Why Lent, Fasting, and Bible Reading is for Pharisaical Flesh Lovers

Image by Kara Marie With pain and twisted hunger, countless people are practicing their desert theology this Lent season. Through fasting and sacrifice, they attempt to pump themselves up in the eyes of God. Surely He will find greater favor in the one who prays longer, fasts more completely, and physically abuses their body to show God how “serious” they are. Modern day fasting is no more different than the medieval flagellation and whipping... Read More

Flirting With the Fine Line of Sin: Restoring Holiness in an Age of Rebellion

I am guilty…I am so guilty. I am guilty of sometimes doing exactly what I know God doesn’t want me to do. I don’t mean in a birthed-out-of-confusion or deception way—I mean, a true and genuine rebellious spirit. A spirit that looks pleasure dead in the eye and says yes. Even in the midst of conviction, my rebellion finds a way to settle with lame and gross excuses… A few months ago I really started to question some things. If I am... Read More

Why Your Schedule May Be Evicting Christ from Your Life: The Distraction and Clutter of a Busy Life

Piles of papers, stacks of bills, account statements, and adds with circled items lay across my entry way table. Plans for my weed-infested yard, job applications, work assignments, and responsibilities at church fill my mind to such a degree that they spill out onto neatly organized, though nevertheless overwhelming, to-do lists. My life is complicated. It is so busy that it feels like no room is available in my heart, mind, and soul. As, no doubt,... Read More

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