[display_podcast] Sometimes I wonder how God uses us to reach people. Most of the time I wonder if I should be doing more. Should I say something? Should I actively bring up God on purpose, or should I let God open up that opportunity? Most of the time, I think I remain idle. Content to let days, weeks, and months slip by, easily forgetting the value of my salvation and not worried about sharing that complex mystery with others. I get annoyed with somebody and behave badly. In traffic, at … [Read more...]
[display_podcast]This is Confessions of a Closet Christian, the podcast that explores Christianity from a 20-something perspective, relaying modern trends, discoveries, struggles, and pop culture references. I'm Jana Elizabeth - now Doughty - yes, about that name change.You may have guessed it. I managed to get married. It's the best thing to ever happen to me and this is coming from the girl who is completely career-oriented and who didn't want to get married and bear obligatory ch … [Read more...]
[display_podcast]When I think of "God's Will", I think of something really ominous - like dark clouds, a thundering voice, and a deep command to go to Antarctica and evangelize to the penguins.I think it’s easy to be afraid of God’s will.Still, I think we can get caught up in waiting for God’s “perfect will” to reveal itself. We long for writing on the wall, an airplane to sketch us a note in the sky, or a text from J.C., Himself.“Where are You, God? What’s Your plan for my life … [Read more...]
[display_podcast]When I hear the word “sin”, I think of something dark and crusty, like liquid that dried and caked on a beating heart.If we believe that Jesus died for us, then our sins are washed from our hearts. We’re clean.But still, we continue to sin.Those sins are forgiven, but we do still sin.Sometimes I think that I treat sin like an ostrich would. I earnestly plant my head in the sand with the hopes that maybe – just maybe – if I don’t see it, it may not actually b … [Read more...]
[display_podcast] Now I lay me down to sleep.I pray the Lord my soul to keep.If I should die before I wake,I pray the Lord my soul to take. Jason. His name is Jason. My childhood friend was found unresponsive on February 18, 2014. On February 19th, I wrote this in my journal. I haven't been able to write since. It says:I love Jason. He's a brother. Someone I spent early days with. Someone I thought I'd spend older days with. At holidays. Kids playing, turkeys roasting, … [Read more...]
Confessions Of A Closet Christian: Why Is It Hard To See God & Why Do We Ignore What Is Right In Front Of Us?
[display_podcast]On a recent trip to Israel, I found myself reluctant to even be there. This sounds both sensible and selfish. After all, Israel had just attacked Syria just before we left on our trip and Syria retaliated by targeting a tourist location within a day of our arrival.Still, complaining about going abroad sounds “snobby”, selfish and inconsiderate. So as I boarded the plane, I felt like a bona fide jerk. Personally, I felt a lot like Jonah going on this trip. Jonah – you know … [Read more...]