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, […]

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 […]

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. […]

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. Hey, if that’s what you feel in the moment, […]

Oh, Glorious Freedom

Today is America’s birthday. A glorious day in which we meditate on history and its leading towards what makes this country what it is—freedom. Have you ever thought about how much there is to learn from history? Not only does history repeat itself, but we can learn a lot about human behavior by looking back […]

When Loneliness Invades Your Space

I didn’t spend the holidays at home this year. It was weird. The day after Christmas, I wrote down these words in my journal: It’s December 26—the day after Christmas. I didn’t go home for Christmas this year. In fact, I’m sitting in Little Rock, Arkansas in a hip little coffee shop listening to an […]

When Jesus Throws You Lemons

I’ve been such a bad…blogger, lately. I must admit, it takes a while to play catch-up after your life changes drastically in a short amount of time. Thankfully for me, Change is a good friend of mine whom I welcome with a dramatic, running-across-a-sunflower-field, hug. Change is fun, I like her. Anyways, as the craziness […]

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 […]

The Day Pride Robbed Me

Insecurities have a way of sucking the life out of me. Like, really. I’ve never usually been one to struggle with insecurities…but every once in a while, they creep in like a tiny pebble—you know, the ones that painfully make their way into your sneakers. They look insignificant, but once they wedge themselves in, they […]

Marriage? But, Why?

I don’t know why I’ve sat down to write my second post about marriage. I would assume that I have this reserved fear/awe of it that causes me to dabble closely to the thought, while still remaining far enough to speak of it as a distant Cuban cousin (and by “Cuban cousin” I really just […]

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 […]

When Life Feels “Bleh”

The past couple of weeks my motivation has been lacking. I haven’t felt the drive to do, really, anything. I’ve been just bleh. For the past few months, life has felt like scaling a mountain—treacherous at times, leaving you unsure of what’s around the bend. Although its had its moments of being painfully difficult, there […]