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August 13, 2015 • Thoughts on Personal Growth

Shedding Introvert’s Guilt

I remember days in my young boyhood where I would heroically command a unit of burly men to victory in numerous backyard campaigns. I never lost once. Sometimes I would be the captain of my very own USS Enterprise, or lead the chase in a foot pursuit of a burglar. For a kid who had massive amounts of bravery, in my head, I found myself clinging tightly to pillows on the couch when I was presented with a phone and the accompanying words, “Guess who wants to talk say Hi!?”

There are a thousand situations in life that leave the introvert wanting for an escape route or a timeout card. It doesn’t help either that there are polarizing opinions about introverts’/extroverts’ expectations of what we demand of the other. Introverts constantly play the victim in the hands of an extraverted world that, let’s face it, probably isn’t out to kill us. Continue Reading

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July 6, 2015 • Biblical Thinking

Answers for a Friend – Q&A about God’s Purpose and Presence Throughout Singleness and Marriage

These are my answers to questions a friend had for me. I’m posting it all on my site because it’s convenient and lets me add links to the text easily. Plus the answers could help other people too.

M, these are great questions, and it’s good that you’re asking them and really seeking what the Bible says about the subject. Most people skip the Bible and look to cultural/social/autonomous answers instead the source of all good and wholesome wisdom. I’m answering these questions from almost the same exact position that you’re asking them from. I’m a single guy. I’m 24 in a month and sometimes my singleness feels a lot like a burden and I have often felt inadequate. But, these questions do have answers! And the answers are very comforting for the Christian. So here are some of my thoughts to your questions. I will also provide links to other articles/videos and Bible references. These aren’t perfect answers, but they are my best attempt. Continue Reading

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April 14, 2015 • Letterbook

The Futility of Weighty Opinions and Unfounded Answers

If only the whole of the world could live in my mind. Oh, how I would right the wrongs. Straighten paths that have long ventured past their intended courses. Setting before men and women the ideals of visionaries, making all humanity sing the same songs and breathe the same breaths.

But my efforts end where my hands do. My vision ends at the last place it is heard and so not dealt with. I set out to do something but to only cast a small shadow. I go forward but a few steps. Slightly. Barely enough to say I went.

My only hope is that everyone else sees this world in a congruent manner and follows their shadows their small bit. Bringing flowers and smiles their short distance. Together, righting wrongs and making bended paths fall the very straight ways they ought.

But nothing man does can yield the fruit that they yearn for. So our last resort is God, and we lean fully into His promise. For none of us has absolute power and if any among us did, their lack of wisdom would lead us into the same situations that we are now in.

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December 18, 2014 • Biblical Thinking

Why Hell?

Hell doesn’t exist to scare people into heaven. It exists because deserving people exist.

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