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...

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

By: Chad West on Tuesday January 31, 2017

The Problem: 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...

Our Brutal Witness

By: Chad West on Thursday January 5, 2017

Of course you can. Everybody makes decisions about right and wrong every single day. You can totally believe something is immoral, unethical or even evil to your heart’s content. The Christian faith demands it. What I’m saying I have a problem with is that we’ve convinced ourselves that...