Faith

My Christian faith is interwoven into everything I do and say. These are my thoughts on theology, belief, and the intersection of faith and life.

Division and Unity on the Day of Pentecost

Even though we share the same spiritual language, the same faith in the risen Christ, and the same creeds of our earliest brothers and sisters, we Christians have a bad habit of creating divisions among the body of Christ. Read More
Division and Unity on the Day of Pentecost

Baseball and the Kingdom of God

If Jesus could compare the Kingdom to a mustard seed, a batch of yeast, and a farmer's field, there's no reason why we can't also say, "the Kingdom of God is like a baseball game." Read More
Baseball and the Kingdom of God

Not Yet Turned Into Now

A couple of years ago I wrote about my personal journey from mourning to healing. I shared about resigning my pastoral role as a youth minister in Oklahoma and moving into an administrative position with Nazarene Youth International. This change came at a time in...

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Not Yet Turned Into Now

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Freedom from Legalism
Freedom from Legalism

Freedom from Legalism

As 2016 turned into 2017, there were several blog posts floating around the internet that introduced the concept of picking a “word for the year.” As the “My One Word” website explains, you are to “Choose just one word that represents what you most hope God will do...

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My Advent List
My Advent List

My Advent List

I don’t know about you, but I am obsessed with my Amazon Wish List, especially during this time of year. I am constantly checking it, adding new things, and taking away items I no longer want. Did you know that you can even “rank” or prioritize the items you have...

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The Dangers of Experience
The Dangers of Experience

The Dangers of Experience

In the Church of the Nazarene, one of the greatest tools we have to evaluate and guide our faith is the Wesleyan Quadrilateral. Many different diagrams or variations of the Wesley Quad have been introduced over the years, but in its simplest form, it means that we...

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Finding Truth in the Tension
Finding Truth in the Tension

Finding Truth in the Tension

One of the key elements of being a follower of Christ is the ability to embrace a little mystery: We believe that Jesus was both fully divine fully human. We believe in a Triune God -- Three Beings in One. These primary tenets of the Christian faith don’t make...

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Guns and the Kingdom of God
Guns and the Kingdom of God

Guns and the Kingdom of God

In the wake of last month’s shooting at at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, the ever-constant debate of gun control has been stirred up once again. Since this horrific event happened in a house of worship, many Christians are speaking out and...

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Christianity in the Margins
Christianity in the Margins

Christianity in the Margins

While browsing Reddit a few days ago (always a dangerous thing to do), I came across an article originally posted in the atheism sub-reddit. This article stated that according to recent survey findings, the number of Americans who did not claim a particular...

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Feminist Church
Feminist Church

Feminist Church

Author’s Note: With International Women’s Day earlier this week, I thought it would be a good time to revisit some thoughts that I had posted on my personal blog in 2013. In many conservative evangelical circles, the term “feminist” is practically a dirty word,...

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I confess…
I confess…

I confess…

Not too long ago, I published a blog post entitled “A Wary Generation.” In it, I discussed how we Millennials are longing for transparency and a desire for people to be authentic and real with us. Since then, I have been convicted about my own transparency (or lack...

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