The gospel (literally the good news) of Jesus Christ in its simplest explanation is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus (1 Cor 15:1-8). But the good news doesn’t stop there. The reason why Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection is “good news” is that the same hope of death to an old life and the resurrection … Continue reading Are We Turning the Gospel Into Bad News?
The commonality of slavery in first-century Rome led many New Testament authors to employ references to slavery in order to illustrate spiritual truths. One such spiritual truth is that we are all slaves. White, Black, Christian, non-Christian, American, non-American—everyone is a slave to something. The Paul makes this point in Romans 6:16-19: Do you not know … Continue reading Who Is Our Master?
The election season seems worse every year. The vitriol and unwillingness to compromise seem worse than ever. It is at a time like this when a Christian’s light ought to shine brightest. Followers of Christ shouldn’t blend into the crowd of those spewing hatred in the name of politics. When someone engages us in a … Continue reading Election Season Tips for Christians
For many, jail is a scary place. We would do whatever we could to avoid going there and certainly wouldn’t go there willingly. Incarceration is highly stigmatized in America and the thought of ourselves or a loved one serving time makes us uncomfortable. The thought of having our rights revoked and privileges stripped is never … Continue reading 3 Reasons to Get Involved With a Jail or Prison Ministry
I know the title sounds like a contradiction. How can anxiety and blessing even be uttered in the same breath? My goal isn’t to be insensitive or to undermine anyone’s struggles, only to share my own experiences. That being said, anxiety is something that should be taken seriously and if you are struggling with it I … Continue reading How Can an Anxiety Disorder Be a Blessing?
Christ’s church is not a structure of brick and mortar, but a collection of sinners made holy by the blood of Jesus. Though the church for which Jesus died is guaranteed an eternal existence (cf. Dan 2:44; Matt 16:18; Eph 3:20-21; Heb 12:28), individual congregations can still succumb to spiritual decay, and eventually, spiritual death. The spiritual reality of … Continue reading Spiritual Decay: The Threat of Apathy
Who is the main character of the Bible? God. It's his book, his revelation, his communication, describing his actions with his people. I should be obvious then that God shows up in the Bible a lot. It's how he has chosen to reveal himself most consistently throughout time, and even many of his non-literary revelations … Continue reading My Favorite Descriptions of God
Growing up in Florida, I was surrounded by orange groves, blueberry fields, and watermelon patches. Though I’ve never farmed anything, I had many friends who were involved in either the planting or harvesting of all the fruit central Florida has to offer. I had many friends with entire families working in planting and harvesting of … Continue reading The Harvest Is Now
Have you ever felt like you were on the verge of being worked to death? Maybe after hours of overtime at your job without a break or vacation, doing chores as a kid, or when faced with an ever-growing “honey-do” list? Being worked to death is a common expression we use to describe too much … Continue reading Worked to Death
Have you ever had an experience sleepwalking? To my knowledge, I’ve only sleepwalked once in my life. However, according to a Fox News report, 3.6% of the American population sleepwalks regularly. That’s over 8 million people! In fact, people can do all kinds of things in their sleep. I know someone who even sleep-eats. On occasion … Continue reading Are You Awake?