Why Everyone Should Live By the Phrase YOLO

Partying hard, Jack-Ass-esc feats of stupidity, or to simply summon the bravery to ask that clearly-out-of-ones-league girl out on a date, many youth have invoked a simple acronym—YOLO! When in doubt about smoking that joint, hooking-up with that guy, or simply jumping off that roof into a pool full of people, YOLO is yelled and all know and understand—You Only Live Once. YOLO is a term which embodies the ethos of this generation of youth. Whatever... Read More

Sermon on the Mount: Why According to Jesus the Law is Impossible to Follow

Jesus is a flower picking, daisy-in-the-barrel-of-a-gun peace ambassador to the world. In the ilk of Martin Luther King and Gandhi, Jesus skipped and laughed as his hippie tie-dye clothes swayed back and forth. And when he preached, he spoke only of puppy dog tails, bubbles, and love. At least, this is the picture some have gotten while reading the Sermon on the Mount. Countless professors and students across the country pick up this singular series... Read More

Are We Really Evangelical? Thoughts on Hell, Action, and Missional Living

“If we only believed what comes out of our mouths, our actions would be very different.” These were the words which poured over me as I stood in the shower this morning. If I truly believed, if I really caught a glimpse of the urgency of the gospel, I would be doing things so much more differently. All the things which seem so incredibly important, would suddenly seem foolish. If the reality of Hell (on earth and eternal) was tangible, real, and... Read More

Hell: That’s What’s Going Down!

When I think of Hell, I immediately have to fight through different stereotypical imagery that the culture around me has constructed.  I am constantly bombarded with images of heaven and hell, and “eternal things.” No matter where I turn, I am trying to be influenced to believe “X” about what my eternity will look like.  Sadly, I must confess that currently when I read or hear the word Hell I immediately think of a Futurama episode when... Read More

What the Hell!? Ancient Abortions, Pitchforks, and Where the Worm Dieth Not

  Amidst a swirl of agony and fire looms a hooved and pitchfork clasping figure. The earth opens and swallows countless people—young, old, murders, and average everyday people. And as they fall into this endless abyss, the great horned beast with whipping pitchforked tail and protruding red horns, releases a great boisterous laugh. For some, they spend an eternity on a spit slowing being turned by some demonic imp screeching out some garbled... Read More

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