All God's Children Are Perfected Through Suffering

If God saw it fitting that His own beloved Son, the One with whom He is well pleased (Matthew 3:17), be made perfect through suffering (Hebrews 2:10) then why would we who are being conformed to His Son’s image (Romans 8:29), expect to be made perfect through a different means?

Should we not also, like Jesus, expect to be made perfect through suffering?

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As you’ve probably already noticed there is a plethora of new markings on today’s picture.

One problem that I have encountered in trying to grow out a Moderately Legitimate Patch of Facial Hair on My Chinny-Chin-Chin is that while some hairs are proficient enough at increasing their stature, they are even more proficient at practicing the magical art of invisibility. That is, they come in either clear or blond. Hence the yellow oval. Hairs do grow there, but they cannot be seen from any distance greater than seven inches. As I am still an amateur at growing facial hair I was wondering, would it be in the best interest of the community of facial hairs on my chin (ny-chin-chin) to keep the clear and blond hairs (in hope that they will darken eventually) or would it be better to eradicate them for practicing their evil magical arts?

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And just in case you were wondering,that little blob in the lower left of the picture is the noggin of one of my nieces…

Next time, I’ll probably be inquiring for your opinion on what sort of shape (if any) this community of facial hairs should be wrought into. So make sure to check back in three days for the next update!

Why Do People Do Bad Things?

A quick glance at the news will demonstrate that there is no shortage of people who are willing to do bad things.

For example, after watching only a few minutes of yesterday’s evening news I was confronted by multiple stories with headlines like: 2 [teen guys] Accused of Taking $7,000 in Cash at Gunpoint, Man Accused Of Luring Girl Into Home, Raping Her and Prosecutor: Pediatrician Took Photos of Players’ Crotches. It almost seems surprising that so many people would engage themselves in exploits of this sort. What is it that causes people, who are just like you and me, to do these atrocious deeds?

Is it their circumstances that cause them to commit these actions? Perhaps the guys in the first story needed money? Maybe there was some sort of demonic presence influencing the men in the other two stories to indulge in their respective sexual sins? It is reasonable to think that circumstances play a role in causing people to do evil things. But Jesus pinpoints the main cause of such sins – and it is not external.

In Matthew 15:19-20 Jesus says, “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person.”

Why do people do bad things? People do bad things because people are bad. Every person has a corrupt heart, and corrupt hearts love to do bad things. The origin of the desire to do evil does not come from some external force (like one’s circumstances). The desire to do bad things – which leads to the consummation of an evil act –  originates in the human heart (James 1:14-15).

Indeed, the God who sees all has said that every intention of the thoughts of the human heart are only evil continually (Genesis 6:5). Would we not expect those whose hearts are bad to do bad things (Jeremiah 13:23).

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Realizing I looked a little grim in the last picture, I thought I’d try to look more cheerful today.

Alright, it has almost been two weeks. The little budlets on my chin have sprouted enough for me to, with relative ease, pinch a multitude of them between my thumb and pointer finger – I find this to be encouraging. Though I am disappointed that I have not seen (or, felt) a greater sense of community between hairs on my chin.

That is okay though, for I belive that the future will bring with it a deeper and deeper desire to joyfully live in a thriving community to the hairs on my face.

Marrying Early – It's a Good Thing

The cover story of this months Christianity Today was a good article by Mark Regnerus titled The Case for Early Marriage. As pointed out by Albert Mohler, in his article on marrying early, Regnerus’ main assertion is forceful and shocking, yet much needed in a society where a majority of men and women are marrying later and later. Regnerus says,

Evangelicals tend to marry slightly earlier than other Americans, but not by much. Many of them plan to marry in their mid-20s. Yet waiting for sex until then feels far too long to most of them. And I am suggesting that when people wait until their mid-to-late 20s to marry, it is unreasonable to expect them to refrain from sex. It’s battling our Creator’s reproductive designs.

You can read Dr. Regnerus’ article, Dr. Mohler’s article on the subject and listen to Dr. Mohler talk more about this issue in his recent radio program.


I believe I passed my first two major tests with flying colors. In fact, at the picnic more than one family member complimented me on my developing community of facial hairs. And, no one made fun of me at church.

Plus, my facial hairs are now becoming missional! That is, they are striving to be positive influences in their respective contexts. I first noticed this when I felt multiple hairs interacting with each other. They will group together, seeking to mutually encourage one another (though only a little).

Overall, I am very proud that my facial hairs are not only growing as individuals but that they are also showing an interest in the collective health and wellbeing of all the facial hairs on my chinny-chin-chin. In the future, I am excited to find out what other ways maturing facial hairs seek to interact with each other.


I was worried that I might have to use mascara to make today’s update look different than the last one – thankfully I didn’t have to.

I saw my 10 year-old niece two days ago and she asked why I had dirt on my face… I’m not sure if that is a good thing – because it indicates that she did notice a patch of darkness on my face – or a bad thing – because she apparently was not able to see that the patch of darkness was made of hair as opposed to dirt.

Until now I have been pretty much just hanging around the house. With a family picnic today and church tomorrow that will all be changing. I realize that these will be difficult tests – going out into the world with half-baked facial hairs – and that persecution is very probable. Nonetheless, I have counted the cost and I hope to joyfully endure any ridicule that may come my way. In the next update I’ll let you know to what degree of success my facial hairs and I made it through these challenges.