Know Your Identity: You Are Not Defined By What You Do But By Who You Are

Image by Walker4412 I have a confession to make. I got a treadmill for Christmas—last Christmas; I have not used it once. I, like some of you and certainly like most Americans, have made a resolution to lose weight this year. I have resolved to eat better and become more healthy. Why do we make resolutions like this? Why do we make resolutions at all. If you think about it, the act of making a resolution is sort of a confession that you have failed... Read More

The Gospel of Christ, Not the Gospel of Men—Galatians 1:1-2

Image by Matthew Adam Blair The dream of Christian unity was just that, a dream. From the earliest sources, one thing is quite clear: the Church was not united. THE CHURCH, as in the mystical body of Christ, was and is “one” both with itself and with the Trinity—that seems to be without question. But the unity of the physical church was fractured, even in its earliest stages. This fracture spiraled from one central issue: was Christianity another... Read More

Why Les Miserables Gives Us Hope: How Grace Triumphs Over Law

Artwork from Les Miserables 2012 Miserable is certainly not the term to be applied to the film Les Miserables. Translated as the miserable, the wretched, the poor ones, or the victims—Les Miserables has been a force of narrative brilliance since its writing in 1862. This film adaptation to the broadway musical is masterful, to say the least. Sobs of sadness and joy could be heart throughout the movie theater, as was the case all over theaters worldwide... Read More

Humanity’s New Best Friend: Television and the Loneliness of Suburban America

Image by Massimo Maggioni What within humanity is utterly inseparable from the human and the being? What is so basic, raw, and impossible to be without? While there may be many examples of “innate human characteristics”, one dominate element is sociability. The human condition is innately social. And while there are cases of people who pursue minimal human contact, some species of introversion no doubt, those devoid of all social interaction verge... Read More

Taking the “Protest” out of “Protestant”: The Protesting and Reforming Spirit Within

Image by Efrén Guerrero While there are certainly many negatives to the forms of Protestant Christianity, some lasting and important tendencies also emerge. In one sense, Protestants harbor a spirit of rebellion at the core of their theological outlook. Considering its’ birth, there is little question that the protesting spirit against authority and doctrinal conformity is well attested within these local church organizations. And certainly this... Read More

Is Jesus Really Korean and Does He have Time for Me? Thoughts from 21 Jump Street

“Korean Jesus” from “21 Jump Street” Jesus Christ has many faces, physical forms, and cultural characteristics. Forget the historical Jesus—the one with the burly beard and middle-eastern complexion. So too should the westerner disregard the last thousand years in which Jesus was depicted as an emaciated white man with long flowing hair. Cultures have, for thousands of years, viewed and depicted Jesus in thousands of different... Read More

Why You Are Already Perfect and Already have Everything—You Just Don’t Realize It Yet

Image by especially_today Many have a deep nostalgia and strong emotion toward Christmas. As children, we laid wrestling in bed, eager to creep down the stairs on Christmas morning to see what beautifully wrapped bundles and boxes lay beneath that glorious tree. The overwhelming excitement and joy can scarcely be described, bubbling and pressing itself up through the chest and into the throat. Such excitement was felt in every inch of the body. On... Read More

You Don’t Know You’re Beautiful: The Pop Song Jesus Is Singing To You Personally

One Direction—What Makes You Beautiful You don’t know you’re beautiful. Shyly masking your appearance behind makeup, you live your life within cloud of insecurity. Am I pretty enough? Am I attractive and could anyone possibly love me? My body, my face, and my fashion holds no candle to the supermodels and their sexy figures splashed across every magazine cover. A resounding “no” echoes within her mind. And thus, she attempts to mask herself... Read More

Why Love and Fulfillment is Not Found in Relationships: The Black Keys’ Everlasting Light

“Your glory outshines all—everything. All things. I am eclipsed by the greatness of your throne and who you are. My weak words do not paint the picture that should be brushed. Never-ending. An eternally bright light. A thousand blasts of Supernova light pale in comparison to your greatness and majesty.” Such are the words I penned when first hearing The Black Keys’ popular ballad “Everlasting Light.” My words were not a reaction to this... Read More

Why You Naturally Think About Sex and Food (and How It Can Be Changed): The Ritual and Habit of Your Mind and Thoughts

Image by Eric Macdonald Synapses and neurons fire constantly in our brains, carving out pathways in which electrical impulses surge through out minds to access stored information and gather thoughts and images for our ritualized behavior. The science of the brain and the way we think is foreign to most (including me). And while much of this incredible data is mysterious, one things seems clear: Our habitual rituals are made more easily accessible... Read More

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