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

Are You More Like Christ or the Pharisee? Thoughts on Pride, Arrogance, and Christian Isolationism

Image by Nicholas Tan With phylacteries flailing and a palpable pride in religious righteousness, the Pharisees believed and behaved as the brokers of God. These elite had it all together. They knew the right words, secret hand-shakes, and religious culture of the inner-circle of God. What’s more, these people believed their squeaky clean lives made them closer to God while the vulgar masses on the street, the broken, crippled, adulteress, tax-collecting... Read More

Is there a Drought In Your Soul? Thoughts on Spiritual Life and Death

Chocked. Parched. Dry. Empty. Like a well with a cracked surface, showing water and life once was present but is now long absent. Sand dunes and deserts seem more tolerable, for at least they knew nothing of having water. Such images and words do not describe the way it feels when choked and empty spiritually. Perhaps you have felt this, something deep within that just seems missing. And no matter what we try to fill the void with, we still feel chapped.... 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

Do You Want to Be Known? Thrice and the Heart of God—PART 2

Image by sopranosflight “I bragged of baring my bones…” Kensrue states in reference to a track from the album The Illusion of Safety, a track ironically entitled In Years to Come. He recalls his desire and eagerness to live a sacrificial lifestyle. A lifestyle where he would set his needs, comfort and desires aside and live to love God with everything in him. However, in hindsight he acknowledges that he still has, “…badges to earn…”... Read More

God Broke My Car: Thoughts on Mishaps, Blessings, and Why You Should Be Grateful

I expected billows of smoke to pour out from under the hood of my car. A pale mist would seep out from under the creases as an appalling bang might be heard. Soon following, the mechanical sounds of parts breaking and falling to the ground would clang in my ears. Perhaps a small fire might emerge. Whatever might happen as my car stalled in the middle of the road, it wasn’t good. As I turned my key over to start it again, the familiar roar of... Read More

Why You Might Just Be the One Who is Ignorant: The Bible, Bart Ehrman, and the Ignorance of Christians

A dark and evil enemy lurks in the shadows of truth within the intellectual community. His silver tongue and sniveling lies demean Christ and steal away the faithful from the flock of Christ. If anyone were an imp of Satan, Dr. Bart Ehrman would be one. At least this is how many within the Christian community see this former theology student, Moody Bible Institute graduate, pastor, and threatening critic to the authority of scripture. Dr. Ehrman was... Read More

The Spiritual and Musical Art of Thrice: A Review of the New Album Major/Minor

Since the formation of the band in 1998, Thrice has consistently succeeded in reinventing themselves as musicians, writers, and artists with each album that they produce. The new album Major/Minor, which was released last Tuesday, is a very guitar driven record with dirty riffs, quirky upbeat riffs, and grooving bass lines throughout. The energy of the album is captivating and very refreshing. Musically, the album marks another great milestone in... Read More

Buried By Busy: Tips On How to Have A Healthy Walk With Christ In A Crazy Busy Life

Many of us are buried alive. We are doomed or dead, and don’t even know it. Our busy lives are just empty shells and shadows of what was once a vibrant life. There is something within the American western context which encourages people to be so busy that there is little or no time for quit reflection and inward introspection. For me, I am currently buried under a mountain of post-it notes, scraps of paper, homework, and books. I am buried by busy. While... Read More

Choosing God or Ourselves: A Short Challenging Thought

Image by Naoki Tai One thought resounded in my mind this morning. From where the words came, I do not know. But they repeated over and over in my mind. “I would rather die a pauper in the service of Christ, than as a rich man in service of myself.” As these words flowed through my mind and heart, almost subconsciously saying these words like a mantra—I stopped. Do I really believe this? Is it about me or about Christ? Is it about my comfort,... Read More

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