“Hello, My Name is ______ and I am Transformed”

This post is from chapter 11, “Hello, My Name is _____ and I am an Addict Transformed,” from my book, Gospel-Centered War: Finding Freedom from Enslaving Sin.  The Bible does not deny that we were various things—addicts, homosexuals, hateful, prideful, pornographic masturbators—but that is what we were (past tense) (1 Cor. 6:9-11; Titus 3:3-5). The […]

the primal lie

The primal lie repeats repugnant nausea We crawl to the grave again One more riff one more sniff take in sin Let it soak deep with in it pours never snores Gives you life to take it shake it break it down to dirt to the grave from where we came disorder the order no […]

Our Idolatry…

We could basically be the stars of any western, we have individualism, self-reliance, and self-sufficiency in our bones. The truth is, I know some pretty capable people. But with that capability can come idolatry. Self-idolatry. We, moderns in the west, don’t form gods out of gold, we are the gods. We have feet, mouths, and hands. […]

#metoo & #howiwillchange

I know my experience isn’t as traumatic as many people’s experiences so I have hesitated to share this. However, I want to show support and point out that our system is broken. So, out of concern and in an attempt to combat the problem in some small way, I add my voice: #metoo Me too. I […]

***Porn*** (pt 4)

[This post contains explicit descriptions and is not suitable for all audiences] Sex in Marriage and Porn Good marriages and good sex are good for individuals and society.[i] I am not against good sex and God is certainly not against good sex either (see e.g. Prov. 5:18-19 and Song of Solomon). It’s just that God […]

***Porn*** (pt 3)

[This post contains explicit descriptions and is not suitable for all audiences] The Supernatural Perspective  So, we have looked at the natural perspective but what does the supernatural or Biblical perspective have to say? The Bible has been saying what we just saw—that porn is bad—for over a millennia. But let’s look at a few […]

***Porn*** (pt 2)

[This post contains explicit descriptions and is not suitable for all audiences] Porn and Objectification Porn turns people into objects to use and then discard. A Princeton University study has actually shown that “viewing pictures of scantily clad women activated the ‘tool-use part’ of men’s brains, causing them to view women as tools to be […]

***Porn*** (pt 1)

[This post contains explicit descriptions and is not suitable for all audiences] How should we think about porn? Porn has been normalized and seems to be accepted for the most part in mainstream culture. It may not always be openly promoted but it seems to be assumed. It seems wise, in part because of porns […]

Marijuana and Me?

What should we think about marijuana use? What we think about marijuana and its use will be determined by the commitments that we hold or what is often referred to as a worldview. I am not a relativist, I believe in objective truth, yet the way we see the world (our worldview) will determine the […]

Drinking and Smoking

Jesus turned water into wine and drank wine Himself (Jn. 2:1-12; Matt. 26:27). Jesus the perfect Son of God drank, so can we drink wine, beer, whiskey, vodka, rum, and what not, as we like? Here are some things to consider: Romans 13:1 says, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there […]

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