Drones and Rand Paul’s Filibuster: A Lesson from Exodus

The Biblical book of Exodus may not be the first place you'd think to find wisdom for harnessing modern technology, but I think Rand Paul's filibuster over drone use finds some support there.This week, Senator Rand Paul (KY-R) initiated a talking filibuster -- a rare event in these days of virtual filibusters -- to protest what he sees as the Obama Administration's lack of a transparent policy regarding when drones may be used to kill American citizens without due process of law as … [Read more...]

How to Focus on God Each and Every Morning

At a recent Bible study I attended, one man shared that he really struggled to get focused on God on Saturday mornings when his family schedule is so different that day. As a father of six, I could relate to that. Maybe you can, too.But Saturday isn't the only day it can be tough. Each and every morning brings its own challenges. As Jesus said, "Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." (Matthew 6:34) So how can you quickly and easily get your heart where it needs to be before work and … [Read more...]

5 Questions to Know God’s Will for Your Life

Don't you wish you were one of the chosen?You know, the ones who always seem to know God's will in life. They get a vision, a word of wisdom, an open door, an invoice -- something magical that let's them know God's will for their life -- and for yours.Kind of makes you want to just roll the dice to reveal your number -- anything to give clarity.But if you're like me, a long-time Christ-follower who has counseled thousands, you've stumbled around and stubbed a few toes trying to … [Read more...]

Will the Hobbit Inspire Your Own Unexpected Journey?

I confess it. I think I may be the only person left who has not seen Peter Jackson's latest rendition of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic tale The Hobbit.Usually I would be among the first at the theater. I made the midnight showing for The Return of the King -- the sound cutting out during the scenes in Mount Doom made it especially memorable. I've watched the DVD versions of The Lord of the Rings countless times with my children.I've read Tolkien's Middle Earth saga multiple times, even reading it … [Read more...]

What Star Wars Can Teach Us about the Fiscal Cliff Fiasco

I know. We've just about had it with the whole fiscal cliff fiasco. Maybe that's why most of us want the words "fiscal cliff" banned from the English language. We should be frustrated with our national leaders. In the words of my own Congressman LaTourette: "This is disgusting, and everybody involved should be embarrassed," said Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio), marching glumly from a GOP conference meeting in the House Monday evening. "It's not even small ball -- it's a pingpong ball," he said of … [Read more...]

Election 2012: 5 Things I Don’t Understand about Christians Who Voted for Obama

"God is in control." Well, duh.I've heard this refrain reminding of God's sovereignty countless times now since Election 2012 as a mantra to console evangelical Christians and religious conservatives bemoaning the recent win by Barack Obama. Contrary to what some seem to have concluded from my posts "It's the End of America as We Know It"  or "We Are All Victims Now, Mr. President," I have never doubted for a moment that God was, is, and will always be in control.But Scripture also de … [Read more...]

Presidential Failure, My Kingdom Journey to Serve in Guam

When I answered the call to train leaders in Guam this coming week, I didn't notice the proximity to the election. I've been occupied the last few days preparing to serve ministry leaders in Guam. I'm flying there tomorrow so posting will likely be thin leading up to the election.Some will applaud my absence, no doubt, as evidence continues to surface that the President is likely the one who refused to send in help to our heroic Americans on the ground. The 3 AM phone call came. Obama voted "p … [Read more...]

Don’t Expect Much from Third Presidential Debate Unless…

Even though I suggest you watch the third Presidential Debate -- hopefully the sit-down format won't revive the incessant smiling and interrupting of the last such format -- I really don't expect much to emerge that will change anything at this point in the race.Romney knows foreign policy much better than most give him credit for. Having followed him closely for the last six years and read his book No Apology -- which he wrote himself -- I am confident he'll be able to easily convince the … [Read more...]