Shane Pruitt

CP Op-Ed Contributor

Sexual Purity Is Not Only for Teenagers

I was 17 years old my "first time". You know – THE "first time". Ironically, even though I would not become a Christian until I was twenty-one, somehow, I still felt guilty and ashamed every time. Even without the Holy Spirit living inside of me, I still knew I was entering into an area of life that was reserved for someone else.

5 MORE Unbiblical Statements That Christians Believe

About three years ago, I wrote an article titled 9 Unbiblical Statements That Christians Believe, and it really struck a nerve with people. Sadly, the list doesn't stop with just nine of these unbiblical statements. There are many of them that are cultural teachings and spiritual sounding clichés that have snuck into the Church, got baptized, and then joined the ranks of our jargon.

The 7 Deadly Sins of Insecurity

I can tell you from the beginning this is not a "casting judgment" type of article. This is the confession of someone who is on a journey. These "7 deadly sins" are not even what I'm pointing out in others, because I'd be fearful of pointing out specks while I have a plank sticking out of my own eye.

Stop Trying to Get God to Like You

Hopefully, at some point, the power of God's love will overwhelm you to the point that you would never settle for God merely liking you! Strive for more. Don't settle, until you settle in the depths of the Father's love for you.

3 Ways to Respond to Criticism

In life, there are three things that we can't avoid: death, taxes, and criticism. From the suburbs of Texas to the urban areas of New York to the jungles of the Congo to the mountains of Nepal, people are desperately trying to figure out how to respond to criticism.

Straight Outta Context: The 5 Most Misused and Abused Bible Verses

In a previous article that I wrote, titled 9 Unbiblical Statements That Christians Believe, it opened with the following statements: "One of the greatest gifts that God gave mankind was the Holy Bible because the Bible is literally God revealing Himself and communicating Himself to mankind in written word."

7 Heartbreaking Ironies of the American Church

In 1995, Alanis Morissette released her song "Ironic", and it was a huge hit in the United States! The song was nominated for two Grammys, and its video was nominated for six MTV video music awards. Ironically, the song grabbed the attention of many English majors, because the song was more about unfortunate circumstances than irony.

6 Prayer Requests From Your Pastor

What is a pastor? According to Webster's Dictionary, a Pastor is "a spiritual overseer." That means a pastor's job description is to oversee people's spiritual wellbeing; a concept that God cares most about in people, but, often the people care the least about in themselves.

5 Things That I Would Tell My High School Self

Some time ago, I was counseling a married couple and the wife made a humorous statement, "If the 40-year-old me could go back and visit the 18-year-old me; I would want to punch her in the face." My initial thought was, "That's funny." My next thought was, "If time travel was real, would I use it?"

3 Unfair Scenarios for Our Children

It's extremely humbling to think about God using us to give birth, adopt or foster other human beings, while also helping form them into adults. In a sense, God entrusts us with the ability to shape our future through parenting.

7 Myths About Forgiveness

One of the scariest verses in all of Scripture has to be Matthew 6:14–15, where Jesus said, "For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."