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If Jesus Had a Blog: So I Had a Very Long Day

WOW… exhausting day. Long story short: I was in the temple courts, and the leaders tried to trap me in front of people. They brought in a woman, and announced they’d caught her WHILE committing adultery. They wanted to kill her right then and there… because that’s what the rules say. Anyway, John wrote about what happened, so you can read about it here. When they left, I told her I didn’t condemn her, and… … Continue reading

Are You a Hero?

Here are four quick ways to tell: 1. Heroes see a need and they respond. So here’s our “bat signal” for you: CURE could heal MORE kids. We have the beds in our hospitals to do it. The missing piece? Donors. People willing to say, “I see what needs to be done, and I’m going to do it.” Here’s the equation. It’s really this simple: You + Action = Healed little bodies. That’s an opportunity… … Continue reading

Can You Struggle with Depression, and Be Joyful, at the Same Time?

An excerpt from Blessed are the Misfits: Great News for Believers Who are Introverts, Spiritual Strugglers, or Just Feel Like They’re Missing Something — In A Beautiful Mind, Russell Crowe stars as mathematician John Nash. We see Nash in his college years, brilliantly succeeding at math, but finding it difficult to relate to humans. Nash doesn’t have many relationships other than his wife, his good friend Charles, and Charles’s sweet little niece, Marcee. Nash’s mathematical… … Continue reading

Why Brant’s 24th Birthday Changed His Life Forever

This month, my life is perfectly split in two. Exactly 24 years ago this month, I turned 24. What I remember most from that month wasn’t my birthday: It was this guy I met. He was very, VERY short. I remember that. So short, in fact, that the first time I met him, someone just… handed him to me. Seriously. They handed me a guy. I didn’t really know how to interact with him, so… … Continue reading

I Want to Know the Motive Behind the Las Vegas Tragedy

I want to know the motive We all saw what happened. And now come the questions. What could prompt someone to do something like that? Did he “snap”? Was he radicalized in some way? What was his background, his mindset? What was his childhood like? What of his gambling debts? What about his father’s criminal past? Those are the questions, but they’re not my questions. I want to know the motive, but I’m not so… … Continue reading

The Most Refreshing Conversation on Race You’ll Hear All Day

Brant and Sherri have worked together for years now. In their recent podcast, they had an honest and truly helpful conversation about race, Charlottesville, and striving for unity and relationship. Sherri shares personal stories that shape her struggles, Brant shares what he wishes the church would do in light of racism in the news and in our country, and they offer some really helpful answers from two unique perspectives. Here is just a small excerpt:… … Continue reading

How I Cope with Being an Outcast

Recently, I was asked for advice about feeling like an outcast in school. I probably didn’t say the right thing, but I did say this: Better days are ahead. I also said that we can get mad at God about it. But you know what? You can’t criticize God for not understanding what it’s like to be an outcast. That’s one thing we can not do. He endured it.  In the very end he’s left… … Continue reading

Brant’s View on One-Way Conversation with God

Prayer can be a really tough thing. Just being honest. It’s a challenge for a lot of us, when we don’t ‘feel’ like God is hearing us. It’s like I’m talking on one walkie-talkie and… there is no other walkie-talkie. That’s how I feel a lot of the time. But I still pray. Why? It’s this thing called faith. I believe that even if I don’t have the “feelings”, God still listens to me. He… … Continue reading