Pain and Authenticity

Well, about an hour ago I was playing basketball and tore my hamstring. I was on a fast break, and it felt like two very evil and very tiny men were pulling on a rubber band from my knee and my hip, and the thing just snapped. So here I am, laying on my couch with my leg over the side and thinking, “I’m 24! This type of thing should only happen to men twice my age!” But four Advil later, I at least feel good enough to write this little blog.

Pain is a funny thing. Read more of this post

Pithy Post: Asking Forgiveness

Forgiveness is no easy thing to give, but it is sometimes just as difficult to receive. Part of the process of being forgiven is receiving blame, owning the evil I have committed. And who wants to do that? It’s better, we think, if we just ‘let bygones be bygones’ and forget about it. But without forgiveness the evil we have thrown out into the world just keeps bouncing off of our own soul and others’, and it destroys every beautiful thing it touches.

“Some say that Jerusalem is the very center of the world for asking forgiveness. Myself? I call it here…now.” Godfrey, Kingdom of Heaven.

Pithy Post: Can We Call People Evil?

It seems like most of us are either too ready to call others evil or too reluctant to say it like it is. Is it good for society for us to quickly label people who are different from us? Is it good for society for us to refrain from ascribing responsibility to people for their actions? And, aside from whether it is good for society, is it true to who we are as human beings? I think the quotes below help us think through these things more clearly. Read more of this post

What If Hitler is in Heaven?: Finding Faith at the Eleventh Hour

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My friend Ryan sent me an interesting email the other day that got me thinking. He asked a question about ‘last minute conversions’ and wondered why Christians get so bent out of shape thinking that someone may have lived a life incredibly far from God and yet be saved at the last possible second of their life.

If you think it is a petty and prideful position…you may be right.  But before you cast judgment on the Christians who judge these conversions as insincere, double-dealing, or unjust, consider the classic WWII dilemma: Read more of this post