If following Christ means Him making all things new, bringing restoration, fulfillment, joy, wholeness, etc…why do we still get caught under these dark clouds of despair?? What’s the deal? Quick check-up: 1) am I surrendering to the Holy Spirit and allowing God’s nature to be produced in me (Romans 12:1-2)? Secondly, am I doing my … More Why Do Christians Struggle With Depression?
Several high profile suicides recently have once again brought depression and chronic mental illness to the forefront, even making its way to countless pulpits across America. Failed businesses, school bullying, broken marriages and families, emotional fatigue, PTSD, chemical imbalances, young, old, rich, poor…whatever the cause, it’s only on the rise. And it reveals 2 things: … More Mental Illness: We Treat It Like A Hot Potato Instead Of A Grenade With The Pin Removed
Since stepping down from full-time ministry, I thought I’d get a respite from the unfounded accusations that used to occur frequently. Apparently, that was naive as the last 3 years has not shut down speculations, chatter, and outright lies. Kinda confusing for me because I now lead quite the uneventful life. You seriously don’t have … More Going Up Against Accusation And Slander
Election Day 2016…the moment we’ve been waiting for (or dreading…) The campaigning, mudslinging, obfuscating, pandering, slandering, backbiting, vitriol, and unfortunately even violence has led us to this point. I’ll say, it’s been especially disconcerting wading through the caustic social media posts from fellow Christians. While I shouldn’t be surprised, I am, and even disappointed. … More
Today Pope Francis declared the sainthood of Mother Teresa, honoring her close to 50 years of service to the poorest of the poor in Kolkata, India. Despite her canonization by the Vatican, she has for decades been referred to as the Saint of the Gutter. Her ministry, Missionaries of Charity, prioritized “the hungry, the naked, … More Pretty Sure She Was Already A Saint
As expected, Star Wars Episode 7: The Force Awakens generated a media frenzy, finally picking up the action 3 decades after Return of the Jedi. All the hype didn’t leave fans disappointed as they braved the cold for midnight showings, even viewing the blockbuster multiple times. For others, it could be the deluge of superhero … More If we were as excited about prayer meetings as we were about Star Wars
It’s been an introspective season for me as Lent wraps up. I spent several hours at my church’s Stations of the Cross devotional this past weekend. Started meditating on several Scriptures surrounding Christ’s suffering and death…obviously 🙂 “He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on … More Lessons from the Cross: What to do when we’re attacked