Living in the Depths of Love (Jas. 2:8-13)

God has called all followers of Jesus to demonstrate indiscriminate and inclusive love toward all people, regardless of one’s external appearances or worldly status. However, this requires us to live at a depth of love that most people aren’t familiar with. In order to survive and thrive at such a depth, we must be aware…

Stay in Your Seat

What do you do when you’re upset? When you find yourself in sharp disagreement with someone? When your voice doesn’t seem to be heard? Here’s one suggestion: stay in your seat. By now you’ve probably heard about the Notre Dame graduates who walked out on Vice President Mike Pence during his commencement address a few…

When the Church Plays Favorites (Jas. 2:1-7)

Although you may feel that favoritism in the world is frustrating and unfair, you’ll have a hard time denying that it’s normal. Everywhere we turn, we see “insiders” getting special treatment and “outsiders” being marginalized. But James calls the church to a different standard. What is accepted in the world should be unthinkable in the…

A World of Difference (Jas. 1:22-27)

Two people are sitting in front of their Bibles, reading the words before them. One walks away and looks for ways to put into practice the things she has read. The other walks away and gets caught up in the craziness of life, forgetting the things she just read. James wants us to understand that…

Quick and Slow (Jas. 1:19-21)

We probably all know someone who has a tendency to speak up and lash out with very little provocation. And we probably try to avoid that person as much as possible. But is it possible that we might—at least on occasion—be that very person? Is it possible that we might be slow to hear and…

Interview on Pith and Piety

There’s a cool new podcast here in Greater Lafayette, and I’ve really enjoyed listening to the first few episodes that have gone out. It’s called Pith and Piety, and it explores Christian topics of interest to the community from an ecumenical point of view. Matt, Matt, and Ryan have a great chemistry, and it makes their banter…

Looks Can Be Deceiving (Jas. 1:9-18)

It’s easy to think you have things figured out, only to discover you misread the signs and drew the wrong conclusions. This can happen in any situation, but in the midst of a difficult season in life, the capacity to be deceived is heightened. Suffering and pain warp our judgment, and we end up with…

Productive Trials (Jas. 1:2-8)

Life is full of difficulties. Some are big, some are small. Some are completely unexpected, some are self-inflicted. Some are long-lasting, some are short-lived. But regardless of the type of difficulty, we all seem to have our fair share. And we probably don’t particularly like them. That’s exactly why we need to hear the radical…

A Call to Action (Jas. 1:1)

As we begin our study in the book of James, our first task is to get a sense of the book as a whole. Who wrote it? To whom was it written? What is the main message it is meant to convey? Answering these questions will help us see the big picture of James, setting…

Jesus Died to Defeat Death (Heb. 2:9, 14-15)

We have one universal enemy: Death. And yet in the most astounding reversal in all of human history, Jesus suffered the sting of death, only to rise again and prove himself to be the conqueror of this enemy that has enslaved us and kept us in bondage through fear. The resurrection brings us the startlingly…

Showers and Flowers

Here in Lafayette, the month of April has had a soggy start. In fact, as I write this, the rainfall over the last few days has resulted in a flood warning for our area. Personally, I’m kind of sick of the rain. It’s making me grumpy. But there’s an old adage that brings me hope….

Reforming the Abortion Debate

We can’t escape it. Whether it’s sparked by a fierce presidential campaign, by a highly publicized women’s march, by some newly proposed piece of legislation, or simply by an incendiary meme on Facebook, the abortion debate won’t go away. As much as we seem to talk about abortion, though, it’s incredible how little progress we’ve…