On Killing Sin: Three Major Areas of Unbelief

There are certain life events that reveal to us if we really believe what we say we believe. At eight months pregnant, I can say that the prospect of having a baby has definitely been an occasion for such reflection. My due date is quickly approaching, and with it, my anxiety has increased. I'm afraid…

How to react when someone confesses their sin to you

Recently, I wrote about why I think it's important to confess our sins to fellow believers. In that piece, I only considered one side of that paradigm: that of the confessor. But there is a second piece that is equally important: What is an appropriate response when someone confesses their sin to us? We have…

Why do we need to confess our sin to others?

I recently finished reading If You Only Knew: My Unlikely, Unavoidable Story of Becoming Free. You can read my review of it here but suffice it to say that it's a good book and you should read it. One thing about the book that has stayed with me is the idea of confessing sin to…

Poverty, Injustice, the Gospel, and Sin-sickness

Today, some colleagues and I sat on a panel for a conference full of high school students. The panel was part of a week-long experience for these students discussing theology and its relationship to culture and society, specifically concerning wealth and poverty. Over the course of the panel, we were asked questions about the Christian…

A Consequence of Ministry: Dealing with Sheep

"A shepherd should smell like his sheep." If you think about the above statement, it seems like common sense. Of course a shepherd would smell like sheep. After all, it is his job to spend his time around sheep. It is his job to follow sheep, herd sheep, find sheep when they are lost, and…

Term in Review: 5 most entertaining posts

People do not smile enough. It is certainly true where I live, and rightly so. I currently live in a world where life is harder than most anyone who reads this could imagine. If you are reading this, you are sitting in front of a computer. Even if its not your own, you at least…