Existential

Hope is How We Cope

Read Time: 3 min.

Are you an optimist? I know I am. I’ve always been the glass-half-full kind of person. If I had to guess, it’s probably because I consider myself to be pretty lucky. This luck doesn’t just appear out of thin air—I constantly look for new opportunities to put myself out there. While doing this, there isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t tell myself, “Everything is going to be OK.” After hearing t...

Hope

Read Time: 4 min.

“I hope it doesn’t rain during the picnic tomorrow.”  “I hope their marriage works out.”  “I hope this new year is a good one.”  “I hope she forgives me.” “I hope the last second three-point shot goes in!” You don’t have to go far in life to hear people using the word “hope.” In that sense, hope is an everyday human occurrence. But hope is also a central part of the Christian experience—a virtue t...

Seeing Myself as Never Truly Alone

Read Time: 3 min.

We live in a lonely world. Some people have even said that despite (and maybe even because of) our global and immediate connectivity online and on our smartphones and tablets, we are experiencing a “loneliness epidemic.” It’s strange, but even as we live in a world where we are bombarded with people at work, in school, on the streets, at the movies, or on social media feeds with hundreds, or thous...

Do we make faith too complicated?

Read Time: 3 min.

If you ask me, religion has a funny way of complicating things. For example, take something as straightforward as faith. I don’t necessarily mean faith in the religious sense; I’m simply referring to the idea of trusting in someone. Can someone be faithful and not religious? Is faith reserved for those that believe in and practice a specific religion? Can those of us that don’t identify with a rel...

Faith in a God Who’s Subtle

Read Time: 2 min.

In one sense, I’m probably a great person to talk about faith in God, because it’s been a huge part of my life for…well, most of my life. For that same reason, I realize that doesn’t make me very objective. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t believe in God, or believe it was important to learn to trust him. I’ve always thought he was there. I’ve always thought he cared. I’ve always thought he w...

Jesus and Battle Scars

Read Time: 3 min.

Years ago, when I was a young, naïve Christian teenager, I found myself in a lengthy discussion about faith with a non-Christian classmate. This particular classmate, who eventually became a very good friend, asked a lot of challenging questions about God, Jesus, and the Christian faith. By the end of the conversation, I came to the conclusion that he just thought too much to believe in the Christ...

Is all the noise worth it?

Read Time: 2 min.

Advertising really bothers me. I try really hard to tune it out. I know I’m not the only one, because we’ve watched Google make their sponsored results (their ads) blend in more and more with their normal, organic results over time—to keep us from tuning them out. And each time they make the distinction more subtle, we learn to recognize the difference and ignore the ads. So they try again. Advert...

Finding Gratitude Between Privilege and Poverty

Read Time: 3 min.

A few months ago I took a weekend trip to Mexico, on the Yucatan peninsula. As I drove down the highway from the airport to my hotel, I listened closely to the radio and translated as much in my head as I could. Something about “Saturday at 7,” and “huge sale on cars, call this number!” I did my best. At some point on my drive I realized that the hotel was a straight shot from where I was, so all ...

Miracles & Healing

Read Time: 6 min.

Miracles are news. You go on the internet, you get assaulted with clickbait about miraculous healings, the Shroud of Turin, airplane landings that almost went wrong, and the like. Do Christians really believe in all these things? Are they just gullible? What do they believe about miracles, anyway, and why? First of all let’s get it straight and say: Christians believe in miracles, but not necessar...

Who is God?

Read Time: 10 min.

This is a tough article to write. It’s a portrait of the God Christians know—the God portrayed in the Bible and known down through the ages through what he does. And trying to describe such an overwhelming personality feels like being a mouse drawing an elephant, or a cricket describing the Milky Way. *Gulp* Here goes. The Basics Deuteronomy 6:4 says, “Hear, O Israel; the Lord our God, the Lord is...

God Became Human

Read Time: 2 min.

A great teacher, a historical figure, a wise man, a revolutionary… the descriptions of Jesus go on and on. But if you ask Christians to describe him, there’s one thing that comes to the forefront: Jesus is God himself, come as a human being. That’s what we really believe. And when we say human, we mean completely and totally human—with a human body, mind, and soul. Jesus wasn’t faking it.  He is G...

Terrible World, Good God?

Read Time: 5 min.

Pick any time of the day and turn on a news channel or check in with your favorite news website. It doesn’t matter which one. It won’t take long before you stumble across a story about something terrible: earthquakes, war, drought, epidemics, tsunamis, nuclear disasters, starving children, terrorist attacks, and the list goes on. At other times, bad things touch our own lives: cancer, miscarriages...