Time for some convicting and unflattering honesty on my part. I am not good at praying. Unfortunately, it doesn't end there. Here's the truly convicting and incredibly unflattering part: Because I'm not good at it, I don't like praying. Every bone in my church-born-and-raised-body fights to bury that very un-Christian-like thought that arises in me … Continue reading The Prayer Problem
The challenge to have childlike faith is not an uncommon notion to people on all sides of Christianity. Devote followers try to achieve it, those with minimal Bible knowledge have at least heard of it, and the less than religious have a tendency to raise an eyebrow at it. It seems to be one of … Continue reading Faith Like a Child
There's a certain appeal that comes with viewing the world as nothing more than "black and white". The answer is yes or no; the choice is this or that; it's either right or wrong. There is no middle area in which the lines blur, and decisions get twisted into complicated messes that even the most … Continue reading Black and White
It's an incredibly simple question. So, naturally, I complicate it to the point that I don't have an answer. You would think that after nearly two decades, I would have fine tuned my ability to know exactly what I want. After all, me, myself, and I are rather well acquainted. However, that thought would be … Continue reading What Do You Want?
Do you ever say yes to something and then, right before you do it, realize you've made a terrible, horrible mistake? That happens to me on a regular basis. Normally this sinking feeling is either caused by: A. I realize this is not what I thought it was. B. I realize I am way in … Continue reading Lessons From a Dead Robot
I've always been a little wary of the, shall we say, supernatural side of Christianity. That stuff was never talked about in my church. It wasn't even in anyone's vocabulary. Yes, we read the stories of miraculous healing and prophecies. We read about casting out demons and cursing lands. There were references to Satan "attacking" Christians, but … Continue reading Not Today Satan
I've grown up in the church all my life, which means I'm relatively well-spoken in the Christian-ese language that so causally gets thrown around in those social circles. I know that "watered down" can either be in reference to the potluck lemonade or the pastor's sermon. I know that when someone says "How's your heart?", … Continue reading Washed by the…What?
"I'm not cool enough to be a Christian here." "Wait... what?" That is a snippet of a conversation I had with someone the other day. I think it all started with food, but somehow we ended up talking about Christianity and the opportunities on campus to get involved. Naturally, we talked about the group that … Continue reading Thou Shalt Be Cool
I have a photo display hanging up on the wall of my dorm room. One night, as I was doing nothing more than going about my routine, I stopped and actually looked at the photos. I've seen them a hundred times. I deliberately chose them to hang up there. I wake up to them in … Continue reading Dead and Gone
"I went into the woods, because I wanted to live deliberately...I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life! To put to rout all that was not life...And not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." Little, rarely known, and largely unimportant fact about me: I am … Continue reading The Dying Artists Society