Sometimes people sharing the truth of the Gospel can be frustrating. So many people pass by virtual folks on the Internet or men and women on the street and say "Jesus loves you" or "Here's how Jesus saves you from your sin" without ever explaining themselves. It can seem like all unbelievers have heard that before and all believers long to hear something "deeper."
One of the biggest temptations for modern-day American Christians is to make their practices of Christianity more "efficient." As a twenty-first century Christ-follower, I can provide personal evidence for this hypothesis. It's hard enough to pick up the Bible, harder still to start reading it, and much harder still to read it for a significant… Continue reading The Myth of the “Efficient” Christian Life
At one of my friends' recent youth group meetings, I studied the centrality and beauty of Jesus Christ. It sounded so obvious—it wasn't anything new. Yet this reminder shook me. No one sees Christ as beautiful anymore, or even as important. After I came home that night, then, I started writing a series of creeds… Continue reading The Twenty-Two Jesus Creeds
The defense of our Christian faith is almost as important as believing it. When we do not how to defend, we step away from a key role in the Christian life: witnessing, whether through verbal or written word. As such, I believe that everyone who follows Christ must have quick access to some tools in… Continue reading My Favorite Online Resources for Christian Apologetics
Hello everyone— This is a continuation of a research paper I wrote on two of my greatest literary heroes. If you'd like to read the first portion, please click the "Previous Post" button below this publication. Thank you! No one has successfully summarized the legacies of G.K. Chesterton and C.S. Lewis. Each man has had… Continue reading Wise Minds Think Holily: A Study of G.K. Chesterton and C.S. Lewis (Part Two)
Hello, everyone! Below is the first portion of a research paper I wrote as a finale to my composition course this year. I'm really proud of my work on this one, and I hope that, more than anything, you'll be able to gain an appreciation or even an interest into two of the most brilliant… Continue reading Wise Minds Think Holily: A Study of G.K. Chesterton and C.S. Lewis (Part One)
Hello, everyone— Below is a brief piece I wrote in response to a prompt asking me to create a 10-15 line poem mimicking one of the devices used in E.E. Cummings' work. Since I believe his emphasis on visuals best defined his poetry, I focused on attempting to duplicate that particular effect. Enjoy! "Jesus said… Continue reading Doubtful Belief
"He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted." ~Isaiah… Continue reading How Does Christ Describe His Soul?
"Then his wife said to him, 'Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die!' But he said to her, 'You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?' In all this Job did not sin with his lips." ~Job 2:10, NASB… Continue reading The Intertwining of God’s Goodness and Our Suffering
Among the most powerful, the most beautiful, and the most convincing aspects of the Scriptures is the absolute abundance of prophecy. We see visions of greatness in Genesis' account of Joseph; we see warnings of coming judgement in Daniel and Jeremiah; we see the end of all time in Revelation. Yet, standing in the midst… Continue reading Psalm 22 and the Crucifixion Account