Chad Bird

Jesus Is Not a Life Coach

BY CHAD BIRD

People say only two things in life are certain: death and taxes. But there are other certainties. Like the daily rising and setting of the sun. And like the fact that life itself has its risings and settings as well. We all have times when the sun of hope rises. We are swimming in light.

Jesus Is Not a Life Coach

The Gospel According To Noah

BY CHAD BIRD

Many children’s Bible Story books put it this way: “People everywhere were bad, but Noah was good.” But Noah was “good” not because he wasn’t “bad,” but because he believed in the good One whom his father had mistaken him for—the promised seed.

The Gospel According To Noah

The Christian Polytheist

BY CHAD BIRD

God doesn’t believe in atheists. As they reject his existence, so he rejects their rejection. They may not believe in the true God, but they do fear, love, and trust in Some Thing. And that Some Thing is the deity enthroned within their hearts. All atheists are closet theists.

The Christian Polytheist

What's An Anchor Doing In The Holy Of Holies?

BY CHAD BIRD

Some of the last words our Lord spoke were addressed to a man who stood on the precipice of eternity. “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” It was no time to blabber some sentimental nonsense. No occasion for chitchat. The words to a dying man must be words pregnant with life.

What's An Anchor Doing In The Holy Of Holies?

The God Who Bottles Our Tears

BY CHAD BIRD

One of my jobs in high school was helping local ranchers work cattle. We’d vaccinate, cut off horns, castrate, mark their ears, and brand them. It’s hard, dirty work. By the end of the day, my hat had been sprayed with blood, my shirt smeared with snot, my boots soiled with manure and urine.

The God Who Bottles Our Tears

How Long, O Lord? Climbing 109 Mountains

BY CHAD BIRD

I finally climbed all 109 mountains. My journey began out of desperation, fueled by anger, fear, resentment. I didn't how long it would take, nor the toll it would take from me. I simply climbed, some days only an inch, other days a few feet. And sometimes I plummeted backwards.

How Long, O Lord? Climbing 109 Mountains

God Writes Straight With Crooked Lines

BY CHAD BIRD

If I were granted three wishes, one of them would not be to know what the future holds. I have enough trouble wrestling with today’s demons. I don’t want to know what crosses I’ll have to lug around tomorrow. As the wise Rabbi said, “Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” And some days are so sufficiently evil that tomorrow looms like the open jaws of hell.

God Writes Straight With Crooked Lines

What if God Were a Slob Like One of Us?

BY CHAD BIRD

Mary snapped a pic of Jesus in the manger, chose the Clarendon filter, and posted it to her Instagram account. Two hours later, it had 24 likes. Three of her friends had commented, “He’s so adorable!” Two said, “OMG, how cute!” And one gushed, “The most beautiful baby ever!” But they were all lying.

What if God Were a Slob Like One of Us?

I'm Not Chad Bird

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

I think we can all agree that there is not a more popular writer on Christ Hold Fast than Chad Bird. Let’s face it, He paints pictures with his words that some of us on here can only dream of doing, and he’s got the credentials to back those pictures up. To be sure, he’s probably one of the most learned writers here…

I'm Not Chad Bird

Why Do Good Things Happen to Bad People?

BY CHAD BIRD

We tell our children if they work hard and play by the rules, they’ll succeed in life. Jerks, cheaters, and thieves won’t. They’ll end up in the gutter. Or jail. Or worse. But if you keep your hands out of the cookie jar, your zipper up, and do your best to walk the straight and narrow, you’ll be okay.

Why Do Good Things Happen to Bad People?

Whose Bones are Buried Beneath the Cross?

BY CHAD BIRD

Let’s take a walk together. And as we do, I’ll tell you a mystery. We’re heading to a cemetery; I hope you don’t mind. It’s of a different variety, this cemetery, for it consists of a single grave. But a vast grave it is. It had to be. See it there?

Whose Bones are Buried Beneath the Cross?

Satan’s Two Favorite Lies

BY CHAD BIRD

Jesus cuts right to the chase when it comes to the evil one. He calls the devil “a liar and the father of lies,” (John 8:44). And the father of lies has his pet anti-truths. These lies, repeated often enough, can slowly drown out the promises of God.

Satan’s Two Favorite Lies

What Have You Done for God Lately? Too Much.

BY CHAD BIRD

If I were the devil, I wouldn’t just entice believers to do bad things. We’re experts at that anyway. I’d strongly encourage them to do more for God. Just a gentle nudge in that direction. And before you know it, some of them would be so hog-wild about doing stuff for Jesus…

  What Have You Done for God Lately? Too Much.

When God Disappoints

BY CHAD BIRD

In the tiny Bible-belt town where I grew up, tragedy brought people together. Friends, neighbors, and even complete strangers would go the extra mile for a family in need. House fire? They'd hold a community fundraiser. Funeral? Enough casseroles would pile up in the kitchen to feed an army.

When God Disappoints

How to Make Grace Unamazing

BY CHAD BIRD

Amazing grace is a sweet sound not just because it saved a wretch like me, but because it saved a whole wretched world like me. God did not enter into a contract with us. He simply said, “You’re justified. You’re forgiven. I love you. All is complete.”

How to Make Grace Unamazing

“Christianity Isn’t for Everyone”

BY CHAD BIRD

Let's face it, Christianity is not for everyone. If you've made such huge strides in holiness that you deem grace a crutch for those still handicapped by sin, if you detect the faint applause of angels clapping their wings at your obedience, if you've led such an exemplary life that you've landed a spot on heaven's honor roll, then you’ll feel like you’re slumming in Christianity.

“Christianity Isn’t for Everyone”

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Lies

BY CHAD BIRD

Her snapshots are images of an actor on the world's stage. She plays the part expected of her by the audience. She conforms to social norms. She smiles her way through pain, to despair, into the grave. Her pictures are not worth a thousand words. They tell a thousand lies.

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Lies

Ill-Conceived: Pinpointing When Our Lives Went Wrong

BY CHAD BIRD

The little psychologist within us is often hard at work to pinpoint the origin of life’s problems. During marital strife, we sift through everything from sexual proclivities to spending habits to discover the source of our discontent. When raising a rebellious child, we replay every episode in his upbringing to determine where things may have gone awry.

Ill-Conceived: Pinpointing When Our Lives Went Wrong

The Unexpected Narrative of God

BY CHAD BIRD

Dual narratives are unfolding in our lives at every moment. There’s the story we’re writing, and the one penned by the Spirit. A great deal of overlap exists between these two narratives, but there’s plenty of divergence as well. The story we’re writing goes something like this...

The Unexpected Narrative of God

Every Sunday, a Mini Advent

BY KYLE G JONES

We practice walking backward into the future every December despite using forward-facing language. The evidence hangs on our Christmas trees. Twenty-year-old childhood crafts, hand-me-downs from generations past, gifts to mark special occasions.

Every Sunday, a Mini Advent

Jesus’ Blue Collar Outfit for the End of the World

BY CHAD BIRD

When I was a kid, punchdrunk in church by all the legalistic blows to my head, I stumbled into a warped state of mind about what’s going to happen when Jesus crashes the world’s party at the end of time. He would squeeze all humanity into this colossal theatre in the sky. And one by one, movies of our lives would be shown on the screen. Unedited.

Jesus’ Blue Collar Outfit for the End of the World