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To the Doubting Christian

“I haven’t told anyone this…rutut there are things about the Bible that I just don’t understand. Am I wrong to say ‘I don’t get it?’ Am I wrong to avoid passages because they trouble me? Am I less of a Christian because I don’t have an intellectual answer for every difficult question that someone brings to my attention? Am I wrong for feeling troubled by these questions myself?

Am I wrong…to have doubts?”

The tears were literally flowing. Though I felt emotional myself, knowing that my friend was grieving, I wasn’t worried for them in the slightest. I could hear it in their shaky voice, a tone of fear so burdened with the potential of betraying what they knew too-well to be their first love– even if in the moment they had reservations. Their subtle death grip clung to the reality that God was real and everything they had been taught was real.

But for the moment, this truth was distant. So distant. Like a lighthouse barely palpable past the tormenting storm between. Its swiveling beam a feint pulsing illumination boldly declaring its presence but hardly seen. 

My friend was the ship, earnestly seeking refuge in a season of storms. Read more

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To My Daughter: 7 Lies You MUST Not Believe

My Daughter,

We haven’t met yet. Funny, you actually don’t even exist. But you are known, cherished, admired, and seen in complete beauty– something I hope that you come to recognize in your life. But as I look around today I feel inclined to fear the obstacles that you will inevitably face.

Men will try to objectify you, society will pressure you with destructive narratives, and the enemy will facilitate whatever insecurities you may have to distract you from savoring a most intimate relationship with Jesus.

I will protect you with every fiber of my being. On a side note, I apologize (but not really, at all) in advance for being overprotective. It’s only because I know the world and I desire to spare you from deceit. The world will tell you things, sugar-coated in fleshly appeal. But they are wrong. Please never give heed to the following lies:

1. Your body is your own.
The world will tell you that since it is your body you can do whatever you want with it in the name of “autonomy.” Dress however you want, partake in sexual activity with whoever you want…but I’m telling you that this claim couldn’t be further from truth and it will only lead you to heart break and destruction.

Your body is NOT your own. Read more

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5 Reasons Why My Faith Compels Me To Carry

I have no desire to kill anyone– ever. Even if it is completely justified. I hope I am never in a position where I have to take another’s life. But I intentionally used the words “have to” because I firmly believe in circumstances where a Christ-follower should feel compelled to do just that. 

My love for justice and humanity is founded by my love for God, and my love for God demands that I NOT yield to passivity when His image-bearers are being slaughtered. So while I do not wish for this circumstance to arise, I do hope to be present, courageous, and effective if and when it does.  Read more

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Jerry Falwell Jr. Shoots From The Heart

You know you’ve made an impact in the mediasphere when the acclaimed Geraldo Rivera can say, “the 2nd Amendment is stupid” and you’re still trending 8 places ahead of him. 

Jerry Falwell Jr., chancellor of Liberty University, delivered a controversial and undeniably accurate message to the student body declaring that gun control is not the solution to mass shootings, but is rather the antithesis of the solution. Having an extended active duty contract in the Marines as a military police (4 years of which I traveled with the president of the United States), I’ve been through ample training and am a proud gun owner and carrier…and I am one of many on Liberty’s campus. Falwell reminded students that Liberty offers a free fire arms course for those interested.

And as is the routine when a notable conservative speaks up, the media will twist the rhetoric to fit their own agenda. This narrative is far too common to deny. We learned about this process when we were young children; it was called lying. To add to it, the media will lie EVEN if it means leveraging a tragedy. It’s disgusting. It’s also ironic that the media would abuse their First Amendment rights in order to slander a man who was well within his First Amendment rights in showing his support towards his Second Amendment rights. Not to mention the rights of the students that he is ultimately responsible to protect– and does a damn good job of doing so. Read more

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Maybe Refugees Are The Best Thing For America

So many people have been delivering their less-than compassionate opinions of the Syrian Refugee crisis. And by opinions I mean they find a clever meme image that holds no depth and is completely manipulated. I get that you’re entitled to an opinion but considering the sensitivity of this issue would it really hurt you to do even a little bit of research, out of respect for the tens of thousands of innocent lives lost? 

Apparently it is too much to ask. Because we’re entitled. And that’s the problem with America.

Christian nation…
Many Christians and Republicans get bent out of shape when the 10 commandments get taken down from a court house wall. They say “America is losing Christianity.” As a devout Christian I don’t like seeing the 10 Commandments, crosses etc taken down.

But America doesn’t lose its Christianity when God’s law is taken off the walls of a court house. America loses its Christianity when God’s law is taken off the hearts of His people. And when Christians can sit back in their air conditioned homes, fed, taken care of, loved, safe…and have the nerve to say “we don’t want you here”…that’s far more of an assault to the gospel than the Supreme Court allowing gay marriage. And I’m highly opposed to gay marriage. Read more

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In Defense of Joshua Feuerstein

Let’s all put our swords away for a quick minute.

No, I’m not suggesting you clam up, or silence your opinion. I’m just saying let’s allow some time for cordial discourse here.

The “war on Christmas” has taken an odd turn this year, much to the credit of Joshua Feuerstein, social media personality and online pastor. To sum up, Josh is notorious for his outspoken opinions and abrasive delivery. Josh’s ultra-fundamental rhetoric has opened the flood gates of hateful repercussion on a number of occasions, while being picked up by high-volume social media platforms to further expose his ideologies.

His most recent controversy, #merrychristmasstarbucks, a campaign to go inside Starbucks and tell them your name is “Merry Christmas” so that they’re forced to put it on their cups, has spawned an eruption of backlash from…well, everyone. Christians, including myself, took it personally because we felt that the message didn’t communicate the heart of Jesus, which is a concern since it came from a Christian pastor.

I am not a fan of this agenda.

At all.  Read more

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I’m A Christian, I’m A Republican, And I’m Not Boycotting Starbucks

Starbucks takes snowflakes off of their cups and Christians boycott them for taking Christ out of Christmas.

Snowflakes.

They took down snowflakes.

Holy Mary, Joseph, and a camel!!

Are we seriously crying about this!? And furthermore, are we seriously equating this apostasy to taking Christ out of Christmas?

You do realize, dear Christian, that the logic of your boycott follows that Jesus is a snowflake, right? And the theological implications get reeeeally weird when you consider the incarnation, penal substitutionary atonement, trinity, death, burial and resurrection…

The ironic thing about this odd logical equation is that not only is Starbucks NOT taking Christ our of Christmas, but given the marketing migration of their snowflakes, they’re now wearing Jesus on their sleeves!! Yes! The snowflakes have fallen from the cup to their cardboard sleeve. Jesus is still alive and well!

Starbucks isn’t taking Christ out of Christmas…for a few reasons.

  1. Jesus isn’t a snowflake.
  2. A cup isn’t Christmas.
  3. Starbucks has never celebrated Christmas to begin with thus they can’t take away from their celebration since there was no celebration to begin with. One does not simply take away from that which does not already exist…except the Federal Reserve, they’re pros.

Look folks, Jesus’ throne isn’t based in Seattle, or on a cute red cup. It’s in Heaven. Jesus’ power isn’t shaken by materialism. Take a snowflake off of a cup, and He’s still reigning supreme. A real reason to be upset would be if a Church took it’s crosses down, non-profits lost their tax-exemptions, or if Kanye West makes it to the primary.

Jesus isn’t offended that snowflakes fell from Starbucks cups. Jesus is offended that snowflakes were ever equated with his birth. Read more

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Liberty University’s Political Posture Is Key In Gospel Mission

 

It was recently announced that Liberty University is the presumed candidate to host the GOP Primary Debate taking place this coming January (read here). Liberty has long been reputable for their political awareness and an unapologetic proclivity towards conservative principles. But due to their establishment as a liberal arts institute they are firmly committed to teach objectively as a means of avoiding indoctrination. In affirmation of this sanders jerseygoal, Liberty recently hosted Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders to speak to an audience of near 14,000 students and staff about his liberal agenda given a victorious campaign. Despite the staunch conflict in beliefs the students were very respectful.

Liberty University has also hosted political figures such as Michelle Bauchman, Sarah Palin, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz, who used Liberty’s stage as a platform to announce his presidential campaign.

But why?

Why would the largest Christian university in the world be so concerned with politics?

Shouldn’t they be concerned with missions?

Shouldn’t they be concerned with being theologically savvy?

Shouldn’t they be concerned about feeding the poor?

And for goodness sake why do they feel as if their convictions have ANY place in a State clearly separated from the Church!?

The answer is simple.

With a heart for the world comes a heart to reach the world. Read more

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Another Cop Fired- Is This What You Want, America?

Once again, a cop is video taped by a youngster who is likely anti-cop to begin with and now the tape goes viral exposing the cop as racist and abusive. I generally give the officer the benefit of the doubt when these videos surface but this time around I was furious with what I saw. It wasn’t until I looked into the case that I realize that, again, the cop has been misrepresented. I can only blame the video taper so much for her attitude. She’s simply a product of her environment. Her parents are likely anti-cop as well. Her friends probably spit the same rhetoric and influence her to do the same. I’m not saying she’s right, she’s very wrong. But no matter the influence, you can never override truth. Never. Truth is not relative. Most of these anti-cop videos are short, doctored clips that provide no context. But we have a full video with context this time!

But did it make a difference?

No.

Because people don’t care about truth. They want to push their agenda even if it means staring at hard evidence and spitting in its face.

You can twist the narrative all you want but in the end the truth still stands and there is NOTHING you can do to change it.  Read more

5 Questions To Ask Before Dating in College

This is not a message intending to discourage students from dating in college. Many committed marriages come from college. Rather it is a means of critiquing the process and possibly expedite finding the right person while avoiding much of the wreckage along the way. And while some may feel that my credentials (being 30 and single) don’t qualify me as an authority on the matter, I believe logic and maturity serve as a credible platform. This is also written from a Christian perspective.

So, when you have a crush and you’re debating whether to move forward consider these questions to help filter the process.

1. Are they into you or the idea of you?
It’s completely normal and healthy to desire companionship. We want love, affirmation, intimacy and to be committed to. But these desires are inherent to us and thus can cause great damage if toyed with. Make sure your person of interest is in it for you, and not just for themselves using you as a means to a personal end of fulfillment. Until they desire you for you, they will not be fully satisfied NOR will they understand what it means to love back.

With slogans such as ring by spring, MRS degree, and Bae by May (I came up with that one, thank you very much), young adults may often feel pressured to adopt the notion that they must marry sooner than later. This presents a host of problems:

a) It objectifies a spouse as a goal, as opposed to a lifelong partner.
Checks in the box are temporary and generally serve as a means to an end. But marriage is not a means to an end, it is a union designed to last until the end. Read more