This is post 5 of 5 in the series “A Different Kind of Calvinism” When I left off explaining EC last time, I gave an unfortunately brief sketch of the EC view of human freedom. Human freedom, as opposed to libertarian free will, is grounded in God’s life of Triune love, given to us through … Continue reading "A Different Kind of Calvinism: Let’s Talk Sovereignty and Maybe Jesus’ Humanity"
Just some random stuff I wrote way back when about living the life we’re called to live in following Christ. Be Generous …it is necessary to…keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus, for He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ Acts 20:35 The giver of a gift is happier … Continue reading "7 Ways to Walk on the Way"
Sophie and Lacy Meet Sophie. She’s wearing a floor-length dress to school every day. Her bathing suit of choice is a burkini. She never goes out with her friends, but instead stays home to sew, clean, cook, and tend to her father and brothers. She also doesn’t date; she is arranged to marry a hardworking lumberjack … Continue reading "Trying to Figure Out Modesty"
“What is God’s will for my life?” This question consumes the minds of many believers perpetually. Taught from birth to seek God’s will in everything, many find themselves stuck on major (or minor) decisions trying to discern what God wants them to do. I come to free you. Okay, as dramatically as I imagine saying … Continue reading "How to Know God’s Will for You (Without Gimmicks, Funny Feelings, or Voices in Your Head)"
I was a latecomer to the party, but last week I saw Frozen, and I completely loved it. It is the best Disney animation I’ve ever seen (noting that I don’t remember at all some of the classics I saw when I was young). I really liked Tangled. I liked Wreck-It Ralph. But Frozen blew them both out of … Continue reading "5 Snowflakes for Frozen"
A billion people I know love The Walking Dead. Mind you, I sometimes wonder why, but to each his own. Because of this, at one point I decided to try The Walking Dead and see if the show is good. I came away enjoying some of the story (which doesn’t say much since I can enjoy almost any … Continue reading "We Are the Walking Dead (And Good Men Shoot Walkers)"
It’s really hard to stay focused in this world. There are so many things out there competing to occupy our minds. There are worries, hobbies, jobs, fears, entertainment, people, and all sorts of other concerns, many of which are truly important. Yet somehow, through this all, we are supposed to stay focused. Not just focused … Continue reading "Keeping Our Eyes on Jesus"
Fact check: is tithing ever commanded for New Testament believers? The answer is “no.” Does that mean tithing is bad? No, it just means we are not morally obligated to give 10% of our income to church. Now some of you are thinking, “Darn heretic doesn’t want people to give to God.” Others may be … Continue reading "Quit Tithing. Give!"
God never demands as little from us as we are comfortable giving Him. We are always called beyond the normal and the natural to a higher life. The Biblical way of being human is especially challenging and especially rewarding. So what does God ask of us? Kill yourself. Forget you exist. Whoever finds their life … Continue reading "Learn to Forget You Exist"
Last Sunday I did something I haven’t done (at least willingly) in months. Many months. To anyone else, what I did would be incredibly insignificant and likely unnoticeable by quite a number of people. To me, though, I was making quite a step. Last Sunday I went to church without my bow tie. If you … Continue reading "Constrained by a Bow Tie: The Bondage of Eccentricity"