A Devotion on Spiritual Desertion

The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose I will not, I will not desert to its foes; that soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake, I’ll never, no, never, no never forsake! The prospect of spiritual desertion is possibly the most frightening experience of the Christian life. Hell itself is often articulated as the


Winds of Change in the Church of the Nazarene

I have been attending predominantly Nazarene churches for about seven years now and officially been a member of the Church of the Nazarene for around six years. In that time, I’ve come to realize that there is a lot of tension between the right wing and the left wing of the denomination – tension that


“We Don’t Need No Modern Jesus”

There’s a song that I recently can’t seem to get out of my head: “Modern Jesus” by Portugal. The Man. This intriguing and catchy song has captured my interest and piqued my curiosity. In the music video for “Modern Jesus,” religious images of stained glass windows, icons, crosses, and cathedrals are juxtaposed with clips portraying


The Confrontation

Nate Simmons was a good guy, but we were bound to bump heads eventually.  He was a Christian, I was an atheist.  It was only a matter of time. We both were hired last spring at Kansas City International Airport to work the ramp for United Airlines.  As Nate had prior experience in management and


Three Reasons I Broke Up with the Baptist Church

WARNING: You are about to read some gross generalizations. Baptist churches are so diverse that it’s pretty much impossible to write anything that applies across the board, so know that I’m writing from my personal experience in fundamentalist Baptist churches. Your experience may differ. Every breakup is tough. If you know anything about my personal


To Love Them Both

No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. I looked in the hallway mirror and buttoned my jacket. All set. “Alright honey, I’m heading over to Eden’s for a bit. I’ll be back in a few hours.” “Have


I Can’t Call Myself a Christian Anymore

Christian. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, this term refers to “one who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ.” Oxford dictionary defines it as “Of, relating to, or professing Christianity or its teachings: the Christian Church” and adds, “Having or showing qualities associated with Christians, especially those of decency, kindness, and fairness.” While we


Lunatic’s Ark

Damn the naysayers! Damn the unbelievers! The man’s aging back arched as he lifted the sledgehammer high over his head. His ark was almost finished. This joint at the pinnacle of the vessel was the culmination of years of obsession – obsession that had driven away all of his friends and most of his family.


The Problem with “Biblical” Opposition to John Piper’s Pacifism

About a month ago, John Piper published an article called “Should Christians Be Encouraged to Arm Themselves?” in which he confronted the evangelical enthusiasm for carrying firearms. Personally, I rarely find myself on the same theological page as Piper, but as I read his piece, I found that he expressed many of the same ideas


Defending Scripture

The idea of defending Scripture always gives me pause. I cringe when I hear someone talking about Christian apologetics. It’s the house of cards the faith of my childhood was built on. Always be prepared to give an answer… I had all the answers. I understand the importance of defending my faith. If I can’t