Mary, Martha and Cliché Christianese

As most of you know, I didn’t grow up in the church. I quickly learned, though, once I became a regular church attendee that church culture can be…interesting. What made it interesting were those overused “church phrases.” You know which I’m talking about, those clichés yanked from Scripture for the … [Read more...]

1 Timothy 2: Why Does Paul Tell Women To Shut It?

Ah, 1 Timothy 2…the foundation of most debates concerning women in ministry. It is here where Paul tells women to...shut it. Why does he do it? Well, let's back up for a second, as a lot of critical issues go into this text...including: literary context, grammar, history, and culture. I’d love to … [Read more...]

What’s So Important About Phoebe? Part 1

I started to write a post about the ever-famous Phoebe, whom most people affirm as a deacon. I figured this post would be quick and simple to write. I knew what I wanted to talk about: first century letter writing and the weight which sat on Paul’s words about Phoebe in Romans 16:1-2. Well, my post … [Read more...]

Postscript: Encouragement and (some) Resources

I just want to say thank you to everyone who reached out through Facebook comment, blog comment, private message and text message. You all (even two out of the three people who outspokenly disagreed with me) were so loving and encouraging...a true testament to what doing this journey together should … [Read more...]

So What’s All the Love Hype About, Anyways?

So here’s a post about love on Valentine’s Day. I’ve only been married six months, so this post isn’t what you think. I got the inspiration to write this from a short excerpt I heard on NPR yesterday. Man, how I wish I remembered her name (and if you happened to have heard it and know what I’m … [Read more...]

When Life is…Ordinary

Life has been pretty ordinary lately. Now, don’t get me wrong, by ordinary I don’t mean that it’s been in any way negative. In fact, life in its ordinary-ness has been really, really good. Have you ever been in a season where the mundane is so good that you don’t want it to change? That’s odd … [Read more...]

Denying Yourself in a Binge-Obsessed Culture?

Taylor and I enjoyed a short getaway to Destin, FL, this past weekend. It was perfect. Sure, the Destin/Fort Walton Beach area is perfect (sand-dunes, Irish pubs, great pizza, white beaches…HELLO)…but what made our weekend perfect was the fact that we had four hours of road trip to have a long, hard … [Read more...]

Why ‘Follow Your Heart’ is the Worst Advice Ever

Today’s culture is obsessed with feelings. “What’s your heart telling you?” “Do what makes you happy…Do what feels right” These are things I constantly hear and see—from blog posts to articles to celebrity advice—everyone is always telling us to follow the internal-emotion-hub that is our hearts. … [Read more...]

When it Rains on Your Wedding Day

Whew, it’s over. The grandest day of Taylor and I’s life has come and gone like a Mardi Gras parade ripping through St. Charles Avenue. Weddings are dense—pregnant with preparation and eagerness—an expecting mother awaiting her first child. Ah, life is a merry-go-round of anticipation, isn’t it? … [Read more...]

Dare To Dream?

Have you ever found yourself dreaming of what could be, but somehow settling for what is? I have…until I realized that I didn’t have to. Those of you that know me know that I’m a dreamer. I have a mind full of dreams and desires that I fantasize about on a regular basis—specifically, what a life … [Read more...]

3 Important Things I Learned in 2015

As I tuck away the year 2015 on the bookshelf of my life, I can’t help but take one last glance—flipping through the not-yet dusty pages, reminiscing on the great, the alright, and the difficult—which always seemed to rest a few pages before the beautiful. Now, I can sit and write a novel from all … [Read more...]