The Dawn of Political Ben Carson

[box_holder background_color=”] The first time I remember hearing of Dr. Ben Carson was in the fifth grade. My teacher read to us “Gifted Hands” for our devotionals in the morning at my Adventist elementary school. I sat in awe of his story and how it seemed he allowed God to use him. Wow! For me, […]

Stop Eating C.R.A.P.

[box_holder background_color=”] Stop eating C.R.A.P. Hi. My name is Roger. I work out 6 days a week, drink plenty of water, and still struggle with my weight. The culprit? C.R.A.P. It stands for: Carbonated drinks and coffee Refined sugars Artificial preservatives and additives Processed foods I want to share my story of weight loss and […]

My Time in the Trees

[box_holder background_color=”] As all of you have certainly noticed, this month we’ve been writing about positive experiences the church has given us. Since I write about biblical context and backgrounds as the resident archaeologist, this has been a difficult assignment for me. It’s not what I typically do. That said, at the 11th hour, I […]

Would Jesus Be A Democrat Or A Republican?

[box_holder background_color=”] ONE doesn’t have to look far to see that the competition is well underway for a chance at the White House, even though the title “leader of the free world” won’t change hands for almost another year.  If it’s not a clip of Hilary doing the Nae-Nae streaming across your timeline, it’s a quote […]

Why You Should Be Angry

[box_holder background_color=”] [blockquote width=’25’ mark=’grey’] Anger isn’t the “negative” emotion we often make it out to be. [/blockquote]After I indifferently described an upsetting family situation to a friend, she replied, “You have yet to be angry in a way that the bible blesses.” It’s not that I wasn’t ranting or raving enough; it’s that my […]

You’re not like me, and that is OK!

  [box_holder background_color=”] The following events, I experienced myself: *I was asked whether it is ok to baptize someone that is living in the USA without working documents. *I overheard a conversation where a family was sharing that they will not vote for an African American candidate for president, based solely on his skin color. […]

#NoogaStrong: Terrorism and the Church

[box_holder background_color=”] Two weeks ago Chattanooga, TN made the national news as four Marines and one Navy sailor were shot and killed by Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez who opened fire on a military recruiting center and then a naval reserve center. As a Chattanoogan and an American, it was tragic, it was sad, and it was […]

I Want to Be Wrong About God

[box_holder background_color=”] [blockquote width=’30’ mark=’grey’] We have a greater need to desire God than to deconstruct Him. [/blockquote]I woke up with a strange prayer pouring out of my lips, “God, I pray You’re not who I think You are.” Before I could rightly wrap my mind around what the Spirit spoke through me, I followed […]