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...

Hope for Dirtbags Like Me

By: Chad West on Thursday June 29, 2017

“I don’t want to be here. I’m tired of playing games. Pretending I’m all happy and that I’ve got Jesus in my back pocket. I don’t care about a single person here this morning. Not today. Not most days. I’d rather be in bed because I’m tired, my mind is completely drained of any...

Is My Repentance Enough?

By: Chad West on Thursday May 25, 2017

If our fleshy corruption of religion is good at one thing, it’s teaching us how to hide those sinful stains in such a way that the less sneaky see us as nigh sinless. But there’s almost always a point where we catch a glimpse of ourselves in the mirror, and guilt takes a handful of our heart and...

Be Not a Jerk

By: Chad West on Tuesday May 2, 2017

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...

The Sunday Jumble

By: Chad West on Tuesday April 4, 2017

In the late 1800s there was a movement by people like the famous Dwight L. Moody and R.A. Torrey to reject traditional church interpretation. The well-educated clergy were the guardians of truth at the time. Men like Moody believed the bible wasn’t so complicated that any Tom, Dick, or...

Love for Losers

By: Chad West on Tuesday March 21, 2017

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...

Living in the Mud

By: Chad West on Tuesday February 21, 2017

Our house was beyond those trees. During the winter you could make it out through the dark, bare and mangled fingers of the trees. The bus had dropped me off from elementary school a few minutes before and I’d decided, for some reason, I wanted to go home. She asked me to be careful and I...