• Respire

    Understanding Our Role

    I helped counsel at a junior high/high school Christian camp in Northern California this past Thanksgiving. It was cool. The end, thanks for reading. (just kidding) In all honesty though, it was an amazing experience. Along with a couple of other new counselors, this was my first time ever counseling and working with this age group, and it was immensely eye-opening. Before the camp I felt so out of touch with what middle school/high schoolers were into nowadays and what they may be struggling through. I kept thinking: how do I relate to them? How can I help them understand their faith in Christ more? I prayed for months before…

  • Book Reviews,  Originals

    The Plan of Salvation – B. B. Warfield

    Warfield’s handout on The Order of Decrees, colorized by theosenlogos.wordpress.com. Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield is widely considered to be one of the last great Princetonians before Princeton Theological Seminary split. In his little book, The Plan of Salvation, based off of a series of five lectures given in 1914, BB Warfield walks through the decision tree of Christianity to understand the “entire course of the divine dealing with man”. Discussion The defining characteristic of the book is Warfield’s fierce logic. He identifies three great points of division that separate major Christian sects from one another, and organizes them into a decision tree. In every conception of Christianity, he analyzes their answers…

  • Book Reviews,  Originals

    The Justification of God – John Piper

    What shall we say then? Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! For he says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” Romans 9:14-15 I first came across this book in the footnotes of another book by John Piper concerning election (Does God Desire All to Be Saved?). Most of my experience with Romans 9 has always been in the context of struggling to understand the intricacies of election as explained by Paul, but in this book, Piper places his arguments concerning election subordinate to his defense of the righteousness of God in electing…

  • Hype

    I died, so how am I still alive?

    I wanted to keep my blogs short. I am not the best writer but I’ve done scripts. kinda. Does vbs count? While Evangelizing I sometimes have conversations where some people ask me “why do you love God?”… Okay no one has really asked me that. But pretend if someone did it would go like this. Me: Hi my name is Andrew and I’m with a campus club going around asking about peoples perspective on religion. Do you have a few minutes to talk? Pretend someone 1: No sorry I’m kinda busy. (Obviously not doing anything) Me: Oh. okay have a nice day. (Walks around for 15 more minutes asking people)…

  • Respire

    Planning It Out

    “You are more of a careful planner than a natural improviser.  Agree/Disagree?” Me: “…Agree…I think…?” I decided to take an online Myers-Briggs test a couple weeks ago. To be honest I’ve done these tests multiple times before, but I wanted to do one again just to see if anything changed. Turns out it was the same: ENFJ. In case that doesn’t make sense, ENFJ means that I have tendencies to be More “Extroverted” rather than an “Introverted” More “Intuitive” than I am “Sensing” More prone to “Feeling” rather than “Thinking” and more prone to “Judging” rather than “Perceiving” their situations (kind of confirms that I’m more of a planner than…

  • The Matter

    What Matters

    This post was originally posted on December 6, 2016. It has been edited for the author’s sake and for your’s.. I originally wrote this post to kick off a series called ‘The Fact of the Matter” and labelled it FotM. However, I have stopped that due to the difficulty of the standards that I have set on myself and am helping my friend contribute to this blog with an incredibly ambitious website title. We hope that what we write really does point all things to Christ and that God would use this as a means for you to know Him. “If God gives you truth it is not humble to…

  • Respire

    I Wish It Wasn’t Like This

    I originally wrote this when I was still in high school, towards the end of my senior year, and posted this on my Tumblr page. I haven’t really blogged publicly since, so I thought it was fitting to put this up as my first post as something to look back to and see how I’ve grown. A lot of this still rings true to me today, but some of it doesn’t. The reason I wrote this back in the day was because of the numerous amounts of discussions I would get into with my close non-Christian friends about faith. I think there was an air of frustration that I just…