Be Not Afraid, Be Not Dismayed

Perhaps you feel it, too, lately: the tightness in your chest when you hear the most recent news, the weight of preemptive grief when you consider your child’s future, or the weariness that comes when trying to “choose joy” in your own strength day after duty-filled day. I have often heard people remark on how…

Do I Keep Blogging?

Writing in the 21st century can be hard. On one hand, it seems most people are convinced they have something new and important to say about every conceivable topic. The market is flooded. It isn’t a very novel thing (pardon the pun) to call yourself a writer in any capacity these days, regardless of what…

Reflecting on Integrity

Most of us have been taught to think of integrity in a very one-dimensional, surface level way. If you were to ask me even a week ago what the term means, I’d have probably answered that “to have integrity is to demonstrate consistency and honesty.” We also tend to think of integrity as something that…

What Is A Pharisee? What Is True Righteousness?

The Sermon on the Mount was one of the first passages I tried to memorize upon discovering the Bible in high school. Yes, all three chapters. I was a bit of an overachiever throughout the first few years of my Christian walk, and the idea of having all those moral guidelines recorded to memory really…

We Can’t Live For Earthly Breakthroughs

A couple of months ago, an internet acquaintance of mine, Joshua Arnold, shared a profound thought: “I’d rather have a breakdown that has me cleaving to Christ than a ‘breakthrough’ in something worldly and vain that may charm me into thinking I don’t need to desperately depend on Christ in every moment.” This sentiment runs…

Stop Asking The “Relationship Or Religion” Question

I have lived and affirmed both sides of the “relationship or religion” controversy in my relatively short twenty-two years of life. Growing up in the South amidst fundamentalist communities (as well as the weird amalgamation of Eastern spirituality which characterizes Asheville, my hometown) has enabled me to find a comfortable seat on the pendulum ride…