Top 14 Posts and Quotes from my Tumblr


Top 14 Posts on my Tumblr of 2014

14) The Scary Anxious Pursuit Of “The One”

13) A Conversation With My Non-Christian Mom About Being A Pastor

12) My Most Horrifying Church Experience Ever

11) You’re Doing Better Than You Think

10) 7 Thoughts on Singleness: Is Something Wrong With Me?

9) Why I Read The Endings of Books First

8) When I Slip Away From God

7) If You Feel Far From God Today

6) Anomaly: Atheist Turned Pastor

5) Misquoting Jeremiah 29:11

4) Once I Was Rejected By A Girl and then Plot-Twist

3) Don’t Ever Settle For Less

2) For God So Loved The People You Can’t Stand

1) I Was A College Drop-Out



Top 14 Quotes on my Tumblr of 2014

14) Releasing Crushing Expectations

13) Actually Hearing The Voice of God

12) The Devil’s Biggest Lie

11) Stuck In A Rut: Pace Yourself

10) Some Days I Pray For God To Get Me

9) Your Idea of a Christian

8) Love Will Cost More Than Words

7) When Someone Asks Me About Gay People

6) The Just-Because Love

5) The Difference Between Religion and Relationship

4) Be Passionate Even When No One Else Is

3) God Has Room For Both The Legalist and Lukewarm

2) Navigating The Labyrinth of Insecurity

1) What Real Love Does


God Versus Our Mistakes

nblomblr asked a question:

Is God sovereign over our mistakes?

Hey dear friend, I believe He is. However, I see what you mean by the question.  There’s a double-edge to it, because if “God is in control,” that means we’re not responsible for our actions and we could do what we want. But if God is not in control, then He wouldn’t be God either.

I can’t hope to fully explain the whole thing about sovereignty and our responsibility, because this is a paradox and my 3 lb. brain is allergic to paradoxes.  But I do believe that God is somehow both in control while we’re each responsible for our choices. I don’t know how it reconciles. C.S. Lewis offers a little help when he says,

“Whatever you do, He will make good of it. But not the good He had prepared for you if you had obeyed him.”

I leave a few things to mystery. I hope that’s okay. I know our Enlightenment-conditioned minds are afraid to do this: we all have this wild urge to make narrative sense of our lives because we’re so trained towards Westernized formulas. Growing up as an Easterner, the “mystery” part was never a problem for me. I left some things to the unknowable void of human limitations and bowed down to a universe I could not always understand. This isn’t satisfying, but neither is trying to understand dang near everything. As the priest said in Angels and Demons,

“My mind cannot comprehend … my heart is not worthy.”

But to answer closer to home, I do believe God works with our mistakes.

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My Next Book.


I’m working on my next book, a really tough one about trials and suffering. It’s about how to be mad with God. I’m also going over depression, sexy cancer, second world problems, misquoting verses for inspirational Instagrams, and the theology of True Detective, Louis C.K., and The Shawshank Redemption.

Please throw a prayer whenever you can. Hopefully it’ll be available in the spring, around February or March. Love y’all …!

— J.S.

(If you’d like to be a test-reader, I’ll be announcing it next month. You get a free digital copy in exchange for a little feedback and a consideration to write a review on Amazon.)