“As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time or die by suicide”

  I don’t want to be the passionate yet clueless youth who protests and yells against corruption and evil, but has no foundation to build their change upon. Or worst, the young person who fears the intimidating powers that be. As much as I love him, I don’t want to be Pippin. “Journey, quest, thing…” … More “As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time or die by suicide”

Dear Charles Martin

An open letter to a beautiful author The first book of yours I ever read was Wrapped in Rain. My Grandma handed it to me as my family headed out the door, about to begin a roadtrip from Florida to Minnesota. My Grandmother, beautiful woman that she is, tends to have questionable book recommendations. I … More Dear Charles Martin

Bleak Midwinter

I gotta admit, I totally love the look Minnesota gets midwinter. Midwinter when it’s been a minute since we’ve gotten a blanket of fresh snow. Brownish-black trees with bare limbs reaching to the sky; a crunchy sheet of snow covering the ground, grey, and white, and taupe; overcast skies with biting-cold wind. It’s like a … More Bleak Midwinter

Hear

“The Heavens are roaring the praise of your glory” Have you stopped and listened to that sound recently? If you’re in Christ, you’re seated in Heavenly places, so you can listen in. You can use those redeemed eyes and see God’s Kingdom. You were made to hear God. It makes a great theme for a … More Hear

Why Fiction

“I am the product of endless books.” -CS Lewis What is the value of fictional works in a world with some much reality to deal with? I find it an odd thing how often my love of fictional works is challenged by people. The number of times I’ve been told that novels and stories are … More Why Fiction

An Open Letter To Christians Who Think Humility is Believing You are Nothing

“That saved a wretch like me” -John Newton ‘Day by day His tender mercy, Healing, helping, full and free, Brought me lower while I whispered, “Less of self, and more of Thee.” Less of self, and more of Thee, Less of self, and more or Thee, Brought me lower while I whispered, “Less of self, … More An Open Letter To Christians Who Think Humility is Believing You are Nothing

this is gonna seem like heresy because i’m not going to include the Scripture in this post that led to these thoughts. . .

“Explode my soul. . .” – Melissa Helser, Explode My Soul “And now my soul pants for you. . .” – St. Augustine, The Confessions How crazy is that? Not just a new spirit. A new heart – a soul with different desires. “Create in me a clean heart” accomplished over Easter weekend. You: crucified, … More this is gonna seem like heresy because i’m not going to include the Scripture in this post that led to these thoughts. . .

Chosen Friendship

Fully immersed in a worship session, when the bridge of this song throws me off: “There is no one like you, Jesus. You stand alone.” When I hang out with Jesus, I see a God who certainly is worthy of everything and overwhelming in majesty, but He does not stand alone.He’s always surrounded by His … More Chosen Friendship

You Came

“Oh Holy Night, the stars are brightly shining. It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth. Long lay the world in sin and error pining, Till He appeared, and the soul felt its worth! A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices! Yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.” The King to a Babe. … More You Came