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 get into each […]

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 […]

A Word of Advice for the Struggling Christian

As most of you know, I wear quite a few different hats. I juggle those hats multiple times a day— from “student” to “mentor” to “coworker” to “wife” (you can throw “daughter” and “friend” and other things, I’m sure, in there too). But one hat that I’ve been wearing for quite a few years now, […]

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 talk about life. […]

Have We Lost Our Thrill?

Today marks exactly three months since I packed all my necessities (and some extras) into my Kia Optima and headed to Louisiana to begin a new life (stopping for a night in Gator Country on the way, of course). I remember lying in bed the night before my newfangled adventure tossing and turning with nerves […]

From Heart-Break to Grad-School: My Testimony of Proverbial Whales and Open Doors

Within the past eight weeks I’ve gone through a break-up, the death of my childhood pet, and moving my entire life to a new city. Phew. I’m exhausted just by writing that. So, let’s begin with the first major life event: a break-up. Ouch. Yes, to clear things up…it happened without my wanting it. In […]

When LSD Meets Jesus

I am currently in Duffield, VA, lying on an inflatable mattress, in a room filled with new friends. It’s summertime, and every summer I lead mission trips for Adventures in Missions. It’s a time of scratching the travel itch while simultaneously making new friends from all over the world. Meeting new people is my jam—I […]

Joy vs. Happiness. What’s the Difference?

We can all agree that, at some level, we all seek to be happy. Right? I mean, c’mon, it is the mantra of our age. The world tells us that humans ultimately exist to, what? BE HAPPY. Myriads of songs and books have been written about how to find or pursue happiness. We can eat […]