The Stress God

If you are or ever have been a college student, then you are intimately acquainted with the word stress. **starts playing Twenty One Pilots** In fact, I think we could all agree that stress can be a driving force in our lives, no matter what age we are. And college seems to be that period…

A Perfect Love

“Here we go again, the beginning of the school year.” I thought, struggling not to grow anxious over the mere thought of how busy and crazy the semester would be. I’ve been shown recently (in fairly obvious ways) how effortlessly I can push God to the side and desire to “blend in” with the world instead…

The Community Crisis

I grew up in church and youth group. Every year, youth group alumni would return for break and inevitably, most would talk about the importance of connecting with a Christian community at college. You’ve probably heard some variation of it before from family or pastors: “When you go to college, make sure you plug into…

Cleopatra & Her Children

Thousands of people around the world have heard of the famous love story of Cleopatra and Mark Antony, many of us having learned about it since grade school. Indeed, the Egyptian-Greek queen Cleopatra, known officially as Cleopatra VII, stands across history for her roles as a ruler, wife, lover, and political monarch. However, very little…

The Senior Reality

Recently, I’ve been spending some time thinking about being a senior and how we are oftentimes viewed in a youth group setting. I think people in the youth group can tend to look at the seniors (and adults) and assume we have it all together, know exactly what’s going on, don’t struggle with “normal” problems,…

Drinking Ourselves To Death

Water-the most common, everyday drink we hardly spend a thought on as we go throughout our day. Kids drink out of garden hoses while moms mix lemonade with tap water from the kitchen faucet, happily throwing precaution to the proverbial wind. However, our nonchalance in regards to the amount and kind of water we imbibe…

Dead Tired

Many people assume that drunk driving and texting are two of the most dangerous activities that cause accidents. However, fewer realize that lack of a good night’s rest can just as easily lead to disaster. In October 2004, a California Med Flight Air Ambulance Bombardier Learjet 35A plane crashed into high ground, killing all five…

The Deadpool Syndrome

I make mistakes. My family is probably nodding in agreement right now, but it’s true. I make mistakes and sometimes rather significant ones. I think we all know by experience that owning up to a mistake (or in my case, a wrong opinion) is no easy task, hence why most stick to their guns and…

Oceans of Blood

Since past Hawaiian and Australian shark attacks first brought the matter under scrutiny, shark culling (killing sharks to protect beaches) has sparked a wide array of responses. Some see these programs as beneficial and claim this reduces human fatalities. Some argue that culling destroys innocent sharks, taints the ocean red, and does nothing to truly…

Friend, Warrior, Wizard

“Go back to the shadow!” A grey-swathed figure threatens, tiny compared to the fiery beast that looms above him. Dramatic music swells in the background, building up the tense moment as you instinctively lean closer to the screen. “You shall not pass!” Gandalf cries, splitting the narrow rock bridge with his staff in a move…

Technology: The New Drug

When previous generations were growing up, summer days were spent playing tag outside with the neighbor kids or conjuring up elaborate imaginative stories. Today, kids sit on the couch all day, staring and tapping at a screen, often to their personal detriment. If someone saw a car barreling towards a child, they would rush to…

Thoughts on Love & How It’s Seen Today

Feelings. That basically sums everything up. Love is a feeling, something you “know in your heart” or other such nonsense. Today, love is any sort of attraction to a pretty face or nice personality. This message is constantly getting chucked in our faces and burned into our brains in whatever we do or see. Movies,…