The Weirdest Christian Belief I Still Stand By: Heaven is For Real

So, here’s the thing, as much as my theology over the course of the past few years has changed, I still believe in “eternal life.” I know, it’s weird. I can already sense the eyes rolling into the back of my progressive friend’s heads. But, hear me out, then, you may fully judge… The type of eternal life I’m speaking of is more so immortality than it is our elusive and over popularized American evangelical understanding of heaven; you know, the… Read more

Who Would Jesus Bomb: Is Violence Ever a Means to Effective Justice?

Who Would Jesus Bomb? I’m rarely on Facebook these days, but, recently, I hopped on and did something I rarely if ever do (on my personal feed): I engaged. Irked by a random post, I reacted, I engaged, and then, I reposted. Honestly, it wasn’t anything bad, and, it felt like a healthy engagement. In short, I reacted to a post from a guy I went to high school with; he was feeling joy over the inflicted violence towards a very… Read more

Unpacking Trump’s Muslim Ban: Fact or Fiction?

With all the fake news, supposed conspiracy theories, and “alternative facts,” it’s tough to determine what’s fact and what’s fiction. By now you all probably know, and are well aware of Trump’s “#MuslimBan.” Twitter lit up, Uber temporarily shut down, Lyft showed themselves as opportunist, and protestors came out in droves taking over airports. And, for many, the two questions still remain: Was this actually a ban on muslims?  Did Obama Select These Seven Countries? Well, let’s review in order… Read more

“A White Supremacist vs. An Anti-American Terrorist”

Okay, so, lets talk a little bit about Wednesday’s discussion between Trevor Noah and Tomi Lahren over on the Daily Show. Noah, a South African comedian who replaced Jon Stewart as the host of “The Daily Show” and Tomi Lahren who’s a conservative commentator who writes for The Blaze. It feels like Comedy Central (CC) et al. pit Tomi as this stereotypical “blonde, white, privileged bigot.” And, maybe she is just that, but, in the first few minutes of the (longer) interview… Read more

The Election is Over: Here’s The Single Trait Both Trump and Hillary Voters have in Common

Honestly, I’m still trying to figure out how or why all of this happened; I’m still in that “denial” stage of grief, and am officially unsure of everything. I mean, literally, my brain can’t process this shit. I’m left wondering what billionaire or corporation Hillary might’ve upset; how the DNC could’ve mishandled the primaries; if Bernie would’ve been the better opponent; shit, is the Illuminati real (jokes)? But, like you never know, maybe Elon Musk is right, and we actually… Read more

Reform it’s Here: What this Means Exactly

It’s weird, but, as much resentment towards the Church as I’ve held onto I still listen to worship music. Like, a lot. I will admit that there’s not too much like corporate worship; I can’t tell you how much I miss singing in unison, the rush of raising one’s hands in worship and praise, knowing that everyone in that building is striving and struggling along the same mission (even though, sometimes they’re not, lol – but that’s another post for… Read more

Identity: Who You Are Is Not Defined By What They Say

I don’t know about you, but, I struggle with insecurity. Like, crippling amounts of deeply embedded insecurity. My insecurity, it’s this false belief in that I’m one of the very few that which struggles with feelings of embarrassment, insecurity, loneliness, and/or any other self-destructive behavior there is; all while oscillating in and out of various sets of emotions. I think they call this, “The Human Condition.” What makes this so incredibly confusing is my simultaneous desire of wanting to be known, heard, and/or truly seen. It’s… Read more

What the Truman Show Says About Inner Religious Freedom

In the movie The Truman Show, the director of Truman’s show, is asked “Why do you think that Truman has never come close to discovering the true nature of his world until now?” Christof responds by saying, “[It’s because] we accept the reality of the world with which we’re presented. It’s that simple.” In short, Truman, he’s settled. If you’re familiar with this movie, you know it’s basic premise is built around a man (Truman) who was adopted by a corporation, placed… Read more

On Lynching Colin Kaepernick

I’m having the hardest time fully understanding why our nation is so incredibly outraged over Colin Kaepernick’s decision to not stand during the national anthem. Empty, yet so incredibly fueled, accusations of unpatriotic treason are being hurled at Kaepernick with the intensity of which I feel would be better suited if geared towards our enemies as opposed to each other… ya know? Either way, in attempt to make sense of it, three quick things: 1) I don’t think it’s really as… Read more

When You’re Failing at Life #Adulting

I’ve been pissed at myself as of late. You see, I’m a grown ass man, and I can’t seem to will myself into waking up when I so choose. For the past several months I’ve been trying to work myself towards getting up and out of bed at 5:00am. I mean, I’ve done it – woken at 5:00am; I just have yet to do it on a consistent basis. Doing this isn’t a small change, it’s a complete overhaul in one’s lifestyle…. Read more