Chad West

Chad West is author of the upcoming book The Lies We Live, a co-host on Steve Brown, Etc., and the anti-social social media guy at Key Life Network. He has a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, has published a novel and a book of short stories, and hates black licorice.

Articles By Chad West

Is My Repentance Enough?

Thursday May 25, 2017

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I am a robust sinner. You’d think it was my second job to lower myself into the inky depths of sin until it stains me so deeply everyone could see. But not everyone sees. I mean, I know the correct clothes to wear to cover up the stains.

Be Not a Jerk

Tuesday May 2, 2017

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I don’t mind being honest about my failures. I’m probably too honest at times. But you know what keeps me from being more honest than I am? It’s not because I’m scared of losing my witness. It’s not because I’m afraid of seeming like a failure. It’s because some people in the church are so darn judgmental. Way more judgmental than the world.

The Sunday Jumble

Tuesday April 4, 2017

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Scripture is about as ubiquitous on social media as first day of school pictures and political rants. Before Facebook and Instagram, our grandmothers framed cross-stitched verses, and purchased various knickknacks emblazoned with the ones that touched their gray little hearts. That’s cool, I guess. But the temptation is to rip words from their context, misconstruing their intended meaning to warm our souls.

Love for Losers

Tuesday March 21, 2017

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There’s nothing seemingly rational about the way in which God shows affection to his creation. When we talk about love, we attach all of these catches, just to make sure nobody that doesn’t deserve loves accidentally gets some splashed on them. But, God, he turns the bucket completely over.

We Suck at Christianity—But That’s Kind of the Point

Tuesday January 31, 2017

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We’ve gotten the wrongheaded idea that whatever we do in the name of God must be okay because we’re doing it in the name of God. So, every time we do or say something that gets a non-believer angry, we smile to ourselves and think, “Thank you, Jesus. You said they’d hate us just like they hated you.” We’ve got that sentiment all kinds of wrong. If you look at the ministry of Jesus, the lost were far less likely to get angry at him than were the religious types. Moreover, the lost were actually drawn to Jesus.

Our Brutal Witness

Thursday January 5, 2017

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The world is drowning and we’re yelling at them from the safety of the shore about how they should have taken swimming lessons.