I'm pretty tired so I'm going to keep tonight's post for my 7 posts in 7 days short, sweet, and coherent (hopefully). This post could be summarized with one word: Forgive. When Andy and I got married, we received lots of thoughtful cards full of well wishes and advice. One friend encouraged us to keep a… Continue reading The Only Marriage Advice I Ever Give
The other day I was thinking. And then, Sarah thought it warranted a blog post. Since it is a snow day here, and class was cancelled, I figured I had time to work on it. Why was Jesus crucified? Jesus came, lived, and died to take away the sins of the world. When He died… Continue reading Why was Jesus Crucified? and How Can We See the Mission of the Church in the Nation of Israel?
Only in the past couple of years have I started paying attention to the liturgical year. Growing up as a Baptist, I knew that Advent and Lent existed, and that's about all I knew about the liturgical year. But where did these things come from, why do most Christians observe them? I really think that… Continue reading Feeling the Tension
A Sonnet to Christ Crucified I am not moved, my God, to love You by the heaven that You have promised me and I am not moved either by hell so feared as the reason to stop offending You. You move me, my Lord, it moves me to see You nailed to a cross and… Continue reading A Sonnet to Christ Crucified
One of the things that we acquired in our move is my family's piano. My grandparents bought it in 1978 (I found the original receipt and 10 year warranty in the piano bench) for my Mom to use, and I used it when I took piano lessons as a kid. For years, I have said… Continue reading Hidden Gems
In Christian services, writing, and music the association of Christianity with freedom tends to be a recurring theme. In fact, when I did a Google search for images with the search query "set free", the first page of results were almost completely related to the theme of being set free in Christ. But what does… Continue reading My Chains Are Gone, I’ve Been Set Free
A few days ago, I signed up to be a Compassion blogger. I became at Compassion sponsor in the summer of 2008, after my freshman year of college. Sponsoring a child was something that I had thought about when I saw a booth at a Christian event, but hadn't ever had the means to do… Continue reading A Compassion Blogger?
Today is Ash Wednesday. Baptists, we're generally non-liturgical people. Well, we have liturgy, we just generally wouldn't call it that. Things like Lent and Ash Wednesday might get a passing mention, but they are generally approached with an observe-if-you-want type of attitude. Nevertheless, in the past few weeks, I've been thinking about the upcoming Lenten season. What… Continue reading Lent?
A few weeks ago Almost a year ago, I started thinking about the topic of addiction. The more I thought about it, the more I started to conclude that everyone is addicted to something. That may initially sound wrong, but hear me out. I am referring to addiction in the sense that everyone has something that… Continue reading A Battle of Addictions