The Do Better Theology Resource List

The main place I’ve been updating resources is my Do Better Theology instagram account LINK IN BIO and that is a little clunky and not as easy to organize. I wanted to make sure I had an evergreen and ever growing place for all my recommended resources on the blog. Enjoy! Critical Race Theory &Continue reading “The Do Better Theology Resource List”

A Response to the YL Policy Clarity Document

This would be more appropriately titled Thoughts on the “Do Better Young Life” version of YL’s policy clarity document” since we have to assume for the sake of argument that this document says what the YL document says, though those of us outside of YL have no way to verify how close to the originalContinue reading “A Response to the YL Policy Clarity Document”

Is Sexuality a “Salvation Issue”?

A point I’ve heard made from both those who might say they ascribe to an “affirming” theology and from some who would say they’re orthodox who simply don’t want to talk about sexuality is that “sexuality is not a salvation issue.” The authors of the now-open letter to Young Life nationally said something to thatContinue reading “Is Sexuality a “Salvation Issue”?”

Response to the “YL Letter for Change”

I saw the now openly published “Letter for Change” written by five to six (at the time current) Young Life staff and apparently signed by another 26 staff in a YL region. (Those names not visible on this document.) I think the region in question has upwards of 70ish full and part-time staff. This regionContinue reading “Response to the “YL Letter for Change””

Vulnerability Breeds Vulnerability

It has been beautiful to look back over the moments of my life that God orchestrated a conversation or friendship that chipped away at the feeling I couldn’t say certain things. I think the feeling for me was “if I say this, that person will think I’m so weird and gross and disappear.” It never occurred to me that other people felt the same way, just not necessarily about the same topic.

The Sin/Comfort Paradox

Think of what you first started turning to as a child for comfort. A blanket or stuffed animal? A particular pair of socks or a hat you wouldn’t leave the house without wearing? As we age, so do our comforts. Infatuations? Sips of alcohol? Television? Fantasy? Sports? Maybe our idols fell into culturally appropriate categoriesContinue reading “The Sin/Comfort Paradox”

Jesus Always Finds Our Idols

In last week’s sermon, the pastor (shout out J.O.!) shared something that really stuck with me. The paraphrase I wrote in my notes was “Jesus always finds our idols…what we don’t want to let go of.” I almost think of it like I’ve squirreled away little figures of wood and stone in the jars andContinue reading “Jesus Always Finds Our Idols”

Divided Houses Cannot Stand

When Jesus was casting out unclean spirits (Matt 12, Mark 3, Luke 12), the accounts record that the religious leaders thought he was doing so under satanic power and authority. In Matthew’s account (12:25) it continues: Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city orContinue reading “Divided Houses Cannot Stand”

To Be Caught or Not to Be Caught…

“To be caught in the secret sin is a horrible thing. Only one thing worse. Not to be caught.” – John Piper What price does a soul pay to harbor sin no one knows about? Piper’s quote took me right back into the middle of that period of time in my life, when 90% ofContinue reading “To Be Caught or Not to Be Caught…”

The Illusion of Control

Control. I don’t want to be hurt anymore, I don’t want to be scared anymore, I don’t want to be lonely. Control. I want someone to love me back but in very specific ways that meet the needs I have, not in a self-sacrificial way that puts others first. I want glory and honor andContinue reading “The Illusion of Control”

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