Why Are You Reading This?

I know, it’s an awkward way to start out a post. I mean, we want you to read our posts, right? Ben really kicked off this relaunch with his new posts. We’ve been promoting the blog on the social medias. It’s not a stretch of the imagination to say that we want you to read this blog.

But maybe you shouldn’t read this blog. Maybe it would cause you more harm than good.

I’m not talking about making racist jokes or derogatory comments. I’m talking about the state of your heart and your motivations for reading this blog.

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Book Review: People To Be Loved

If you haven’t heard of People to be Loved, you should stop reading this and order the book on Amazon.

Two nights ago, I finished reading Preston Sprinkle’s new book People to be Loved. Preston was my professor during my first year at Eternity Bible College, and I audited his class on homosexuality, which just means that he has a history of challenging my presuppositions and driving me to be more biblical in all areas of life. People to be Loved is no different. Preston’s new book challenges both sides of the conversation on homosexuality and Christianity to love people, not debates. Continue reading

The Dangers Of Studying Abroad

On Sunday, I returned from a semester abroad, in Quito, Ecuador. This trip was the second time being away from my home country for a considerable period; the first was an 8-month mission trip to Albania 5 years ago. Returning from a long trip away from home is always an interesting time of readjustment, and this “re-entry” has gotten me thinking about the various dangers of studying abroad. Don’t worry; I’m not talking about physical dangers, though that’s always a possibility when studying abroad (and, if you think about it, just about anywhere). Because of these dangers, I don’t think that studying abroad is for everyone. Continue reading

With All Your Mind

“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” -Mark 12:30

What is the first thing that you think about when you wake up? Is it a thought about schoolwork? Perhaps something work-related? A frustrating relationship? That fight you had last night with your significant other?

Has your first thought of the day ever been about God?

There was a time in my life when I wanted to do this, and sometimes I succeeded. This may seem like a strange thing to do, but I believe that it can be one way of loving God with all of your mind. When you hear the phrase “Love God with all your mind,” most of us typically think that it means being intellectual. Certainly, Christians shouldn’t be ignorant of the knowledge of God. Christians are in a life-long process of knowing more and more about God, so we can’t disregard this aspect of loving God with all of our minds. But I think there’s another aspect to this command that gets overlooked. Continue reading

Cleaning Your Lenses

I wear glasses. Even though I own contacts, I prefer using my glasses when I know I have lots to read for school (which is pretty typical, nowadays). Those of you who own glasses have experienced those moments when you put on your glasses and notice smudges or dirt on your glasses. Do you typically just shrug your shoulders and go on with the day? Poppycock! You spend 10 seconds cleaning your glasses so you can see clearly.

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Speaking God’s Honor To Yourself

I took a summer class this year on the theology of honor and shame. It is definitely in my top 5 favorite classes at Eternity Bible College. It only lasted two weeks, but they were intense and loaded with information. Honor theology is definitely not discussed enough in America. My professor wrote a great introduction to honor theology, which can be purchased here (it’s currently on sale). Below is a journal entry that I wrote for one of my assignments. At the end of the first week, we had to reflect on different questions related to honor and shame for 2 hours, so I decided to journal. The following is my answer to the question, “To live free of shame, what is the one biblical truth (or verse) you ought to remind yourself daily of?Continue reading