Are You Really A Sinner? Why There is No Place for Guilt in the Church

“Descent from the Cross” by Rogier Van Weyden—Women on the left Like a constant barrage of blows to the brow and back, splitting flesh, spilling blood, and enjoying the pain, many Christians have convinced themselves that self-abuse and guilt should be the constant mindset. Proverbially sitting at the cross for their entire lives, they refuse to let Christ die and put an end to their sin, suffering, and guilt. And while this peculiar state of... 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

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

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

Trusting in Our Words Instead of Trusting in God: The Paradox of Faith In the Miraculous

As I sat on the bench preparing for a day of service, I heard a woman wailing outside. Our medical team was preparing for a full day of work in the jungle. We hadn’t even opened the doors yet to see patients because we had just arrived. After a few minutes I saw my dear friend, the former strongest man in Peru, carrying a woman writhing in pain. She couldn’t walk, she could barely talk, and my immediate reaction was to stare. Through translators... Read More

Why it’s Meaningless to Say “I Believe in the Bible.”

I have heard it a hundred times. It is probably the most tossed around statement by Christians and evangelical churches alike. But despite its pervasive use, this phrase—which is intended to be insightful and meaningful—means nothing at all. In fact, its’ use continues to increase confusion among those inside and outside the church. And it is more likely than not that you yourself, just as I, have used this confusing phrase. With this phrase... Read More

The Perils of Prayer in a Technologized World

Chirps of playful birds, the tweaks and cracks of trees in the woods, and the babbling of streams filled the landscape. Sitting down for prayer in what would otherwise be a peaceful natural landscape surrounded by the wild emptiness of the forest, I found myself mute. Surrounded by peaceful sounds and free from the distractions of the modern life, I found myself distracted. I wished that I had my Ipod. I could barely stand the silence. Every time... Read More

A Jesus Like No Other: Restoring a Vandalized Portrait of Christ

Standing still with my head cranked backwards staring upward into the vast, seemingly endless pillars which meet the ceiling of the Notre Dame Cathedral, I stood in awe. Not just at the unbelievable architecture but at the massive paintings of Christ and other apostles and martyrs hanging on every wall, low and high. So many portraits cover the walls that one is bound to miss some. I was standing in this cathedral because of my professor. Myself and... Read More

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