• New Rules for Love, Sex, and Dating
    Church and Faith

    Gentleman’s Club

    What does the Bible say on how women are to be treated? Has it changed over time? How did the early church treat women? Was it with reverence and respect, or were the treated as lesser people? Objects, commodities, as if they were truly valued less. As Equals In the United States today, women have more rights as equals and partners alongside men than perhaps anywhere else in the world. But the way we treat women today, as equals, as people, has in part to do with an idea introduced by Jesus. Jesus brought a standard into this world about women that we should gladly accept today. The idea that…

  • New Rules for Love, Sex, and Dating
    Church and Faith

    The Right Person Myth

    Are you a single person, looking for the one? Are a you married person whose marriage is failing? Do you believe that if you could only find, date, or marry the right person, that everything will be fine? You’re not alone. But you may perhaps have been raised to believe a myth. The Right Person myth. What follows is a summary of what Andy Stanley, the pastor of the North Point Ministries, based out of Alpharetta, GA has to say about finding the right person. And for the full book and message, check it out here, here, and here.  But let’s break down what Andy Stanley says concerning the new…

  • Guardrails Heart of the Matter
    Church and Faith

    Guardrails: Guard Your Heart

    Guard Your Heart In the final installation in the Guardrail series, Andy talks about the heart, and the importance of guarding it. Of all the guardrails we place in our lives, be it in our marriage, friendships, finances, or academic, none of those compare to the ones we place around our heart. Guardrails, as mentioned previously, are placed in our lives within the safety zone. They’re there to light up our conscience BEFORE it’s too late. They make us feel uneasy if we start edging toward a line. They’re personal standards we hold ourselves to, but we have no right to impose those on others. They’re personal. So where I…

  • Church and Faith

    Guardrails: Money Matters

    Money Matters Do you ever wonder, what you would want…. If you didn’t know what everyone else had? Do you ever wonder how much money you would give to others… If you weren’t comparing what you were giving with how much the person beside you were giving? Awareness can breed discontent. And comparison is the thief of contentment.   If I know what you have, I want it. Greed. If I know what I could have, but can’t, I’m unhappy. Coveting. Comparison is the Thief of Joy In this age of social media, instant gratification is just a click away on the most popular shopping sites. I can see not…