Bible, Love, Personal

Why Ruth Is One of My Favorite Old Testament Books

The book of Ruth is one of my favorites in the Old Testament. This isn't just because it is only four chapters long and easy to read in one sitting. I've never heard (or preached) a sermon on it and I've never gone over it in Bible class, but I think I've heard it mentioned… Continue reading Why Ruth Is One of My Favorite Old Testament Books

Christian Living, Observations

One Generation Away: the Juxtaposition of Joshua and Judges

If you’re anything like me, you sometimes wonder why certain books in our English Bibles are placed where they are. Sometimes the order makes perfect sense (i.e. the Pentateuch being the first 5 books in our Bibles), though sometimes the choices make little sense (i.e. the seemingly arbitrary order of Paul's epistles from longest to… Continue reading One Generation Away: the Juxtaposition of Joshua and Judges

God, Personal

You’ll Never Regret Doing God’s Work

I think we lie to ourselves when we believe that being lazy doesn't have an appeal to it. The temptation to do as little as possible and just binge watch Netflix is seemingly ever-present. We often get sucked into the vortex of our smartphones and social media for hours a day when there are much… Continue reading You’ll Never Regret Doing God’s Work

Church, Current Events, Jesus

Thankful for the “Government”​ That Will Never Shutdown

The government shutdown is pretty much all you hear about on the news these days. Since getting an Amazon Echo for Christmas, each day I ask Alexa for my "flash briefing." Today Alexa played a flash briefing from a popular American news source and, I kid you not, 4 out of the 5 minutes was… Continue reading Thankful for the “Government”​ That Will Never Shutdown

Bible, God

The Importance of Owning Up to Our Sin

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Rom. 3:23). We've all sinned. We've said or done something we shouldn't have done. We've failed to do things we should've done. The question is, how do we respond? We often become embarrassed and want to sweep any evidence of our wrongdoing under… Continue reading The Importance of Owning Up to Our Sin

God, Love

Humans Still Bear the Image of God While Behind a Keyboard

The doctrine of humans being created in the image and likeness of God is part of the foundation for Christianity's high view of human sanctity. This concept has undoubtedly influenced western society for 1,000+ years. The biblical concept of humans being created in the image and likeness of God (Gen. 1:26-27) has profound implications. Not… Continue reading Humans Still Bear the Image of God While Behind a Keyboard

Jesus, Personal

The One Question That Always Stops My Worrying

I've been worrying for as long as I can remember being able to think. 99.9% of my worries are admittedly irrational and unnecessary. I often worry about things I can't control, things that really don't make sense, and things that have a 0.0013% chance of occurring (trust me, I've calculated it). I know I'm not… Continue reading The One Question That Always Stops My Worrying

God, Observations

Is Rest a Gift, an Inconvenience, or an Idol?

Somehow, Americans have the reputation of simultaneously being workaholics and slouches. I'm not going to try to figure out how. Like most aspects of American culture, it's complicated. There are several ways to view rest. Some of us view it as the chief aim in life. We live to be able to rest. We work… Continue reading Is Rest a Gift, an Inconvenience, or an Idol?

Bible, Reviews

Reviewing My Favorite Bible Apps

I want to do the occasional review-type post on this blog, so here's the first one. One of the blessings of technology is being able to have the Bible and biblical resources with you wherever you go. A lot of people use Bible apps on their smartphones, and through my life I have used several.… Continue reading Reviewing My Favorite Bible Apps

God, Personal

Is There Hope For a “Dirty, Messy Family?”

My wife and I are endeavoring to read the Bible through in 2019. I've been a Christian for going on six years now and have never read the Bible from cover to cover in a year. It's not something you have to do to go to heaven, but it's been on my bucket list for… Continue reading Is There Hope For a “Dirty, Messy Family?”