There he was--like so many people in the book of Mark, coming to kneel at the feet of Jesus and ask for healing. Make no mistake about it. This is a healing story (read here). The rich young man had done everything he was supposed to do, yet something was off. He wasn’t sleeping well. He felt anxious all the time. And how could that be happening when he was so wildly ...

Read More

James 3, y’all. James 3.

Mean-spirited ambition isn’t wisdom. Boasting that you are wise isn’t wisdom. Twisting the truth to make yourselves sound wise isn’t wisdom. It’s the furthest thing from wisdom—it’s animal cunning, devilish conniving. Whenever you’re trying to look better than others or get the better of others, things fall apart and everyone ends up at the others’ throats.  Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along ...

Read More

Say no to pride and yes to humility

The first day of August, typically one of the hottest times of the year across the country, is a great time to think about the story of Jesus being tempted in the desert. Because the dog days of summer may be the best time for us to try and relate to what Jesus went through.  Just imagine: You have been out of work for over a month. It’s August in Arkansas and the ...

Read More

18 Days of Encouraging Others

William Barclay, one of the world’s most prolific Christian commentators, said, “One of the highest of human duties is the duty of encouragement…It is easy to laugh at [people’s] ideals; it is easy to pour cold water on their enthusiasm; it is easy to discourage others. The world is full of discouragers. We have a Christian duty to encourage one another. Many a time a word of praise or thanks ...

Read More

The need for lament

Psalm 13 Psalm 13 is a psalm of lament. Psalms of lament are more than a little uncomfortable to read.  Should the psalmist really be saying those things out loud? Should we even be reading this stuff that the psalmist shouldn’t have said out loud in the first place? I mean, this kind of Psalm made the final cut into the cannonized scripture, right? Surely they’re not as blasphemous as they ...

Read More

More Than Helpers

Recently, Mark Harris, the GOP Nominee for North Carolina's 9th Congressional District seat, said that women should serve their husbands because "only one title is given to a woman in all of scripture...the title given to a woman is 'helper.'" Now there is absolutely nothing wrong with being a helper. We should all be helpers, but no one should be relegated to a single role in life. It's limiting and oppressive ...

Read More

Asking the Wrong Questions

John 9 I always find healing stories in the Bible problematic. It’s not that I don’t believe the stories. It’s not that I don’t believe that Jesus has the power to heal. It’s that it always brings up the question—if Jesus could heal this blind man, then why doesn’t he heal my blind friend…or my mother who is dying of cancer…or my child with cerebral palsey? If Jesus is this great ...

Read More

Created In God's Own Image Genesis 1:26-31  We are created in God’s own image, in Latin, the imago dei. But what does that mean? How can we fully embrace that we are created in God’s own image if we have no idea what God looks like? Truthfully, it is hard to understand how we are made in the likeness of God when we don’t fully understand God. And, because we are not God ...

Read More