The new year is a common time to focus on goal setting. It's a time when dreams, aspirations, and hopes for the future are on the minds of everyone, overflowing in endless resolutions and plans. I honestly love this time of year: I'm a planner at heart, and goal setting gives me so much joy. … Continue reading How to Set Goals as a Christian
One of the biggest challenges for many people in college is keeping everything organized. There are so many things to juggle: academic classes, extracurriculars, campus events, jobs, homework, workouts, friends, spiritual life, keeping up with family, pursuing hobbies and relaxing... As my advisor told me the other day, learning to manage time is the single … Continue reading Transitions: How I Stay Organized
One of the things I was most looking forward to about college was the chance to start over socially. I'm at a small college far away from home, and so I didn't know a single person going in, except my roommate, and we had only met in person once. I had heard that the social … Continue reading Transitions: Making Friends in College
Move-in day: probably one of the most iconic and also most stressful days of freshman year. A few weeks ago, I had mine, transitioning my whole life to a little college in Mississippi. I've gotten settled in and learned a lot along the way, and I want to share some of that with you today. … Continue reading Transitions: Moving In and Settling Down
Recently I've begun studying the Westminster Confession of Faith during my personal devotions. I've grown up in the PCA church, and decided that it was time for me to really understand my denomination's core beliefs and make sure that I agree with them. And as I read through, I want to share my thoughts and … Continue reading Confession Reflections: The One Key to the Christian Life
Four years ago, I entered the world of public school for the first time. There are so many things that I wish I knew then, and my hope is that by sharing those things with you, I can help you make the most of your high school experience. First of all, get involved. As a … Continue reading Advice to My Freshman Self: Get Involved
For the past little while, we've been exploring what it means to use the arts well as a Christian. I've argued that the arts are important for Christians to pay attention to, they are a valid career path for Christians, and that as Christians, our art should be of the highest quality. Today and next week, I want … Continue reading Should Christians Read Fiction?
Today's Christian media needs some help. Granted, there are some good Christian artists out there. But for the most part, Christian music is shallow and repetitive. Christian books are cliched, and Christian movies are cheesy. Christian art should not have this reputation. We have so much to share, so much truth and beauty to express in … Continue reading We Need Higher-Quality Christian Art.
"It's impossible to make money doing that." "How on earth are you going to support yourself?" "Maybe you should find a real job." Those are all reactions that many young people get when they express their dreams to be a writer, or an actor, or a dancer, or any other kind of artist And sadly, this … Continue reading Why the Arts Are a Valid Career Path for Christians
Today I want to share another method for digging into Bible verses that I discovered a while ago. I used it for a good chunk of time recently before switching to another method, and I'm sure I'll go back to it again (I change my routines up often). I first got the idea for this … Continue reading How to Study the Bible: The Verse Brainstorming Method