The Dirty Words of Counseling

By: Matt Johnson on Thursday November 17, 2016

Whether you dispense financial advice at the water cooler, or talk a friend through a crisis, we are all counseling, all the time. The problem is, we’re often not good counselors. Usually our counsel is more like advice, and advice isn’t always helpful. COUNSELING: THE GREASED PIG RODEO Good...

Peter, The Courageous Coward

By: Matt Johnson on Thursday October 27, 2016

SELF-ASSURED OR FEARFUL? Are you a self-assured risk taker? Or are you passive and fearful? These seem like opposing traits. But according to the Gospels, Peter was all of these things—sometimes all within a single day. Peter’s waffling tendencies seem like the stuff of psych case studies. But...

You Are Not Alone

By: Matt Johnson on Tuesday October 4, 2016

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Corinthians 1:3–4...

Men Who Ask for Directions (and Other Miracles)

By: Matt Johnson on Thursday July 14, 2016

Back in the days when GPS wasn’t a thing yet, it wasn’t uncommon for me to get lost with driving directions. And it was usually to an important event like a wedding out in the country. Again and again my wife would say, just stop at a gas station and ask for directions! It’s a cliché, really....

With Apologies To Stuart Smalley

By: Matt Johnson on Tuesday January 13, 2015

Whether you’re drawn more toward cheery bible verses (I’m more than a conqueror in Christ!), or the black cloud verses (the good that I would, I do not), and whether you see life through “rose colored glasses,” or seem to always have a dark cloud hanging over you, you’re engaging in...

What To Do When You Can’t Not Talk About Yourself

By: Matt Johnson on Sunday November 2, 2014

Some argue that Jesus' command that we ought to love our neighbors as ourselves presupposes that self-love is ultimate to our purpose as human beings. Just turn on a daytime talk show—any talk show—and you're bound to hear this oft repeated maxim if you listen long enough. But contrary to the...