God Will Unify His Church, Whether Christians Want It or Not

In Galatians 3:28, we find God’s present-day plan for the Church: “There is neither Jew nor Greek”—one version says Jew nor Gentile—“neither slave nor free, neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ.” So, there is unity in God’s plan. From the beginning, it was a unity of blood. We are all one in...

Making 2020 the Best

Everywhere we look, we see memes about how 2020 will go down as the worst year ever. It’s true that 2020 has been challenging, but what if we look back on this year and remember it being far better than we are seeing it now? We have an opportunity to confront some ugly things in our society...

A Picture Paints a Thousand Words

Have you ever heard the phrase, “a picture paints a thousand words?” This phrase took on a new meaning for me over the past several weeks, because if there’s anything our nation has been exposed to recently, it’s pictures. Gut wrenching pictures that have produced not just a thousand words, but millions. One such picture, showing the...

Catalyst for Change

As we continue our national conversation in which we wrestle with issues surrounding social justice, violence against African Americans, and the polarization taking place in our social and political discourse, one thing is clear:  we all have much to learn, and a posture of humility and openness towards others is a necessary ingredient in our pursuit of discipleship...

The Integration of Faith in the Arts

One of the world’s most renown Christian apologists, Ravi Zacharias, 74, died May 19 of this year. At the age of 17, Zacharias tried to commit suicide by swallowing poison. He said that the words of Jesus to Thomas recorded in John 14:19 rescued him: “Because I live, you also will live.” The young man gave his...

Social Distancing Redeemed as Sabbath

I recently saw—and shared—a meme that said, “Public health officials are strongly advocating for ‘social distancing’ or as Enneagram 5s call it, ‘relationships.’” I, as an Enneagram 5, thought it was hilarious, but I realize that for more extroverted people, this time of social distancing that COVID-19 gave us is a more difficult social adaptation. Regardless of...

What the Burning of Notre Dame Says About the American Church

The Notre Dame Cathedral burned in April 2019. The burning revealed neglect, rot, and decay both by the French society and the Catholic Church. The American church is experiencing the same revelation of neglect, rot, and decay. The world watched in disbelief as the Cathedral of Notre Dame engulfed in flames. Regardless of your...

Shelter in Grace

My social media feed blew up in the last couple of weeks with people arguing for and against holding public worship services in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. At the time, I was a bit surprised, unaware of the controversy that was brewing. Shortly after that, two pastors received national attention for violating stay-at-home orders by...

Faith and Grief

Philip Yancey in his book Disappointment With God suggests that there are two types of faith when we are faced with the difficulties of life. Grief triggered by life circumstances and loss sometimes requires childlike faith, a faith that manifests in time of crisis as God feeling unusually close, giving us an almost surreal intimacy with Him as we...

The World Needs Hope During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Amid the massive upheaval that the Coronavirus is causing, it can be difficult not to fall prey to the fear that is so quickly engulfing the world. But I believe this is a key time for the people of God to walk in the powerful reality of the love and peace that only God can give. While...