Under the Cross

 

Life in this fallen world can be hard. Sin affects us in so many cruel ways. Depression, anxiety, addiction, suicide, self-harm, abuse, sexuality, eating disorders...the list goes on. We become isolated by our secrets and they can all-too-easily overwhelm us at times. But they're not all there is. We still have hope. The Gospel means something. Jesus dying for us has to matter...it just has to. In Baptism, we lay our cares on Him. Living out our lives UNDER THE CROSS means living in the hope of the Gospel in spite of our suffering.
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Under the Cross: Valentine's Day Stinks
February 12th, 2021
Valentine’s Day stinks because no matter where you are in life, February 14 points out what’s missing. There’s never been a more uncomfortable day to be single. Even if you’re not single, it’s the day when the state of your relationship stands in contrast to every romantic comedy ever made, your friends’ relationships, and even where your relationship was last year. It’s hard not to compare yourse...
Under the Cross: You Don't Belong to This World
January 15th, 2021
I hope you don’t have to face too much disappointment or drama—although in a fallen world some of that is just a given. I hope you have great and wild earthly successes. That’s all up in the air. I still face that unknown in my future. But either way, you and I—we are baptized....
Under the Cross: Don't Look at the List
January 6th, 2021
Judgment makes everyone uncomfortable. Every single person on the last day is uncomfortable with Jesus’ assessment. The sheep and the goats both. The goats figure they have done enough. They trusted in themselves and they don’t like what they’re hearing. It wasn’t that they didn’t care about doing good things, it’s that’s somewhere down the line they miss somebody....
Under the Cross: The (a)Typical Family
December 14th, 2020
Somewhere down the line Christians began to believe there is a typical family in church. We imagine a happily married couple with some, but not too many, kids. Nobody has to deal with divorce and its aftermath. Nobody’s single and old enough that people ask why, or worse, try to guess. Nobody’s in the closet. Nobody’s struggling with anxiety or depression. Everyone believes the same things....
Under the Cross: When Relationships Go Bad
October 12th, 2020
The thing about abuse is that it is not defined solely by the abuser’s actions, but that those actions serve a purpose. It’s all to make the victim to fear the abuser. Abusers don’t abuse because they’re angry or lose control. They abuse because they believe they’re entitled to and completely justified in treating their partner that way to get what they want....