What is the Gospel?
What does it mean to follow Jesus?
What does it mean to be a Christian?
In answering these questions, I’ve heard an array of Christians talk about how it’s all about love and grace, being a good person, or going to church. However, when it comes to following Jesus, there was one message that Jesus preached that I rarely hear people talk about these days. That message is this: Continue reading When we repent, Jesus empowers.
“If you love me, obey my commandments.” – Jesus (John 14:15)
Continue reading It’s all about love, or is it?
Churches should be more like fast food restaurants. Continue reading Fast Food Church
Imagine you have this desire in your heart, this longing. There’s this hope stirred inside of you—it defines you. Your whole life hinges on this desire, and not just for something to come, but for someone to come. Someone to fix all the brokenness. Someone to restore what was lost. You need this.
But you’re still waiting for it. Waiting, waiting, waiting. Continue reading The Harvest is Plentiful
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” – Matthew 22:37-40
Continue reading Pursue Love
The beautiful thing about following Jesus is that he doesn’t just want us to copy his outward behaviors, he wants us to become like him completely, understanding why he does what he does by transforming our minds. Instead of looking at life through the question of “what would Jesus do?”, we should be asking, “why would Jesus do what he does?” Continue reading Why does Jesus do what he does?
Over the years, and especially when I worked at a Christian bookstore, it was easy to be jaded by information about Jesus that people promised would lead to transformation. Continue reading Information Is Not Enough
“Never give up!”
I know. It sounds cheesy, and we’ve all heard it a million times. Frankly, it is cheesy sometimes, especially when it’s tied to our dreams and our desires. People tell us to never give up on something, but are some things meant to let go of? Continue reading Never Give Up
Here’s an ultimate example of sacrifice and selflessness:
Jesus. Continue reading Awake O’ Sleeper