Don’t NOT Worry About Health and Fitness

New Year’s is upon us and most people are contemplating their Resolutions.

What will they try? What will they change? Will they actually get their butts in gear and do that one thing that they have always dreamed of doing?

For some, it’s paying off debt. For others, they want to start writing that book they keep thinking about (that one is me.) And probably the universal New Years Resolution, people want to get into shape or be healthier.

Is that okay? Can Christians worry about their bodies, how they look, and not sin? Can we try to fit into a small dress size, or do a few more push ups and not be vain, proud people? Continue reading “Don’t NOT Worry About Health and Fitness”

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

While we don’t need to wait until the clock strikes midnight or we flip the calendar back to January, there is something nice about starting fresh. Starting new, all over again without anything from the past weighing us down.

What is also great about this is how it mirrors, quite naturally, what Christ has done for us through his death and resurrection.

The Apostle Paul writes,

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” – 2 Corinthians 5:17

2017 is history. There is no going back, no redoing the actions we took. And that is for the better. We live in the now, 2018, a brand new year.

As Christians we live as new creations, not drawn backwards to our old lives. We eagerly look forward to what God has for us in this new life. The growth, the revelations, the depth of forgiveness and grace, all that lay before us is wonderful and good.

The new is here. 2018. Don’t look back and try to relive what is dead and gone. Live in the richness and newness that comes with the flipping of the calendar page, and the life we share in Christ Jesus.

Happy New Year everyone!


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Good-bye 2017. Hello 2018!


It’s the end of one year, the beginning of another.

Hard to believe that 365 days have passed since I’ve written something like this. Where I talk about what I hope the next 365 days will be like, what I hope to do and write for Christian Thought Sandbox.

They are always high, ambitious goals that sometimes don’t pan out. Other times they do.

As I write this, I’m getting notification after notification that other people are looking back over 2017 and all the things that happened. It’s good to look back and see where you have been, see what was accomplished. But for me, this time, I’m only looking forward.

I want to do something crazy. I want to do something that I’ve never done before. But I don’t want to over extend myself either.

I mean, I’ve still got a fulltime job, a wife, 3 kids, and a dog to be taking care of. I can’t promise the world to Christian Thought Sandbox readers, as great as you all are.

So, I will do everything I can to commit to a single thing for 2018. Something that I think we will all enjoy, learn, and be edified by. Something that we have never done here before.

We are going to go through Jesus’ parables.

Not just one or two.

All of them. 37 unique parables.

My hope is that I will be able to tackle one a week, allowing for the regular madness of life and my own sanity.

I think staring into each story that Jesus told, seeing where it grips us and disturbs our lives is a great way to promote growth and maturity in our Christian lives.

I hope that you will join me in this, and I pray that God will richly bless you as we all say goody-bye to 2017, and hello to what lies ahead in 2018.

An Argument for Linear Biblical Teaching

I often wonder how I am going to teach my three kids about Jesus, the Bible, and the radical love of God found in these ancient pages. Do I start with the Romans road? Do I start with the Gospels, driving the Sermon on the Mount into their minds? Or do I pick and choose from the myriad of Old Testament stories, Noah and the flood, David and Goliath?

Most parents may not give it much thought, and I believe that is a great mistake. What we teach our kids about Jesus and the Bible is of everlasting significance. We should thoughtfully and prayerfully consider how and what we teach our children. Especially when it comes to our faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

Starting with Jesus may seem like the best place to start. Though, there are good reasons for starting with the Apostle Paul and the Romans Road. But Mike Fabarez, author of Raising Men, Not Boys makes an interesting argument. He suggests we start at the beginning and go from there. Continue reading “An Argument for Linear Biblical Teaching”

It Takes A Village, But More Importantly…

It’s an African proverb, but has been popularized so much that you would think we as a human species had always said it.

It takes a village to raise a child.

It couldn’t be more true, or more biblical, except that we often leave out one vital group from the child rearing village. Continue reading “It Takes A Village, But More Importantly…”

MyBookLook: Redeeming The Feminine Soul by Julie Roys

“…our maleness and femaleness extends deep into our souls and is bound up in symbol. A woman with a compassionate and loving mother, for example, is likely to symbolize the feminine in her heart in a very positive way, and as a result embrace and embody femininity in a healthy and integrated fashion. But a woman with a cold, manipulative, or passive mother may have a distorted symbol of the feminine, and as a result reject part of herself and suffer from any number of emotional, sexual, and/or physiological problems.”

Feminism, femininity, the feminist movement; these words and those like it have been tainted and marked by a history of good and bad ideas and actions. Whether the motives for such things were good or not, we may not know, but they are very much impacting today’s world. And not for the better. Continue reading “MyBookLook: Redeeming The Feminine Soul by Julie Roys”

Warranty and Salvation Aren’t Enough

Most days I moonlight as a lube technician/oil change guy. It’s how I pay my bills. It’s during this wonderfully flexible job that I hear some of the most uninformed people making crazy declarations they believe to be truth. They will stand on sinking sand and claim that they are perched on the mountain.

I was helping one customer when I recommended that something on his vehicle be serviced. It was the rear differential oil (for those of you who know what that is), and it looked like it had water in it. (For those that don’t know, you never want water in any of your vehicle fluids). When he realized what I was showing him, he declared with gusto, “Warranty will take care of that!”

Unfortunately, and this customer will soon find out, that isn’t how vehicle warranty works. And the same is true for our salvation. Continue reading “Warranty and Salvation Aren’t Enough”