The Sermon on the Mount was one of the first passages I tried to memorize upon discovering the Bible in high school. Yes, all three chapters. I was a bit of an overachiever throughout the first few years of my Christian walk, and the idea of having all those moral guidelines recorded to memory really appealed to me. But it didn’t appeal to me because … Continue reading What Is A Pharisee? What Is True Righteousness?
A couple of months ago, an internet acquaintance of mine, Joshua Arnold, shared a profound thought: “I’d rather have a breakdown that has me cleaving to Christ than a ‘breakthrough’ in something worldly and vain that may charm me into thinking I don’t need to desperately depend on Christ in every moment.” This sentiment runs contrary to the advice of popular Christian culture (let alone … Continue reading We Can’t Live For Earthly Breakthroughs
I have lived and affirmed both sides of the “relationship or religion” controversy in my relatively short twenty-two years of life. Growing up in the South amidst fundamentalist communities (as well as the weird amalgamation of Eastern spirituality which characterizes Asheville, my hometown) has enabled me to find a comfortable seat on the pendulum ride from one extreme to the other. God has been faithful … Continue reading Stop Asking The “Relationship Or Religion” Question
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
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
There is a paradoxical problem in our culture where on one hand we need to allow for more nuance and middle ground – especially in political discourse – and on another hand, we need to be more bold about assigning ourselves to specific categories. Regarding the latter, I think theology is a big area where people fall short of this. The subject of politics, for … Continue reading Don’t Run From Theological Labels