An Introduction

I recently came across a few blogs that I had written during my Freshman and Sophomore years of college. I had honestly forgotten I had written the posts, so as I reread the words from a few years ago, I was reminded of what God was doing in my heart during that time. Suddenly, I was reminded of my journey of discovering the Scriptures in a way in which I understood the words as truly living and active for the first time.

For me, there aren’t many mediums of communication which can so clearly capture the thoughts of my mind as well as writing does. It seems like a cliché, but for some time, I’ve needed an outlet. I’ve needed a way to place the thoughts of my mind somewhere to be remembered and organized. It wasn’t until recently that I had a way to describe what I was feeling.

Through my recent job transition, I’ve had more time to read some of the books I’ve had sitting on my shelf. One of those was The Conviction to Lead by Albert Mohler. In this book, he gives 25 principles for leaders. As I looked over the table of contents, I noticed that one of the principles was “The Leader as Writer”. The argument he makes in this principle is simple: even in the digital age, there is no way to avoid writing. A good leader is a good writer. 

Writing clarifies the thought processes we have. It gives an opportunity to take individual thoughts and create formative ideas. Writing has always been something I’ve enjoyed. It comes as a natural passion to me and I believe now is the time to do something about it.

My hope for this page is simple: I want to impart the knowledge given to me to others. This doesn’t mean that I know everything. Instead, I want this site to be an opportunity to record the journey as I go. Every Monday, I’ll publish an article relevant to student ministry. On Wednesdays, I’ll share some of the articles I’ve been reading, particularly about culture and the Christian life. Finally, on Friday, I’ll share my thoughts on theology and doctrine.

This site is a way for me to exhale the information I’ve been inhaling for so long as formative (and hopefully coherent) ideas. I want to record the journey as I go and invite anyone who wants to join me to participate. I hope to create conversations with the parents of teenagers, friends in the ministry, and others about the issues we face today from a Christ-centered perspective. If you want to join me for the journey, feel free to subscribe by entering your email in the space provided on the sidebar or on the homepage. I’ll see you again on Friday for more!

The Anticipation of Advent

The light is turned off and the door closes. As my parents leave my room, I’m left alone in the dark to try to sleep, which seems impossible. My mind fills with thoughts of wonder and excitement. Anticipation builds as I look forward to the activities which will fill the following morning- stockings will be brought down from the mantle, gifts will be unwrapped, and a meal will be shared with the family.

This is the beauty of the night before Christmas as a child. Little did I know that the anticipation I felt ultimately pointed to a greater reality. It’s a truth we celebrate together as Believers during this Christmas season: Advent. In Advent, we see how God’s people longed for the Messiah for so many years. They anticipated this coming Anointed One, knowing that He would bring salvation to many. They thought He would rescue them from their captivity and bring healing to their hearts that were broken when they were ripped from their home land. But as those blessed to look back, we know that the Promised One rescued us from the greater captivity of sin and death.

As Believers in Jesus, we understand the anticipation God’s people felt as they longed for this Savior. We understand because we feel this anticipation, too. We know that He who is mighty has done a great thing by sending His Son. We know that He has shown mercy to those who fear Him (Luke 2:49-50). We look back and can see the miracle that is God in the flesh. Yet, we also look forward to the day that King Jesus returns, this time not in a manger, but in triumph to usher in the New Creation. We anticipate that day and say with John, “Come Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20). 

So here’s my word of encouragement to you: may the days that lead up to Christmas be a time to reflect on what God has done for us. Treasure this true story in your heart as Mary did when she considered what God was doing at the birth of Jesus (Luke 2:19). Think about the discontentment that God’s people felt as they waited for His arrival.

May it drive you to worship as you remember that this discontentment we feel now will come to an end. Just as God kept His promise then, so He will keep His promise to us now. He will return, and through Him, all things will be made right