Purity culture: The fruit of our “lawish hearts”- A book review

A Culture Born from our "Of Works-ness" I'm listening to Dane Ortlund's audiobook version of Gentle and Lowly- The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers on my commute to and from work. Driving home the other day, the narrator read the title of the 20th chapter, "Our lawish hearts. His lavish heart." And as … Continue reading Purity culture: The fruit of our “lawish hearts”- A book review

Three reasons you think you shouldn’t serve in your church’s kids ministry

Photo by Victoria Borodinova on Pexels.com Whether your church calls it family ministry, children's ministry, kids ministry... whatever it's called, here are three reasons people often give for why they shouldn't serve in a ministry that involves children. I propose these three reasons are exactly why you should sign up this Sunday to serve in … Continue reading Three reasons you think you shouldn’t serve in your church’s kids ministry

Words, walls, and the winning way of Jesus

In the days after the November 3rd election, I scrolled through my Twitter and Facebook feeds, reading posts from people with crosses, fish symbols and scripture references in their taglines, that left me grieved. They used words like, "go to hell,” held up their Bibles, guns, favored-candidate's flag, and accused other Christians on social media … Continue reading Words, walls, and the winning way of Jesus

Christians- get close. Stop idolizing and breaking others. Start serving them.

On May 27th,  the New York Times published the 100,000 names of people who died from Coronavirus.  If you scroll down the screen of the online piece, you'll see the images of humans scattered sparsley at first, then densly as time moves forward. Next to many of these human icons you'll read the name, age … Continue reading Christians- get close. Stop idolizing and breaking others. Start serving them.

Why I stopped listening to Matt Chandler and started listening to my pastor, Jason Vance

“Who’s Jason Vance?” you may ask. Nobody famous. And that’s the whole point. He’s the young church-planting pastor of my local church. A few years ago my small church closed. My pastor retired, went into a teaching ministry role and moved to Oregon. That sent me and my two sons into about three years of … Continue reading Why I stopped listening to Matt Chandler and started listening to my pastor, Jason Vance