10 Ways To Love Yourself Better (So That You’ll Be Able To Love Others Better)

The other day I wrote a post about why the second greatest commandment presupposes we love ourselves, in addition to loving others. I have been pondering tangible ways to take this from the theoretical to the practical, and thus have compiled 10 suggestions as to how we can better love ourselves, so that we can [Read More…]

God Never Changes, But God Is Constantly Changing (It’s The Paradox of Love)

I’m sure over the course of time as a Christian you’ve heard the phrase, “but God never changes.” A variation of this phrase is repeated several times in Scripture (See for example, Mal 3:6, Heb 13:8, James 1:17). However, it is my contention that we often do not actually understand what this phrase means. At times we [Read More…]

Remembering to Pray for Terrorists on 9-11

On this day every year, we remember a tragic day in our nation’s history. It will always be a day etched into my mind, that each year begs the “where were you?” question. While most Americans watched the day unfold in the morning, I watched the towers collapse late in the evening Korean time. I [Read More…]

Dear Fundamentalist Trolls: You’re Not Helping Anyone (and I say this in love)

Dear Fundamentalist Trolls of the Christian Internet, As much as it might shock the world to hear me say this, you and I are technically on the same team. I know you don’t believe we are, but if you consider yourself to be a Christian and follower of Jesus, we’re both part of the Church, [Read More…]

5 Ways We Could Probably Be “Better Christians”

One of the key things I have attempted to do over the past year has been to build bridges with people who are often on the “outs” of Evangelical Christianity (ironically, this placed me on the “outs” as well). I realized over the course of time that there are many people who don’t give this [Read More…]

Why Some Christians Are Universalists (Letting Go of Hell Series)

Continuing the discussion on hell we started yesterday, I was asked to show the third option that exists beyond eternal conscious torment (the traditional hell), and annihilation. The third option that exists, of course, is universalism. Yes, there are Christian Universalists– and they’re not a new thing. Christian Universalists existed among the early church, contributed [Read More…]

Towards The Cross: The Importance of Last Words

As I flip through a few chapters in the book of John, I feel the same way I do when I think about that last conversation with Gram. I soak in the words. I remember their importance. I draw them in close to my heart and hold onto them. [Read more…]

What If God Actually Loves Me? (A Truth I’m Rediscovering Outside American Christianity)

As I’ve shared before, I’ve spent most of my life suffering from this idea that God hates me. Even when I say otherwise, or start to feel slightly more loveable, there always seems to be this nagging doubt in the back of my mind. Maybe God loves some people… but I just can’t imagine that [Read More…]

Why I Submit to My Wife (It Honors God)

“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” – Eph 5:21 Looking back on my life, there are a few days that I’d prefer to forget. One such day was a weekend in November 1998, when I met the woman who’d later become my father’s wife. I was living in Germany at the time, [Read More…]

Simple Life: why we need less stuff in our lives

In February, I found myself spending time in the slums of Mumbai, India while on a research expedition for my dissertation on Human Trafficking in India. It had long been a dream of mine to spend time in the slums and make some friends. While many of my friends here in the west want to [Read More…]


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