Daily Living · Growth · Whispers of Faith

A Battle Plan for Killing Sin

Recently, as our church has been studying 1 John, we’ve discussed the difference between “making a practice of sinning” and “practicing righteousness.” Those who are true believers will pursue a continual and habitual lifestyle of righteousness instead of sin, since 1 John 3:9 says, “No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for… Continue reading A Battle Plan for Killing Sin

Marriage · Men · Whispers of Faith · Women

Submission: A Dirty Word or a Path to Fulfillment?

(Much of this content first appeared in a seminar I gave in spring 2018 entitled “Redeemed Womanhood: An Alternative to Cultural Feminism.” You can see the rest of the content in these blog posts on “Why I’m Not a Feminist …”, “Does the Answer to a Woman’s Identity Crisis Lie in Her Career?”, and “Should… Continue reading Submission: A Dirty Word or a Path to Fulfillment?

Daily Living · Relationship · Whispers of Faith

Make the World a Little More Beautiful

“I don’t want to save the world,” she whispered, “I just want to make it a little more beautiful.” “Well, isn’t that cliché?” the cynic might ask in response. “Doesn’t she know about all the hurt and pain going on in the world right now? How could making a little part of the world more… Continue reading Make the World a Little More Beautiful

Dating · Men · Relationship · Singleness · Women

Five Questions to Consider Before Dating Someone

“Should you tell a guy that you like him?” “What were some of your concerns about that guy’s character?” “He told me how he felt about me. Do you think we should start dating?” My conversations about dating range from lunch-time conversations with my 8th-grade girls to coffeeshop meetups with college girls to late night… Continue reading Five Questions to Consider Before Dating Someone

Growth · Poetry · Whispers of Faith · Writing

Lessons Learned from a Community of Creatives

This last weekend, I had the privilege of attending the Inklings Conference put on by Square Halo Books in Lancaster, PA.  Square Halo Books seeks to “publish extraordinary books for ordinary saints,” and they are also connected with The Rabbit Room, an online community which “cultivates and curates stories, music, and art to nourish Christ-centered… Continue reading Lessons Learned from a Community of Creatives

Grieving · Poetry · Singleness · Whispers of Faith

A Lament for One With a Broken Heart

“That’s heartbreaking,” he said After hearing her story. “Yes, it is,” she said back With a dramatic smile on her face – Which was only to cover up The actual brokenness of her heart That came leaking out The moment the door was Closed behind them.   She didn’t know why She always fell for… Continue reading A Lament for One With a Broken Heart

Children & Parenting · Dating · Marriage · Singleness · Whispers of Faith

True Love Does Not Wait

Remember the “True Love Waits” movement of the early 2000s? The signing of the pledges and the wearing of the purity rings and the songs about waiting for your future husband? I was all in for that movement and was a little over-zealous in my “pursuit of purity.” And while I still fully believe that… Continue reading True Love Does Not Wait