You Don’t Have to Be a Christian to Cause Trouble

We've all heard the incessant reminders that Christians should be champions at turning the other cheek, perfecting the art of being meek and quiet, and living at peace with everyone.Yet the early church of Acts quickly learned what we would do well to remember today. You don't have to be a Christian to cause trouble -- but it sure helps.That's not to say we should make it our aim to stir up strife. I've know a few believers who seemed to think it their duty to do just that.My reading of … [Read more...]

Why All Christians Should Care About Politics

I'm sure you've heard it.It's a common dismissive comment among Christians. Maybe even one you've made yourself."I'm just not all that in to politics."The comment about Christians and politics is usually accompanied by a shrug, a sympathetic smile, and a dismissive wave. "It's just not my thing."As if I'll understand. As if I'll get it. As if I will be fine with their choosing to ignore the call of Christ to love their neighbor as themselves.I know, we all have different passions t … [Read more...]

The Question: What Are You Going to Be When You Grow Up?

"What are you going to be when you grow up?"When my children are asked this question -- and they often are -- I have taught them that they do NOT have to answer.Am I rude? I don't think so.I think it's the question itself that's out of place.Think about it. How do kids usually answer this question?  I think I used to pick chemist as my acceptable answer. My College Algebra teacher's laughing hysterically right now. At least now he knows I'm awake.Most children answer by conjuring up a … [Read more...]

Disney Celebrates Adoption: Review of The Odd Life of Timothy Green

A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine for parents go down in the new film The Odd Life of Timothy Green in theaters nationwide Friday, August 17.  Yes, it’s predictable. Yes, it’s sweet and a little sappy. But it also celebrates adoption as it calls us – with typical Disney magic -- to love and be loved.Yes, there’s magic. Think Mary Poppins meets Field of Dreams. It’s a Disney movie in the vein of The Kid and The Rookie that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality – it is Disney, after … [Read more...]

Tyler Braun’s Why Holiness Matters: A Gen X Review

It is a rare thing these days to find a Millennial writer who enjoys delving into deep doctrines such as sanctification, propitiation, redemption, or the holiness of God. Yet that is exactly what Tyler Braun does in his new book Why Holiness Matters: We've Lost our Way--But We Can Find it Again just released from Moody Publishers.Tyler Braun unites a writer’s talent, a theologian’s  careful intellect, and a pastoral heart to tackle the issue of God’s holiness and what it means for our daily liv … [Read more...]

Separation of Church and State — At a Water Park? Really?

You want to swim?Sorry. You're going to have to pay more.All you church people who want to swim with your church youth groups in Willow Springs Water Park in Little Rock, Arkansas, are going to have to pay more thanks to complaints from a non-profit that serves children but is not a church. Eager not to miss an opportunity to evangelize, an humanistic group has also jumped in with both feet, seeking to impress their secular faith upon the private business owner.You can read the entire … [Read more...]

Why Paul Ryan as VP? You Win with an Energized Base

I don't claim to be a political expert, although I've followed politics ever since I could remember. I recall tracking Reagan's win in 1980 when I was but a wee lad. I most enjoy thinking about the human behaviors and leadership patterns behind political decisions. Of course, I'm the guy who watches sports mostly to see the leadership dynamics of the team. Sorry. Can't help it.When I saw that Mitt Romney had chosen Paul Ryan as his VP pick, I had one thought: You win with an energized base. So … [Read more...]

Why I’ll Never Stop Singing In Your Church

You read that right. I'll never stop singing in your church. Never.I know. Shocker. I'm the guy who wrote Why I've Stopped Singing in Your Church not long ago and stepped unwittingly into what some have called "worship wars."Not my intention. If that's how you look at it, consider this a white flag.I was just voicing frustrations that had been brewing for the last decade or so. It seems as if there are a lot of others who've felt the same way. You might have been one of them. But … [Read more...]


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