharist if you’re the formal type. Ultimately, it really doesn’t matter what you call it, as long as you know that it’s one of the major Christian sacraments. But do we really understand what it means?…

put down your sign

  We had a picketer show up on the sidewalk outside church a couple Sundays back. Zip-tied to his long PVC pole was a sign that read “God will judge the nations.” For effect, he had a big atomic mushroom cloud painted on the other side. When those of us who saw him from inside got…

trusting God in non-tragedies

Tragedies: we’ve all had them and despite how much they universally suck, we will all have more of them. It’s an unfortunate part of life that strangely reveals– almost defines– God’s goodness. After all, how would we know to call smooth sailing “smooth” without the occasional rough waters? During a tragedy, it’s not uncommon for even the…