When Homeschooling is Hard

God's glory shines as he works through us, doing the impossible through unlikely people.

To be honest, homeschooling isn’t hard just because my patience gets stretched. It’s hard because everything is stretched. The longer I do it, the more I realize what I’ve sacrificed. Because I homeschool, it means I’m not employed in my profession, the one I worked so hard to learn and attain. Because I homeschool, I miss out on... Continue Reading

The Commandment of Charlottesville

There is no such thing as “social justice.” There is only justice.

Sacrificing rams, oil, firstborns are as ineffective as throwing a rock at a white supremacist or spitting on an Antifa protestor, or posting an anti-Trump meme.  All that autonomy, all that idolatry… all that…sin went to the cross of Christ.  And it is only in the Gospel that we find the penalty for our sin... Continue Reading

Race, the Gospel, and the Moment

Some thoughts on how to respond to the events in Charlottesville, Va.

Racism should not be only brought up at moments such as we witnessed in Charlottesville this past weekend. The evil of racism is a biblical theme—a sin the gospel reveals and heals—so we should be teaching about it routinely in the course of regular preaching.   How should Christians, and especially those with an Anglo-white... Continue Reading

Are Millennials Killing America’s Religious Freedom?

There is a growing misconception among many Millennials on the concept of religious liberty and why it is so crucial to protect.

According to data collected from the Pew Research Center, 40 percent of Millennials believe that the government should be able to prevent people from saying statements that are offensive to minority groups. This percentage is increasingly alarming when compared to earlier generations, such as Gen X, Baby Boomers, and the Silent Generation, of which 27 percent, 24 percent, and... Continue Reading

What Depression Taught Me About Biblical Womanhood

Whatever season you find yourself in — at home, at work, in school, single, married, childless, drowning in diapers — the void can find you.

The darkness just wouldn’t lift. Until one day, it did. The dark moments in our lives (where our false notions of womanhood are put to the test) are the moments when God is yanking us out of the idolatry of what it means to be the perfect [single, girlfriend, wife, fill in the blank]. It’s impossible.... Continue Reading

Moms, We Need Each Other

When we criticize and critique each other for our parenting choices, we are not living as those who have been redeemed by Christ.

The criticism we have for each other separates us. Rather than being a help and support to one another in our parenting, moms become competitors. We treat each other like we are on different teams, as though there is some prize out there and only one of us can get it. Instead of encouraging and building... Continue Reading

Calling, Burdens, and Being Crushed by Facebook

Why specifically does social media leave me so dried up? Because of callings, burdens, and borders.

There are some things I really love about social media. I’m not suggesting it’s evil or that it shouldn’t be used. But it has this weird way of granting me semi God-like omniscience without God-like omnipotence. In other words, it makes me aware of much more without enabling me to do anything with my knowledge. The result... Continue Reading

Thanks Dad, for Not (Always) Showing Up

Many children today are being over-served in the attention department.

A sociologist has quipped that ours is the boomerang age, where children leave the home only to return and settle in for extended adolescence.  How did this happen?  When you were the one everyone orbited around in your home, and then when you left and discovered you’re not the center of the world, of course... Continue Reading

A Brief Response to Professor Gehrz

A rejoinder to Chris Gehrz’s comments regarding “Our Cultural Waterloo”

What makes the LGBTQ issue interesting and more significant is that it is also a matter of fundamental identity. That makes the political debates surrounding the issue of profound importance, as anyone knows who has observed how the matter has played out in the public square in general and higher education in particular.   Over... Continue Reading

Parenting Is Like Jazz

God’s method of parenting doesn’t lend itself to tightly scripted formulas, “If you do x and y, then z will result.” It is more like playing jazz than working off a score.

Watch God with his children and you’ll quickly learn you can have the same issue as another of his kids, and yet he’ll approach you both differently. Or think back over your life and you’ll realize he varies his approach with you over time depending on how you’ve grown. In other words, God’s method of parenting doesn’t lend... Continue Reading