quote of the day

“Bring your heart with its profoundest emptiness, its most startling discovery of sin, its lowest frame, its deepest sorrow, and sink it into the depths of the Saviour’s love… Christ’s love touching your hard heart, will dissolve it; touching your cold heart, will warm it; touching your sinful heart, will purify it; touching your sorrowful heart, will soothe it; touching your wandering heart, will draw it back to Jesus. Only bring your heart to Christ’s love.” – Octavius Winslow, The Sympathy of Christ

good news

I believe the Gospel is good news for this life and the next. Too many times it gets reduced to just one of those options, and in doing so either the truth or the beauty of the Gospel is compromised. Enjoy this clear and convicting snippet of wisdom: “God created both soul and body, and the resurrection of Jesus shows that he is going to redeem both the spiritual and the material. Therefore God is concerned not only for the salvation of souls but also for the relief of poverty, hunger, and injustice. The gospel opens our eyes to the […]

crashing in

This is an excerpt from a post that my beautiful wife wrote on her new blog about a week ago.  It honestly made me cry when I read it the first time.  She just amazes me beyond my minds ability to comprehend it, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that she will rub off on me and teach me how to write.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did: 1 John 2.8  “the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.” “The Kingdom is to me… Amazing Grace read aloud as it slowly softens […]

a spoonful of humility

Lately I’ve been thinking about what God has been teaching me in the changes of the past year. One of the prevalent and painstaking lessons I have been learning is undoubtedly humility. And one of the clearest avenues that these lessons have come through is by my so called “career” since graduating college. When I graduated in May and moved to Columbia to help with Midtown I had these big plans of getting an awesome job at some non-profit that I would love and that would really make a difference in people’s lives. I cannot tell you how many jobs […]

gas station eschatology

I used to be a really big Left Behind fan.  I don’t care what you say about them, or about how off Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins’ theology is…they are just good fiction.  Those books define the word “page-turner”. However, during the past few years at Anderson, I learned a lot that changed my views on eschatology.  I am infinitely grateful for this, as I believe it has given me a more holistic picture of God’s redemption.  Plus, it has freed me from having to read Revelation like a theological crossword puzzle, and also saved me from having to affirm […]

my mocking voice

This has always been one of my favorites… How deep the Father’s love for us, how vast beyond all measure that he should give his only Son to make a wretch his treasure. How great the pain of searing loss. The Father turns his face away as wounds which mar the Chosen One bring many sons to glory. Behold the Man upon a cross, my sin upon his shoulders. Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice call out among the scoffers. It was my sin that held him there until it was accomplished; his dying breath has brought me life. I […]

healing through family

 I wrote this a while back.  Its kind of long for a blog, but I decided to post it just in case… I spent this past weekend in an outrageously enormous log cabin on the side of a mountain in Gatlinburg, TN.  You are probably jealous, as well you should be.  But this was not one of those calm, restful getaways.  Oh no. This was family vacation. Only, it wasn’t my biological family—although I have been blessed with an amazing one.  This was my church family. For me, that statement in itself is laughably ironic.  I am the chief of […]

your best teeth now!

You really just have to check this video out.

learning that I’ve got a lot to learn

I’d say that just about sums up the past month or so of my life. God has humbled me and broken me in many ways, and for that I am thankful. I have had more free time in the past month than I’ve had in a long, long time and I have been embarrassingly undisciplined and unproductive with it. I’ve got such a long way to go. My friend Lee has been helping me with this area of my life. We were talking one morning this week over coffee and he started asking me some questions about my life and […]

heroes that are not in the tv show

I have a lot of heroes. One of them is my wife. Lots of them are in my family. I work with many of them at Midtown. But I need to tell you about one of them tonight, and his name is Allen Tipping. When I was first introduced to Midtown I heard about this Allen guy. All I knew was that he did a lot of stuff with the homeless, which I thought was awesome, and that he said something mean to Jay about jobs and our “Christian Ministry” degree that made Jay not like him for a while. […]