Growing up a pastor’s kid, you’re privy to a lot of dilemmas the general church-goer doesn’t see or understand. This isn’t meant to sound haughty, it’s just the nature of the beast when it comes to growing up in ministry. Being a “double p.k.” (as both my grandfather’s are former pastors as well), I’ve seen my fair share of ministry ups and downs.
Dom Cobb explains that “an idea is like a virus. Resilient. Highly contagious. And even the smallest seed of an idea can grow. It can grow to define or destroy you.” So opens Christopher Nolan’s 2010 tour de force Inception. Those who know me well know that Inception is and remains my favorite film of all time.
July Fourth is, perhaps, the most American day there is. It’s a day we remember when we asserted our liberty from the tyrannical rule of Britain and separated ourselves as the American colonies. It’s the day in 1776 when the Second Continental Congress ratified the Declaration of Independence. It truly is America’s day, and nothing makes us much happier as the eyes of the globe turn towards us.
What is the greatest thing about the gospel? This may seem like an unanswerable question, or an undeserved distinction that’s little more than debate fodder for those who have nothing better to do with their time or academic sophistications than split theological hairs. Nevertheless, while the whole of the gospel is the greatest good for mankind, I contend that there is one thing greater than all the others…
When you think about God, what comes to mind? What’s the first idea, character trait, or personality that you imagine? What’s the first thing that pops into your head? For most, “God” is not really a reality at all, He’s more of an idea. He’s the ethereal character that brings guidance to cloudy situations, the […]
Upon moving to south Florida in the spring of 2013, I wasn’t really looking to get involved in pastoral ministry right away. I had just graduated from Bible college with a Youth Ministries degree, but because of the transition between states, my only goals at the time were to find a job, find a house, and get settled with my wife in our new town. This was a big shift for me.
Perhaps the deadliest tool in the devil’s assault on the Christian faith begins with the deception that the work of salvation is only partially done. The lie is that Jesus got you part of the way, but if you really want in, if you really want to be a Christian, you have to do something else, something more, something on top of what’s already been done.
Among the things that perturb me about modern Christianity is our residual clinging to a sort of “Christian-karma.” You’ve probably read this frustration from me before, but with some recent events in my own life, I feel as though Christians still just don’t get it. We want so much for our deeds and actions to matter that we’ve actually trivialized grace instead of personalized it.
This world makes much of “love.” It’s the centerpiece of countless movies, books, paintings, and songs. Love is everywhere. We’re so inundated and bombarded with the notion of love — of falling in love and being in love — that it seems impossible for us to escape the idea that love is all you need. But is that true?
On how and why Rogue One is the best Star Wars film ever.