January 21, 2016

Passion’s newest album, Salvation’s Tide Is Rising, featuring Brett Younker, Chris Tomlin, Kristian Stanfill, Matt Redman, Crowder, Christy Nockels, and others debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Digital Albums Chart, No. 6 on Billboard’s Top Albums Chart and also reached the top 3 on iTunes just behind Adele and Justin Bieber. Salvations Tide is Rising is Passion’s first non-live studio release. The Blaze stated that album is “among the most popular music acts in the world.” I spoke with Brett Younker, who penned the first single from the album, “Remember”. I’ve… Read more

January 8, 2016

The Revenant A tale of betrayal, revenge and redemption Note: This review contains some mild spoilers The Revenant (Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy) is a haunting beauty of a film, generating four Golden Globe nominations including best picture and best actor (DiCaprio).  (The Guardian) Based on true events, The Revenant quickly captures the viewer’s attention as the story commences with a fierce battle between the Native Americans and the fur trappers in the middle of nowhere South Dakota. The entire… Read more

January 6, 2016

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7   It is a happy way of soothing sorrow when we can feel, “He cares for me.” Christian, do not dishonor religion by always wearing a brow of care; come, cast your burden upon your Lord. You are staggering beneath a weight that your Father would not feel. What seems to you a crushing burden would be to Him but as the small dust of the balance. Nothing… Read more

January 5, 2016

Engaging Millennials: A Millennial Details What Conservatives are Missing As a young conservative, I am convinced that a good portion of millennials are disinterested in conservatism in part due to issues of perspective, attitude, and messaging. Perspective affects attitude, and both affect messaging. Consider the following observations so you don’t miss millennials. Believe in us. Millennials are capable of so much more than what is expected and required of them. If young adults are not encouraged to do hard things,… Read more

December 29, 2015

I have a love / hate relationship with the beginning of a new year. My heart beats a little bit faster as I anticipate the freshness of a new year. The possibilities seem endless, and a long list of “This year I will _____” have flooded my journal the past few days as I’ve reflected on the things I’d like to accomplish in 2016. While I do love dreaming about what the future could hold, I also make it a practice… Read more

December 21, 2015

Laura Story, artist of some of the most well-known and beloved songs including “Mighty to Save” and “Blessings” recently released her first Christmas album God With Us, featuring Steven Curtis Chapman and Brandon Heath. Story is accompanied on the album by a 120 voice choir and a 50 piece orchestra on several tracks. Recently, Story participated in Todd Starnes Fox News Radio two-hour Christmas Special. I chatted with Laura Story about her new album, her new book, her family and her life… Read more

December 9, 2015

During this Christmas season, I’ve been going through John Piper’s advent devotional entitled “Good News of Great Joy”. Each day begins with a scripture reading, followed by a short devotion walking through the Advent season. (You can download the free ebook here.) The world “Advent” means “coming”, and Piper does a wonderful job of encouraging the soul not only to look forward to Christmas, but also to the ultimate hope found in Christ. In the beginning of the ebook, Piper has a preface entitled,… Read more

November 16, 2015

News alerts blew up my phone this past Friday evening, informing me of the the terrorists attacks taking place in Paris, France. Coordinated attacks in Paris left over 100 people dead, hundreds injured, and millions across the world heartbroken. As I’ve scrolled through Facebook and Twitter, I’ve read post after post that read something along theses lines… “I’m so shocked!” “I don’t understand how humans could do this to one another!” “Who knew humans could be this evil?” While the attacks are absolutely… Read more

November 10, 2015

Today is my one year writing anniversary with Patheos.  Writing has been my passion for years, and I was honored when Patheos contacted me and asked if I would be interested in writing for them full-time. Gladly I accepted the invitation, and Pathoes has been home to my musings for a year. Check out my inaugural post here. I want to say a HUGE thank you to all my readers! You guys are amazing, and I’m truly thankful for you! Thank you for reading,… Read more

October 30, 2015

Growing up, my family never celebrated Halloween. While I doubt many Christians would say that they “celebrated” Halloween, my family was definitely in the minority. I’ve never been Trick or Treating, and our family didn’t participate in any of the regular Halloween activities. Instead of venturing out in costumes, my family would always snuggle in to watch a move, and the next day my mom would go buy discounted candy. I’ve wrestled through how Christians should handle the topic of Halloween. I’ve thought… Read more

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