Archive for the ‘Friendship’ Category

Homesick Holidays: Why Long-Distance Relationships Are Good For You

One of the hardest things about life is being away from the people you love. This sort of pain does not heal with time; it only gets worse. However, one of the best ways to grow, as a person and as a Christian, is by being away from those same people. You are bound to experience the pain of separation...
December 12th, 2013 | Culture, Friendship | Read More

Forming Genuine Friendships

Just admit it. You enjoy spending time with certain people and you avoid those who you don’t enjoy. You have friends, maybe even best friends, and you also have those lesser bonds that we call acquaintances or do not even bother to label at all. Those who we call friends are the people that we enjoy...
November 13th, 2013 | Friendship | Read More

House of Cards, Grief, and Loss

In the third episode of Netflix’s drama, House of Cards, our main character—the Machiavellian Francis Underwood, married to a regular Lady MacBeth—gives a sermon at the church in his hometown. He’s a southern boy through and through, living and growing up in the Bible belt. Underwood is forced...
March 19th, 2013 | Culture, Friendship, Religion | Read More

A Strange Prayer

For a long time now, a close friend of mine has been content to call himself agnostic. We don’t talk about it often, but we did a couple weeks ago. I had a long conversation with him via Facebook, going back and forth on various things. Nothing seemed to sink in: It seemed as though we ended the...
October 11th, 2012 | Friendship, Religion, The Gospel | Read More

On Talking: People Are Inefficient, But They Do Magic

Humans are not efficient. When they do become efficient, it is in a few shining moments preceded by monumental inefficiency. My undergraduate years were spent in the highly inefficient Torrey Honors Institute, where classes were three-hour conversations leading to personalized oral examinations for every...
August 13th, 2012 | Culture, Featured, Friendship | Read More

Pastors and Close Friends

I quoted some statistics from Christianity Today in a post awhile back, but the point was to address another article written about those statistics. I was looking at the stats again, and another figure caught my eye.
December 19th, 2011 | Church, Culture, Featured, Friendship, Religion | Read More