Featured Blog: Against Doubt

Hello!

It’s been a while.

While I’m still taking some time off from blogging, I wanted to take a moment and share a fantastic blog created by a great friend of mine. It’s called Against Doubt, and its purpose is to equip Christians to defend their faith against lofty arguments and everyday doubts we will face.

They just released part 2 of a series on the Resurrection of Jesus, and I highly recommend checking it out HERE.

Be sure to subscribe to them for more great articles, and in the near future I’ll update you all on what I plan to do with my blogging.

 

Quote of the Week

Jesus is just a story. But his story is true and he is real. His teachings were not simply well wishes or pleasant suggestions, but an invitation to complete transformation. Today his words speak to billions worldwide, and they speak to you and me.

The powerful thing about words is that they work their way, outside in, from our ears to our minds to our hearts.

Stories well told get past our defenses and hold up a truth for out taking.

The story of Jesus gets past the religion and the cultural norms as he offers us himself—the truth intimate and personal.” – John Weirick in a guest post on Jesus Hacks

Because You Matter

If one more person I know has a birthday coming up, I’m going to change the name of this blog to Ben’s Birthday Celebrations. I’m sorry, but you’ll have to deal with it.

Either way, today marks the birthday of Dr. Seuss, and he was a great writer. That’s all I have to say about him.

But today also marks the birthday of my oldest sister, Anastasia. Continue reading Because You Matter

Love and Truth

The other day I heard Ellie Goulding’s “On My Mind” song over a fitness center’s loudspeakers. It sounded like she said, “when you mess with love, you mess with the truth,” but when I looked up the lyrics later I found out they were slightly different. Turns out she actually said, “you don’t mess with love, you mess with the truth.”

Whether I heard her right or wrong, though, it fascinates me how much love and truth are intertwined. When you mess with one, you mess with the other. It’s why the world’s so messed up. Even at the beginning of mankind, a serpent twisted truth in order to twist love, and ever since then the vicious cycle has continued . . . that is, until Jesus came.

He was the Truth, and therefore he brought Love back into the story. Fear is often irrational and void of truth, which is why perfect love, which is full of truth, casts out fear.

If we don’t trust, it’s because we don’t know what love looks like. And if we don’t love, it’s because we don’t know what trust looks like.

If we mess with love, we mess with the truth.

If we pursue love, we come face to face with the truth.

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Anointed Ones

Earlier this evening I was listening to a great message by Todd White, and if you haven’t heard of him, I highly recommend clicking on the link and hearing what he has to say about Jesus. I’ve had the honor to hear Todd speak a few times, and one of the biggest things that makes him stand out from other Christian speakers is that he talks about Jesus—a lot. Continue reading Anointed Ones

Proof that it’s not about proof

Every time I talk about following Jesus to a specific friend of mine who declares himself agnostic, he says he doesn’t believe in Jesus because he hasn’t seen proof. To this, we dive into the fact that technically you can’t prove anything and that the world requires faith—whether it relates to belief in a deity or belief in what you read in the newspaper. We agree on this, which is fantastic. Continue reading Proof that it’s not about proof

Quote of the Week

“Strictly speaking one ought to say that the Church is always in a state of crisis and that its greatest shortcoming is that it is only occasionally aware of it…. This ought to be the case because of the abiding tension between the church’s essential nature and its empirical condition…. That there were so many centuries of crisis-free existence for the Church was therefore an abnormality… And if the atmosphere of crisislessness still lingers on in many parts of the West, this is simply the result of a dangerous delusion. Let us also know that to encounter crisis is to encounter the possibility of truly being the Church.” – David Bosch, Transforming Mission

Quote of the Week

“The world doesn’t need a weak, powerless Jesus that’s “cool” with everything and demands nothing. People need the real Jesus.

The danger in pop culture Christianity is that it lulls people into thinking that being “cool” with Jesus is the same as surrendering to Him, and I’m afraid that pop star endorsements are only perpetuating a growing epidemic of lukewarm cultural Christianity. What’s worse, these stars become examples to millions of young people who now think following Jesus means little, and requires even less. ” – Ben Pierce, Lead Singer of No Longer Music