Commencement and Surface Calvinism

How many of us are really just theoretically Reformed? This is something I’ve been asking myself as I near the completion of my undergraduate degree. I wish I could say my affirmations of God’s sovereignty were easy to actually apply to all the realities in my life, but the truth is that I struggle just as much as anyone else with trusting that the Lord’s … Continue reading Commencement and Surface Calvinism

Children, Culture, and the Church

With each passing year spent on this earth – and there haven’t been many years for me yet, which makes the matter even more disturbing – I realize more and more just how extensively the culture around us has influenced the American church. One of the biggest reasons why this influence has been undisturbed for the most part is the fact that contemporary Christians have … Continue reading Children, Culture, and the Church

Theological Compromise Won’t Unify The Church

There is an incredibly popular sentiment in contemporary Christian interactions regarding unity and division. You may have heard it before, especially if you’ve been involved in any conversations that fall even a little bit into the “comment war” category. It goes something like this: Why does [insert theological topic] matter to you so much? Just love Jesus. All this fighting only makes the devil happy … Continue reading Theological Compromise Won’t Unify The Church

Do More of What Makes You Holy

Should Christians care about self-care? Self-love and self-care are both popular concepts in our society. There’s plenty of polarization to be found within the church’s discussions on whether these practices and attitudes should occupy any major part of the Christian life. They are definitely prominent aspects of the life of the secular (or otherwise non-Christian) world, and this causes many believers to question if they … Continue reading Do More of What Makes You Holy

Head Coverings, Part 2: The Issues at Hand

I recently wrote a post explaining my heart behind the decision to start wearing cloth head coverings for corporate worship and promised I would continue the series with a post about the arguments that compelled me. Our traveling and holiday seasons hit us pretty hard soon after the first part was published, and I’m just now sitting down to do a follow-up (as many of … Continue reading Head Coverings, Part 2: The Issues at Hand

Theology In The Thick Of Life

“O Lord, make me know my end     and what is the measure of my days;     let me know how fleeting I am! Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths,     and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath! Surely a man goes about as a shadow! Surely for nothing they are in turmoil.” Psalm 39:4-6 ESV I can’t be the only … Continue reading Theology In The Thick Of Life

Start Caring About Sound Worship

I tend to write about “hot topics” just past the point where they are becoming tedious to hear about. It’s probably one of my more irksome characteristics, but I’ll tell you the reason behind it: It’s easy to get caught up in the clamor surrounding a specific story or issue and totally miss its broader implications. We all need to learn how to take a … Continue reading Start Caring About Sound Worship