Buried Alive

Buried Alive

BY JON TSCHANZ Lust. Our last deadly sin. The only time it was brought up to me was when I was a teenager and some pastor or youth minister would make sure to tell me not to do it. "Don't lust after women!" It almost always came out of nowhere, every single time. But, they knew they had to say it. Let's admit it. The church doesn't know how to talk about lust. They just tell us to "Don't do it." But, is lust even about sex? I'm not so sure... The ancient desert monastics talked about it. Medieval…Read more
A Glutton For A Story

A Glutton For A Story

BY JON TSCHANZ Jesus was a partier. It's hard to find a passage, chapter or verse that talks about gluttony other than Jesus being accused of it. It's also difficult to find a time in the book of Luke where Jesus isn't going to or leaving a meal. For him, it was a central act of faith. Jesus was a partier. But, rarely do Christians get accused of too much partying like Jesus did. Let that sink in for a second. Then ask, "If Jesus was a glutton, what kind of glutton was…Read more
Reckless Giving

Reckless Giving

BY JON TSCHANZ When I was in high school I got into the habit of spending all of my money on shoes. I had about...let's just say a ton of pairs of Jordans, which isn't a lot compared to sneakerheads like this. But, for me, I was getting greedy with my shoes. I always wanted more and I started to not wear them in fear of them getting dirty. Which, by the way, starts to sound ludicrous when you start to meet people who don't have shoes at all. So a couple of years into college…Read more
Slothful Souls

Slothful Souls

BY JON TSCHANZ Americans are driven. We like to do things, lots of things! We like to be busy, very busy! The same can be said for church life and church culture. We do lots of things. We look very busy. But, here's the thing: We (the Church in America) have and continue to live out a very deadly sin. The American Church is totally slothful. Oh, and by the way, I'm no better. Now before you ask, what I don't mean by sloth is laziness. I'm not saying the Church is lazy or Christians are…Read more
Healing Anger

Healing Anger

BY JON TSCHANZ Jesus could or could not be whipping people in the Bible. Still not quite sure what to do with that. One thing is for sure, though. Jesus was angry. Jesus got angry. Anger is also a deadly sin. No one wants to be that angry dude that everyone talks about. When we do get angry we say things like, "I just lost it" or "How did I even get there?" The truth is we are often at our worst when we are angry. Even much of the bad in the Bible…Read more
Sick With Envy

Sick With Envy

BY JON TSCHANZ "Green with envy." I always thought "green" was about greed and money. You know...dollar bills or Biggie singing "Mo' Money, Mo' Problems" in the background. But that's not what "Green with envy"  means. This phrase goes wayyyy back. Mark Twain talked about it, Willie Shakespeare (Can I call him Willie?) wrote characters based on it and the Medieval Period made this phrase popular. The green means being sick. It's being sick with envy, as if living a life of envy will make you so sick it will kill you! It's…Read more