What About the Past?

By: Chad West on Tuesday May 17, 2016

I’d had a really rough week, so this conversation hit close to home. Without going into a lot of detail (you’re so nosy), the experience I had is something that not only hurt a lot, but was one of those things that happen so often you start losing the will to fight when it happens again. Thief...

Getting Better by Not Trying Harder

By: Chad West on Tuesday April 12, 2016

We just don’t lie down and take the petty, authoritarian, moralistic silliness some people try to say is integral to the Christian faith. (I’m looking at you, works righteousness.) And I don’t think you can have a decent discussion about Christ-like ethics without talking about...

Why Controllers Control

By: Chad West on Tuesday February 9, 2016

One of the bad side effects of moralism (the idea that our good works earn us God’s love) is that the moralist thinks he should run everyone’s life. Why Controllers Control We have all come to our own conclusions about life and how it should be lived, and will fight hard to protect the...

Distract Me From My Fears

By: Chad West on Tuesday November 24, 2015

Give me ten episodes to binge-watch of Hell on Wheels or giggle through hours of Adventure Time. I want music and books, movies and games, all to divert the yammering in my brain. Put all my focus onto the unreality of some fictional characters pain and triumphs. Just....

What Makes Us Hope for More?

By: Chad West on Thursday October 22, 2015

We bow over in mental anguish at the pain of desire in wanting what is not, but once was and will be again. In the core of us is the DNA of the Cosmic Lover, pulling us toward hope. Pulling us toward love without walls. Reflected Glory The still beauty of every imperfect flower, the gentle touch...

A World of Love

By: Chad West on Thursday September 17, 2015

Now, I get that good works is a frightening phrase for those of you who have been beat up by the concept of working your way into God’s favor. But this is not that. And when you realize that our good works don’t fit into the category of passive righteousness—the means by which we have...

It’s Still the Good News

By: Chad West on Thursday August 13, 2015

And I often do. To be clear, I want to please God. I want to love more. I want to forgive more. I want to think more of you than I do of myself. But you could find out my secrets tomorrow. Not the socially acceptable stuff, either. My closet of skeletons could break open under the weight of my sin...

Church Without the Junk

By: Chad West on Thursday July 2, 2015

It’s hard for me to find a church. I want to, but when I go, I just end up leaving angrier than when I came. The judgment, the silly rules, the passive-aggressive jabs. It’s weird when you’ve been on the inside. You see things more clearly. Know all the abominable tricks. Some friends and I...