Here’s the deal: we are Christians, but we are also consumers—and these two parts of our identity overlap far more than we might realize. We’re navigating a society that often feels like a maze, filled with businesses promoting ideas that might seem foreign, even hostile, to our belief system. The question is, do we want […]
Let’s be real, porn can be tempting. With its easy accessibility on the internet, it’s not hard to see how someone can get hooked. Unfortunately, excessive use of pornography can be addictive and have devastating consequences on one’s mental and emotional well-being. It Can Be Addictive Research has shown that prolonged exposure to pornography can
Lately, I’ve been trying to introduce more healthy disciplines back into my life–things like exercise, healthy eating, and prayer. I’m not ashamed to say it, prayer doesn’t come easily for me. When I say that it is surprising to my friends. “Aren’t you a pastor,” they say. “Isn’t it part of your job to pray?”
There’s a term for people who are looking for a church—they are called “Church Shoppers.” I have never really liked that phrase because usually when someone enters my church and says they are “church shopping” I get the idea that we are being evaluated and judged. It’s not the evaluation that bothers me, it’s the
One of my favorite TV shows is Mythbusters. I love the way Jamie and Adam take a well-known idea and apply testing to confirm whether it’s true or just a myth. Without question, there are a lot of myths that exist within the modern church. One such myth is that the church is just a
As a pastor, I talk with dozens of Christians throughout the year. One spiritual challenge comes up more than any other: People feel far away from God. Maybe this is not a surprise to you because you’ve felt this way too. If so, don’t worry, it’s normal. Sometimes I feel far away from God also.
Last week I published the first of two posts called, “8 Rules To Keep You Happy & Healthy Online.” The idea came as the result of a recent month-long sabbatical that I took from social media. You can read the first post here, but if you want a quick peek at the first four “rules”
Today’s show is all about how to handle spiritual doubts. Trust me, I’ve been there myself—where it feels like my faith is wearing thin and I have some hesitation in my belief. The good news is that is normal and I share some ideas on how to help you handle spiritual doubt. Also, the #askapastor
If the internet and social media cause you grief, it could be from overuse. Social media is like cheesecake, it tastes fantastic but that doesn’t mean you should eat it all the time.
A few years ago I started writing in earnest. It was a big deal for me because even though I had always loved to write, I was never quite sure how to handle punctuation. I even wrote about my problem with commas in a post on Medium. Last year I published a book called “Flannel-Graph