Putting Off Cynicism
Jan 23, 2014
Cynicism is the attitude that encapsulates the ethos of twentysomethings par excellence. It is, I think, the most covert negative emotion. We harbor it in Christian garb: cynicism toward immature men (“man-boys”), hipsters, a denomination or movement, clichés, and…
Autocorrect and Indwelling Sin
Jul 24, 2014
Slowing down your sanctification doesn’t mean you’re backsliding, in the same way that slow, intelligent repentance takes deeper roots than rash and uninformed repentance. Here are two ways to slow down in your sanctification, and hopefully begin hacking away at a lot of unnecessary anxiety.
Talking About “Man-Boys”
Aug 13, 2014
“Man-boys” aren’t first and foremost struggling with being men, but with being human.
Sep 2, 2014
Jealousy is tyrannical. It is catastrophic. It is metaphysical. It feels as if every particle of self-control you have in your entire being is vaporized in one fell emotional swoop.
How God Cares for Those Who Don’t
Sep 13, 2014
Apathy is a season. God will not let us not care forever.
Do You Hate to Wait?
Sep 17, 2014
Praise God we don’t always get what we want when we want it.
What Gossip Says About God
Sep 25, 2014
What we say reveals what we believe. We can’t hide it. Fresh water, salt water, and the like (James 3:11–12). Some forms of speech reveal in a more straightforward manner: “I believe the sun will rise tomorrow.” Thanks. Others are…
How God Embraces the Embarrassed
Oct 1, 2014
Whether it’s a laughable underwear-on-stage experience (laughable later), or a deeply unsettling loss of integrity, embarrassment is a besetting quality of human life. It lurks and stalks beneath the surface of our circumstances, waiting to sink its teeth into…
The Epidemic of Male Body Hatred
Oct 15, 2014
Many men believe that if we could just appear confident, sexy, intimidating, competent, and super-human, then we’ll be happy.
The Single Person’s Good Desire for Sex
Feb 3, 2015
Single Christian, your desire for sex is not shameful or ungodly, but a gift meant to lead you to more of God.
Older Men, Younger Men Need You
Mar 10, 2015
There is a sad and wide gulf between older men and younger men today. Generational discrimination and segregation are alive and well, discouraging. Here are five things young men need from older men in the church.
The Complicated Life of Lazy Boys
Mar 24, 2015
Before we can escape patterns of laziness, we need to understand patterns of laziness: that we’re shackled by cycles of sin — retreat and repeat — and that it’s not easy to escape. We need to know what we need — where and how God’s grace comes to the lazy man.
Put Laziness to Rest
Mar 26, 2015
God often has a backwards way of dealing with brokenness in our world. Conquering, but not by the sword (Matthew 26:52). Defeating death with death (Hebrews 2:14). Preaching parables to bad listeners (Matthew 13:13). Fighting laziness with rest.
When Your Twenties Are Darker Than You Expected
Apr 20, 2015
The human body starts dying at age 25. Here are five aspects of the quarter-life crisis, and five ways God lovingly enters the darkness of our twenties.
To the Sons and Daughters of Divorce
May 7, 2015
As children of divorce, we have to see how Jesus Christ is a light in dark places, a hope for the broken, confused, and lonely. Here are ten big truths we need.
With a God Like Ours, Who Needs Frenemies?
On Competitiveness in Friendship
Jun 12, 2015
A frenemy is either an enemy disguised as a friend, or a true friend that’s become a rival. How will we respond when a friend of ours gets an opportunity or a promotion or a compliment we think we deserve? Is competition in friendship healthy? Here are five faces of frenemies.
Too Busy to See We’re Blind
Jul 14, 2015
We are a performance-driven people, which means we’re also a budgeted people. 16 hours — 1 hour of commute, 1 for eating, 9 for work, .5 for Netflix, 1 hour for devotions, and brushing our teeth in the car. We’ve…
Did God Betray You?
Aug 4, 2015
In certain moments of life — in grief, loss, and disappointment — it can feel like God hung us out to dry. Here are five things he says to those who feel betrayed.
Enduring the Uncertainty of Dating
Sep 23, 2015
A relationship with a lack of covenantal commitment often ends explosively, either in a breakup or a marriage, both forcing us to depend on God.
Hope Beyond the Heavy Burdens You Carry
Oct 15, 2015
Some of God’s greatest blessings come with burdens. As we get older, we give more to caring for the needs of those around us. Fortunately, we know that no labor in Jesus’s name is in vain. He will return one day to reveal the beauty of all you’ve done and to give you never-ending rest in himself.
Five Points for All Our Fears
Oct 30, 2015
Children face their worst fears on their beds in nightmares. Adults escape their worst fears by staying in bed. Dreams can still be scary, but reality can be terrifying. Our humility in the presence of our Father is our confidence in the presence of our fears.
What Getting Dumped Says About You
Nov 5, 2015
Consider these five lies and five truths after a breakup.
A Place to Start for Spiritually Stuck People
Jan 12, 2016
Christians often find themselves spiritually stuck. Here are six places to start when God seems far, our hearts feel cold or wandering, and the next step is unclear.
You Are Not Damaged Goods
On Dating with a Sexual History
Jan 23, 2016
Do you have a sexual history, wrestling with embarrassment and worried what your boyfriend or girlfriend might think? You are not damaged goods.