What Are You Afraid Of? (book review)

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I’m going to occasionally throw up a brief book review on this blog. I'll be reviewing books that I have interacted with as a pastor, or that have addressed something I'm going through. Or both, which is the case with What Are You Afraid Of? by Dr. David Jeremiah.What Are You Afraid Of? examines ten of the most common fears we face, such as the fear of financial loss or the fear of being alone. The chapter that hit close to home with me—and I’m not entirely comfortable admitting this—is the f … [Read more...]

Does Big Government Make Neighbors Superfluous?

Food stamps verses neighbors

I’d rather have a homemade loaf of bread from my neighbor than a loaf of whole grain Wonder bread from the Government. One type of care has a federal stamp on it. The other has a heart beating within it.We talk about whether we want “big government” or “small government” as if we’re talking about what carpet to put in our living room. But the issue could not be more personal. I realize that government controlled social programs are complex, nuanced issues, but I think we need to look at what … [Read more...]

Does God Have The Power To Change Your Life?

Kim Shin Jo's arrest

“Do you really think God can change my life?”I’m asked that question on a weekly basis. People dealing with addictions. People in failing marriages. People struggling with stale, lifeless careers. Men and women. Old and young. Healthy and unhealthy. People want to know if God truly has the power to change lives. … [Read more...]

Porn, Predators, and Unsafe People

Porn and Unsafe People

“It’s just a little porn…what’s the big deal?”A man asked me that question a while back with a defensive tone of voice. His wife, sitting across the table, had just told me that she had felt “ugly and disgusting” when she'd viewed her husband's internet history that morning.I told this man the story of a pastor from a small town in Iowa. When Stu took his first pulpit, he was young, enthusiastic, and had a personality that matched the shine on his newly framed diploma. For three years he … [Read more...]


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