Jeremy Jernigan Posts

The Heart of Every Conflict

Such side taking is a very human thing to do. It allows us to pretend that the problem is the other and to avoid facing the truth dwelling somewhere near the heart of every conflict: that under every balance of injustice, humanity itself is the problem. And this is the reason that so few of us, despite our words to the contrary, actually want to save the world. We usually just want our side, whatever it may be, to win.

Tyler Wigg-Stevenson
5 Reasons I Disliked Noah (And They’re Not What You Think)

5 Reasons I Disliked Noah (And They’re Not What You Think)

It doesn’t take long to feel overwhelmed by all of the talk about a semi-Christian movie like Noah. This one is especially ripe for controversy with an atheist director. Like my friend Jason argues, I have no issue with the film from a Christian point of view. Is it Biblically accurate? Mostly. But people watch this to be entertained, not to learn inspired theology. If you’re looking for theology read the Bible. I disliked the movie Noah because of the movie itself, not any connection or lack thereof to the Bible.

Here are five reasons why (without spoilers):

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Thorns of Truth

Seeing the truth demands seeing past the crowd.

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” Mark Twain

“It takes nothing to join the crowd. It takes everything to stand alone.” Hans F. Hansen

“Truths and roses have thorns about them.” Henry David Thoreau

Top 20 Quotes from Catalyst West 2014

Top 20 Quotes from Catalyst West 2014

I had the opportunity to experience another great Catalyst event. This time it was Catalyst West Coast with some of the Creative Arts team from Central. This year marked the first time my friend Tyler Reagin was fully at the helm as well as the first time (that I’m aware of at least) that Andy Stanley was not a speaker. It was another great year of discovering new speakers, encouragement from new experiences and ideas, and going deeper in the friendships with the rest of the team.

Here are my twenty favorite quotes from the event (or at least my best effort to capture what they said). Click here to see other posts I’ve done featuring my top 20 quotes.

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The Allure of the Easy Win

The Allure of the Easy Win

The tension between career and family burdens anyone who has them both. How do you know how many hours and effort to give to each one? Should they get equal time and attention or is there some other magic formula? In my own life and in mentoring other guys, I’ve learned a scary but important lesson: it’s far easier to succeed at work than it is to succeed at home. In fact, this is true for most people who go to “work” somewhere each day.

That’s because my job has clearly measurable outcomes. The decisions I make either result in success or something less than. I get performance reviews and have the potential to get a raise at the end of a good year. I’m constantly receiving feedback and adjusting accordingly. More than anything, I’ve figured out how to make it work. That doesn’t mean it always works as I’d like, but I’m pretty clear on what it would take if I’m willing and able to do it. This is an easy win.

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The God Beyond Our Grasp

Faith requires trusting Jesus through uncertainty.

Pride demands answers. Humility allows for uncertainty. Faith is the difference.