Category - Culture

Celebrity Pastors – Say What?

Over the past few years I have noticed a disturbing trend with so-called “celebrity pastors” – the trend actually isn’t related to them, but rather the hatred that is thrown towards them on a regular basis. Whether it’s Billy Graham, Joel Osteen, Carl Lentz, or Rich Wilkerson Jr there always seems to be certain pastors that garner...

Jesus is Bigger Than Christmas

It is hard to imagine the weight of the responsibility that Mary and Joseph felt as they held Jesus for the first time. In their hands, they held God in human form. A baby that would one day take away the sin from the world. A baby whose life would mean the end to death as we know it. A baby that would defeat mankind’s most ancient foe. A baby...

ISIS, Fear and Why They Will Not Win

Adolf Hitler once said, “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” Adolf Hitler ruthlessly used this strategy to incite hatred and violence toward the Jewish people of Europe. It is no surprise that he would choose to use a campaign of lies, for the atrocities that occurred at his leadership can only...

More Love, Less Opinion

In the wake of the Starbucks red cup controversy I’ve had several thoughts and emotions flood my brain. There is so much that could be said regarding the controversy, but overall I’m simply just frustrated to see so much anger and judgment from Christians being camouflaged as “taking a stand” and “drawing a line in...

Abortion and the Burden We Should Be Bearing

I’m still trying to process the evidence I have seen unfold over the past few weeks regarding Planned Parenthood’s practice of selling aborted baby parts for profit. If that is shocking for you to read, you aren’t alone. It’s hard for me to even type it. Everything about that sentence just feels grossly absurd, yet it is happening – all...

Baltimore: Riots, Racism & the Power of Prayer

As I watch the events unfold in Baltimore, I feel a multitude of emotions. It’s sad and painful to see the violence and rioting that is taking place. Buildings have been set ablaze, property has been destroyed and innocent people have been harmed. In writing this, I don’t intend to pick a side… draw a line… point a finger… or pretend...

Living in Peace When the World Panics

If you have watched the news or read the headlines in the last few weeks you have probably heard about the outbreak of the Ebola disease. Every major network is airing around-the-clock coverage and every detail is being broadcast concerning the sickness. Unfortunately, this disease is also creating widespread panic. As our TVs and phone screens...

3 Reasons Why We Need Less Christian Critics

In just the past few weeks I’ve witnessed two separate instances where someone I’m close to has been harassed for the way they have voiced or represented their belief in Jesus. You would probably assume that the harassment came from narrow-minded, opinionated agnostics. Or maybe from a different faith… but it didn’t. The accusations...

Public Sin?

Something that has been burdening me recently is how often I see my focus centering on morality. Not primarily my morality, but everyone else’s. It’s an embarrassing and judgmental confession, but I’m certain that I’m not alone. It’s not that I don’t try to resist the temptation to judge others; it’s just that it is...

3 Common Christian Stereotypes

Unfortunately, much of what is publicized today about Christianity is either negative comments or polarizing statements made about hot button issues. Due to this, a problem has developed – a generation is living with misconceptions and wrong ideas regarding Christianity. I fear that many people are being turned off to the idea of church or...