Accountability and Shame, Part 3

For the past several months, I have been writing about the delicate balance between accountability, shame, and transformation. We have struggled to make sense of why our actions don’t change after inviting people in…seeking honest repentance…and beating...

Accountability and Shame, Part 2

“Nothing ever becomes real ’til it is experienced.” -John Keats Last spring, a friend and I went backpacking in North Carolina for several nights. We hiked a trail both of us were familiar with but decided to summit a small peak neither of us had...

Accountability and Shame

“Everybody is identical in their secret unspoken belief that way deep down they are different from everyone else.” David Foster Wallace “Hey, I need you to hold me accountable…” Every week in high school, a small group of guys from my church would meet in the basement...

A Theology of Emotions, Part 5

“Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.” – Cormac McCarthy If you’re new to this series, I’ve been exploring a “theology of emotions.” I’m going to conclude the series this month by looking at how to do all of this in a way that...

Finding Your Worth In Christ, Part 2

I love summertime for the slower change of pace, simplified schedules, and extra time to rest. This summer has been filled with days at the pool and my young children learning how to swim. What a joy it is for me to see them learning all the facets of swimming. For...

A Theology of Emotions, Part 4

“No feeling is final.” -Rainer Maria Rilke If you know me well, you know how much I love the band U2. If you want to hear me nerd-out to anything, U2 is probably where I get my “nerdiest.” When I was in 5th grade, I heard one of their songs on my sister’s...

Finding Your Worth in Christ, Part 1

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in...

Learning to Live Out of Your Strengths

“You are uniquely created by God and endowed with talents and gifts that are yours and yours alone – and the discovery and development of these talents is key to your well-being. God wants you to be you – not somebody else, but you.” –Living...

A Theology of Emotions, Part II

“Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings – always darker, emptier and simpler.” -Friedrich Nietzsche- Google “scripture” and “emotions” and notice what shows up: What does the Bible say about controlling emotions? 10 verses on controlling emotions...

A Theology of Emotions

“Strange how complicated we can make things just to avoid showing what we feel!” -Erich Maria Remarque- “…but I shouldn’t feel this way.” I have heard it, and even said it myself, very often. There is some emotion inside of me that lurks, feeling...