Love is Wise, Life is Short, Pain is a Gift

By: Chad West on Tuesday January 16, 2018

Man, can I relate to that. Right now, I’ve got my fist around a few precious things as everything else feels like it’s coming down around me. At the same time, I’m in the healthiest place I’ve been in years, have people that love me without borders, and even though the future is a blurry,...

Cop Movie Theology

By: Chad West on Tuesday December 5, 2017

I dedicated my life to the rules. The rules are good, after all. There’s nothing wrong with keeping the rules, and keeping the rules is probably even the best possible thing for the health of your life. But I wasn’t following the rules out of an innate love for the rules, or trust in their...

Should I Halloween?

By: Chad West on Thursday October 26, 2017

My humility restrains me from being too frank, but I was rather delightful. As difficult as it is to believe, some people hate delight in all its splendiferous forms. For instance, when I was a pastor, about forty percent of the church would actively enjoy my ridiculousness, another fifty smiled...

Protecting People from Themselves

By: Chad West on Tuesday October 17, 2017

I mean, I try to figure out a way constantly, but then I remember Jesus. Crazy, upside-down forgiveness is God’s way of doing things. And he tells those who follow him that it’s their way now too. With that said, I’ve seen Christians use that truth as a way to prop up abusers and excuse their...

Loving People We Hate

By: Chad West on Tuesday September 19, 2017

As a Christian, I feel it’s my duty to stand up for any person or group that’s being oppressed in any way. I’m not sure why (well, I have an inkling), but that’s a controversial statement. Jesus said to “love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you” (Mt. 5:44). But there’s...

Sometimes, We Suck

By: Chad West on Thursday August 31, 2017

I spend a lot of time on social media because that’s my day job. I follow a lot of Christians (I accept your condolences). And most of them are griping about something. I’m not talking about the cries for justice, or standing up for the weak and disenfranchised. Just the normal petty arguments...

I’m Tired of Being Right

By: Chad West on Tuesday August 1, 2017

I stumbled into my office still wiping sleep from my eyes, still trying to remember how to walk, post-unconsciousness. I dropped myself into a chair and sorted out in my head what I needed to accomplish. But my brain hadn’t quite caught up to my ambition yet. It was telling me I should be happy it...

How to Love a Jerk Like Me

By: Chad West on Tuesday July 18, 2017

I also have strong opinions about things that can be important, like politics and religion, abortion and the death penalty, the military, education, and good barbeque. I keep a lot of these opinions to myself, or only talk about them in muffled tones to close trusted friends. It’s weird times we...