The Power of the Holy Spirit in Evangelism

The Power of the Holy Spirit in Evangelism May 25, 2017 Year A Acts 1:1-11 Jesus gave orders through the Holy Spirit to His disciples (Acts 1:2). “until the day He was taken up, after He had given orders through the Holy Spirit to the apostles He had chosen.” (Acts 1:2, HCSB) What were those [Read More…]

John 14:15-31 The Holy Spirit and Me

John 14:15-31 The Holy Spirit and Me As a person, we all have roles we fulfill when we are in relationship with other people. To some I am a son. With my wife, I am a husband, to four girls, I am a father. To my church, I am a pastor. With some people, I [Read More…]

God’s Bow in the Sky

God sets a weapon (His bow) in the sky like a modern hunter would set his bow back on the rack after the hunt. [Read more…]

President Trump’s Most Difficult Week

President Trump’s Most Difficult Week President Trump is having his most difficult week as he leaves for the Middle East. So this week, I wanted to share what many people around Patheos have said on the issue. I share this list of links for your further exploration. While I may not agree with everything stated [Read More…]

Psalm 78:1-8 Parenting with Purpose

Psalm 78:1-8 Parenting with Purpose A young man said to the psychiatrist, “I had a strange dream last night. I dreamed you were my mother. I woke up and couldn’t understand it. Why should I dream you were my mother?” The psychiatrist said, “Well, what did you do after having the dream?” “I had this [Read More…]

Sex, God, and the Conservative Church by Dr. Tina Schermer Sellers, PhD

Sex, God, and the Conservative Church by Dr. Tina Schermer Sellers, PhD In Chapter One, Sellers critiques the Evangelical church and its conservative approach to sexuality. She describes how purity rings, and abstinence campaigns help to develop a culture of sexual shame. She uses a simple illustration to describe this approach (73): “‘Imagine for a [Read More…]

Enduring Pain in Light of Eternity

Enduring Pain in Light of Eternity May 15, 2017 Year A Psalm 102:1-17 My earthly pain is nothing compared to the eternal glory of God. The psalmist here shares a prayer that expresses his pain to God. He complains about his pain in a lament – a type of psalm where the writer expresses his [Read More…]

5 Cries to God for My Protection

5 Cries to God for My Protection May 11, 2017 Year A Psalm 31:1-5 In the movies, Superman is not just an American hero. He is Lois Lane’s protector. In the original movie Superman, he comes to the rescue of Lois Lane. In Superman II, Superman turns back time to save Lois even after she [Read More…]

The Great Responsibility for the Regathering of God’s People

The Great Responsibility for the Regathering of God’s People May 10, 2017 Jeremiah 23:1-8 God is regathering His people. He is bringing together His flock. As Romans 9-11 shows, the time of the Gentiles is the period when God will gather His flock from the world outside of Israel. It is the reason that Jesus [Read More…]

7 Better Things in Life

7 Better Things in Life May 10, 2017 Ecclesiastes 7:1-14 Solomon pauses in this chapter, which begins the second half of the book. Here, Solomon seems to reflect on the wisdom he has shared in the previous six chapters. As a result, he reflects on his experience and shares seven better things. 1. Honor is [Read More…]