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sin-ruin-life

Before I could offer any advice, he spouted off a list of reasons why it was OK for him to rent a hotel room on prom night. He made sure to be safe. He and his girlfriend were legal adults. He had done it before, and his emotional health seemed just fine.

I heard these excuses from a student in my youth group, a student I was supposed to be counseling. I wish I could tell you I said something that changed his mind, but I only changed the subject. That day, I realized the way I talked (and thought) about sin needed more than a makeover. It needed a renovation. In the past, I only spoke to the personal, physical consequences of sin—broken relationships, legal trouble, STDs, etc.—and my students noticed. Individualism had sneaked into my belief system, constructing obedience into a selfish statue of personal comfort. I needed a better answer than, “Sin will ruin your life.”

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Taylor-swift-shake-it-off

Last year, I took some time to dissect Taylor Swift’s song, 22. It’s upbeat, fun, and a reflection of the darkness surrounding Taylor’s life.

What?!

Yes. 22 is more than just a catchy tune for teenagers driving to prom. It bleeds with clear allusions to failed relationships, sorrow, and, of course, an episode of The Twilight Zone. If you haven’t had a chance to read my piece, you can do so here.

Today, I’m going further down the rabbit hole by critically analyzing Taylor’s (we’re on a first name basis) new song, Shake It Off. Continue Reading…

27-things-27-years

Yesterday, I turned twenty-seven (in lieu of gifts, please send cake). Time has evaporated faster than I ever imagined it could. Now, I’m just a not-so-young, young adult who’s fond of nostalgia.

Taking some time this past week, I penned a list of twenty-seven things I’ve learned these first twenty-seven years of my life. I’ve always found the key to growing is first being aware. Once we are aware, we allow our ears to hear the lessons screaming all around us.

Here’s what’s screaming at me:

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