Fasting the most overlooked spiritual discipline in the American Church. That’s probably because it sucks. Harsh? Perhaps. But the practice of fasting is not a particular pleasant discipline. Please understand, fasting is an excellent spiritual discipline when practiced, but the actual practice of fasting is difficult and unpleasant. Of course, that is kind of the point; […]Read more "Why Lent? The Importance of Fasting"
Originally posted on Well Spent Journey:
I’m writing this post primarily for my own convenience. During my online journeys to r/atheism, “freethought” blogs, and beyond, I encounter the following arguments so frequently that it seems sensible to fact-check them all at once. _____ The Claim: “Religion has been the primary cause of war and oppression…
During adolescence we naturally question what we want to do with our lives. It evolves from fantasizing what we’ll do when we grow up to a realistic, oft-asked, anxiety-riddled question as we age. But as we become more aware of our faith, the question add another dimension. We wonder “What’s God’s will for my life?” […]Read more "Discerning God’s Will"
I didn’t grow up in Chruch. I went to VBS a couple times as a kid, but didn’t start regularly going to church until I was in the eighth grade. When I did start going, it was first to youth group with a friend of mine, and then Sunday morning service to see a girl […]Read more "Spiritual Gifts? Using Your Gifts for the Kingdom"
Originally posted on Faith Improvised:
I used to teach evangelical undergrads who were not only well-versed in a scientific reading of Genesis 1 but were thoroughly saturated in the highly-charged rhetoric of the culture wars. In one course I included a few sessions that focused on the text of Genesis 1-2. I’d typically begin by…
Last night’s debate between outspoken creationist and Answers In Genesis founder Ken Ham and award winning science educator and Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye left many unsatisfied, and there are stances, arguments, and concession from both sides I would have like to see happen for a more well-rounded and representative debate. If you did not […]Read more "An Unsatisfied Response to the Ken Ham and Bill Nye Debate"