Can you imagine if your obituary said this: “She abandoned her children…and will now face judgment…She will not be missed…this world is a better place without her” (1)? Shocking its readers, this exact wording actually appeared recently in a newspaper. The woman’s son explained the obituary saying, “We wanted to finally get the last word” (2). Most of us, if honest, have thought such things about someone. But, to put them into print by paying for an obituary to speak against one’s… Read more

The couple sat in my office and told me they were having marital problems. I asked them to be honest about what they wanted for their future. The wife said she wanted to be close with Jesus and her husband, and looked forward to becoming a mother. The husband said he did not want Jesus or his wife, and looked forward to getting divorced and moving in with his girlfriend. The wife burst out in tears. I was stunned. The… Read more

The cycle seems to never get old. Some Christian supposedly says or does something that someone somewhere finds scandalous. Whether or not the report is accurate, we rarely know and don’t really care. Why? There is no time for truth when the world wide web of weird commences the now daily sacrament of rotten tomato flinging. Immediately, a mob also begins their sprint to the hardware store for ceremonial pitchforks, torches, and enough spray paint to spell “hypocrite” in letters… Read more

Many Christians are in an uncomfortable position discerning how to live in this post-Christendom and pre-Kingdom world. One error is thinking everything is political. Read more

People outside the church are frustrated when people inside the church fail to see that there should be a clear division between the two. They feel that Christians are out of line when they treat the culture around them as if it were their church. Honestly, as a Bible-teaching pastor I agree to some degree. Some Christians are wrong in how they understand the relationship between church and society. Read more

If you want to have painful conversations that ruin your relationships, perhaps a good place to start is with politics. Read more

Christianity is about love that changes people. We should in love accept people wherever they are at. We should in love invite all people, starting with ourselves, to turn from sin and turn to God. If at any point God’s people fail to echo God by turning from their own sin and lovingly inviting others to do the same, then we are in fact simply no longer living as Christians. Read more

I have been a Senior Pastor for roughly twenty years. And while my neighbors have always been quick to throw off what they consider outmoded values, the pace of social change has picked up. In recent years, we have seen same-sex marriage legalized, recreational marijuana decriminalized, and physician-assisted suicide approved. Read more

Being a Christian today is a lot like being a kid and someone calls you a name. You just feel ashamed and put your head down and walk away. Read more

While the Bible says nothing about God being tolerant, it speaks often about God and his people being patient, loving, and forbearing. God tolerates us—as he seeks to change us—because he loves us. Read more

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