A New Heaven and a New Earth

A New Heaven and a New Earth

Our scripture for tonight is from Isaiah, which is the largest prophetic text in the Bible. The scripture that we’re reading tonight is from the very end of the book, which was written after the Israelites returned from exile. They had been conquered by the Babylonians and marched off. Our scripture is from after they…

How Not to Reach 25,000 Followers and Make Money on Medium

How Not to Reach 25,000 Followers and Make Money on Medium

A few days ago a story popped into my feed explaining how to make $500 writing on Medium. Cynicism forced me to see what kind of “advice” was being invented. The sum total was: Follow everyone and hope they follow you back Pay for the author’s Medium course to know the rest Exactly as I…

I Survived My First Yoga Class

I Survived My First Yoga Class

In the real world, I’m the Minister to Youth and Families at a church in Downtown Orlando. On top of the tragedy that fell just blocks from my office, I spent this summer on four mission trips with various groups of teenagers. Since June 6 I spent more nights on blow-up mattresses and vinyl pads…

My name is Justin, I’m 33 years old, and I have no idea how to dress myself.

My name is Justin, I’m 33 years old, and I have no idea how to dress myself.

Last November my wife got a new job. We both work in ministry — her coordinating volunteers and myself with teenagers — and her new job was a big promotion. Translation: it required a more “professional” wardrobe. Translation: she needed to go shopping. My wife has always looked great and known what to wear. This story isn’t about her….

The Grand Unified Theory of Scarlett Johansson Movies

The Grand Unified Theory of Scarlett Johansson Movies

What if all Scarlett Johansson movies are connected? The other night my wife and I were watching Lucy and a ridiculous thought crossed my mind: what if all of Scarlett Johansson’s movies are connected? And what if the center of that universe is actually Lucy? My mind started to wander and, after pulling up IMDB, connections seemed to fall right into…