I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble and suffering, but take courage - I have conquered the world. (John 16:33, NET) I've been thinking about this verse for awhile now. My life has not been comfortable lately. I wish I could stop saying … Continue reading What I learned in Middle School Science
Let me introduce you to my grandfather, Marshall Bain. I named my son after him. He was the closest thing I had to a father until he died in my early teenage years. If you want to know why I do what I do, or why I am who I am...look at my grandaddy. He … Continue reading Bad Theology Ruins Lives
This week was my turn to deliver a message on Timothy. It fell to me to cover the end times, starting with 2nd Timothy 3 as the base text. If you're interested, the audio is available here. One of the stranger things in this passage is Paul's concern for overwhelmed women (γυναικάρια σεσωρευμένα) in verse six. … Continue reading Women in Ministry Leadership
Recently I've noticed a lot of people asking me how I'm doing. This happens at church, at school...basically everywhere. Without thinking, I tend to respond, "Tired." Sometimes I add a bit about having young children to make my response into a bit of a joke, to lighten the mood a bit. But it's not just … Continue reading I’m tired
Sometimes, life sucks. I wish I could declare triumphantly that our lives are always roses and sunshine. But they aren't. So what do we do? Well, that's a huge question. I've written about tragedy a bit. I wrote about how beauty helps us navigate tragedy. I've written twice about how we ought to talk to … Continue reading God doesn’t want you to be a good person
Today we continue our series on Jonah, particularly focusing on how he uses scripture in his prayer. Here's the verse in question (2:4): But I thought, “I was driven out from in front of you and your eyes Yet I will again look to your holy temple. The first thing to notice is that Jonah emphasizes … Continue reading Unexpected Exegesis, part 2
I struggle with this. Notice the bottom left corner: when words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise. This is Proverbs 10:19. I hate it. Did you know that Facebook has a character limit on posts? I do. Today's sermon was challenging. We're all having a hard time with … Continue reading Watch your words!