I admit it. I’m a band nerd. I take private lessons on my instrument, participate in every possible band opportunity available and practice on average 900 minutes a month. So needless to say I was quite excited when the time came around for the band trip.
Easter is upon us. A time to ponder and reflect. To cry and weep. To laugh and celebrate. To eat chocolate, to watch the arrival of spring, and the renewal of life. For some it is the time of love and joy, for others it is a time of great sorrow. And for the follower […]
In light of the recent Kony 2012, an interesting question arises for the follower of Christ. In Matthew 5 in Jesus’ sermon on the mount he says: “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be […]
Recently, I went on an experience that was completely new for me. I tried ice climbing. Frontier Lodge, a Christian camp puts on the program “Intro to Ice,” and an older friend encouraged me to go. I definitely don’t regret the experience. However, when it was done, I didn’t just bring back good memories, I […]
We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life […]
Life sucks. Really, it does. Just turn on the TV, read the paper, or look at the stats on the ‘net. Murder, war, suicide, disease, slavery, it’s everywhere. It’s hard to ignore, but if anyone could be the best at ignoring it, it would be us, the North American population. Everyday we hear about it, […]
Let me tell you a story. There once was a man who bought a car. It was a beautiful car. Leather interior, heated seats, automatic this and that; you get the picture. However, regardless of the car’s beauty, the man had bought it because this car was known for its excellent braking system.
We live mostly a safe faith life here. We attend church, we “fellowship” (A.K.A. BBQs with our friends during the summer), and we pray memorized prayers before meals. We don’t really want anything radical to happen. We’d prefer to keep our nine to five jobs, driving about here and there, hiding the hurt inside us, […]
We all have problems. Some of us are a little impatient. Some us could use more self-control, or be a little more gentle. These problems we think about. We also think about other smaller problems as well, such as what to have for lunch. But do we ever think about the problem with our tongues?
You’ve just traveled a long journey. Through barren lands, over hills, facing storms of dust, all just to reach one humble destination. You’ve been called crazy, a maniac, after all, who follows stars, claiming that they will lead to the Messiah? Finally, you arrive.