Hope in the Past Tense: A Good Friday Reflection

Jesus was dead. Jesus was dead, and there was no going back. It had been three days already, and three days marked the expiration date of any lingering hope of resurrection. They had opened themselves up so vulnerably to a hope that seemed too good to be true. And it had been too good toContinue reading “Hope in the Past Tense: A Good Friday Reflection”

Our Beautiful, Ugly Idols (Part 2)

In my last post, I talked about how the Lord has convicted me of romanticizing my sin.  In the same way that the Israelites decorated their idols with gold and silver (Isaiah 40:18-19), I’ve painted sinful thought patterns in so many layers of lies that I’ve actually believed they were beautiful. Odysseus’ approach to theContinue reading “Our Beautiful, Ugly Idols (Part 2)”

Our Beautiful, Ugly Idols (Part 1)

The Greek myth of the Sirens has stuck with me. The famous warrior Odysseus is making his way home from war when his ship must pass by the Sirens: half-women, half-birds who sing a song that is achingly beautiful, and until then, had led to the death of all who heard it. Whenever sailors followedContinue reading “Our Beautiful, Ugly Idols (Part 1)”

5 Articles for When You Don’t Have a Valentine

Valentine’s Day is just another day on the calendar, it’s true. But with all the cultural hype surrounding it, I find it easy to let my thoughts spiral into doom and gloom about checking the “single” box yet another year. It’s at times like these when I need to be especially intentional about seeking truthContinue reading “5 Articles for When You Don’t Have a Valentine”

3 Ways to Fight Depression When Counting Your Gifts Doesn’t Help

Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand Gifts made a lasting mark on Christian culture, and rightly so. In her “dare to live fully right where you are,” she recounts her transformation from despair into joyful gratitude through the simple practice of counting her gifts, blessings from God that are all too easy to miss unless weContinue reading “3 Ways to Fight Depression When Counting Your Gifts Doesn’t Help”