Posts Tagged ‘sin’

Everyday Holiness

Sanctification is not always an earth-shattering affair. More often, I think, sanctification and spiritual growth come through the (perhaps seemingly menial) tasks, actions, decisions, thoughts, and words that populate our daily lives. We recently bought a basil plant and placed it on our balcony. After...
October 9th, 2013 | Religion | Read More

Put Your Face in the Dirt and Start Struggling

Any Christian who can’t think of a fistful of sins he or she is struggling against is probably not in a good place. In the war against hell in our hearts, there exists a continuum of three possibilities: our defeat, our struggle, or our perfection. We lazily assume perfection is our default disposition....
September 9th, 2013 | Religion | Read More

From Death to Life, Not Rot to Sanitation: Part 2

Three weeks ago I wrote about Christians having to live with TV and pop culture that is frankly yucky. I said that even though pop culture is often disgusting and rotten, Christians who are moving from death to life in Christ have to engage with it because 1. there is some good in it still and 2. they...
June 11th, 2013 | Culture, Film, Gaming, Media, Music | Read More

Learning to Not Be Judas

There are certain people in the Gospel that Scripture calls us to identify with; more often than not, the people that Christ exalts, forgives, and heals—both physically and spiritually—are not model citizens. They are not well-liked and are often relegated to the fringes of society. Some common examples...
June 6th, 2013 | Religion, The Gospel | Read More

Force Yourself: Why Spirituality Sometimes Sucks

When I was younger, I used to wonder why all of the best-tasting foods are usually the worst for you. Why can’t ice cream and chocolate and burgers be good for me? Or at the very least, why can’t I have cravings for fruits and vegetables?  My husband shared an interesting insight in a...
February 7th, 2013 | Religion | Read More

Forgiveness and the Cross

In life, we will all do things that we will come to regret. Every one of us will violate the moral code. Even the man who does not believe in an objective moral code will find his actions inconsistent at some point, and regret the different action. We make mistakes because we are fallible. With each...
November 15th, 2012 | Religion, The Gospel | Read More

When Gandalf Goes Down with the Balrog: Or, When My Pastor Falls into Sin

Let’s just call him Pastor Bob. In church, he was Gandalf. Gandalf could do anything! Church cannot go on without him! What do you do when the Sin Balrog takes down Pastor Bob? Whether it was embezzlement, pornography, adultery, child molestation, addictions, or any one of a thousand things, it...
September 10th, 2012 | Featured, Religion | Read More

The Grandeur of Sin: A Contemplation

“Sometimes, the grandeur with which we regard our sin is really pride,” my priest said. The statement struck me as very different from the way I’m accustomed to thinking about sin, and I’ve been mulling it over since I heard it. I offer these thoughts tentatively, with a sort...
August 20th, 2012 | Featured, Religion | Read More

On Cultural “Sin,” Indiana Jones, and Shared Narratives

When it comes to functioning in any society, there are certain texts and narratives that are shared by a large portion of that community; if you are ‘outside of the loop,’ so to speak, you may miss references, feel left out, or generally function as an outsider. I’ve occasionally mocked...
July 6th, 2012 | Art & Literature, Culture, Featured, Film, Media, Religion | Read More

Bullying God

Over at Cogito Credo, a website I believe has content worth reading (and not just because I edit for them from time to time), C.E. Moore wrote a piece that is likely to cause some controversy, from the title alone.
September 12th, 2011 | Blogging, Evangelicals, Featured, Media, Protestant, Religion | Read More