February 29, 2024

Pastors with children of their own may be sacrificing them to a false god, without even knowing it.  Read on to see what I mean… One Good Molech Sermon Every pastor has at least one good Molech sermon, vividly describing Canaanite child sacrifice by laying the infant on the red-hot arms of the fiery metal idol.  It’s good for that cringe effect from your congregation that rivets them to their pews and lets you know they’re listening.  It might get... Read more

February 26, 2024

“Sheriff, I’m calling you out!” shouts the black-hatted cowboy, striding through the saloon door. Sounds like social media these days. We’ve all seen the Westerns, our hero marching out to meet the villain at high noon, spurs jangling. Tumbleweeds roll in the background. Harmonica whines as the man in the white hat pulls back his duster, revealing twin pearl-handled iPhones. Fingers twitch inches from his holster. He draws and posts a merciless message. Blowing the smoke away from his screen,... Read more

February 22, 2024

Is religion like the Pit of Despair, sucking life from you? The good news is you’re only mostly dead. And mostly dead is slightly alive. The Princess Bride is one of my favorite movies. In the film, the rogue Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin) asks Miracle Max (Billy Crystal) for a resurrection-cure for his slain friend, Westley (Cary Elwes), Aka Dread Pirate Roberts. Miracle Max : He probably owes you money huh? I’ll ask him. Inigo Montoya : He’s dead. He can’t talk.... Read more

February 18, 2024

In the US, February 19 is Presidents’ Day. How important is it for a President to believe in a Higher Power? History of Presidential Affiliations Since the founding of the United States, every President has at least claimed to be Christian. Here’s a list of the denominational affiliations of the US Presidents, according to the Pew Research Center: Episcopalian George H.W. Bush Gerald Ford Franklin Roosevelt Chester Arthur Franklin Pierce Zachary Taylor John Tyler William Harrison James Monroe James Madison... Read more

February 14, 2024

February 17 is Random Acts of Kindness Day. Here’s what the Bible says about random acts of kindness and seven examples from Scripture. Where Did Random Acts of Kindness Come From? The phrase “random acts of kindness” (abbreviated as RAK) has taken its place in the common language of our culture. But where did it come from? Susan Jeffers writes: According to Wikipedia, the phrase came from writer Anne Herbert, who scribbled it down on a restaurant placemat in 1982.... Read more

February 11, 2024

At the center of every hurricane, there’s a calm, tranquil eye.  At the heart of every troubled soul, there’s a person of peace.  Of course, to get to the eye, you’ve got to weather the storm.  To find the person of peace, you must attend to the restless soul. A System that Failed Him This week, I met a new client for the first time.  As an intensive case manager, I work with folks who are a little too involved... Read more

February 8, 2024

Nobody likes a Jesus juke—except the jokers who juke the juked. “What’s a Jesus Juke?” Read on as I discuss how not to be annoying. In sports, particularly in American football or basketball, a “juke” is a quick, deceptive move made by a player to fake out an opponent. For example, a running back in football might use a juke to quickly change direction and avoid a tackle. A “Jesus juke does the same thing—only nobody sees it as clever... Read more

February 5, 2024

“Our church believes in keeping the pastor humble,” said the deacon, regarding my poverty-level salary. “Humble…or humiliated?” I asked. I was a struggling twenty-two-year-old seminary student, pastoring my first church. My second child was on the way. I drove a broken-down car and rented a creepy, creaky haunted house from the turn of the 20th century. (Think the Michael Myers house from Halloween.) With the meager amount the church paid me, I could barely keep food on the table. We... Read more

February 1, 2024

Groundhog Day dates back to the Pagan celebration of Imbolc, and the Christian observance of Candlemas. Its lessons are still relevant today.   These days when you say, “Groundhog Day,” most people immediately think of the 1993 movie. Only after that do they remember the February 2 holiday featuring a cowardly rodent. Most have forgotten its origins with the Roman Catholic celebration of Candlemas. Even more are ignorant of its origins with the Celtic observance of Imbolc. Each of these iterations... Read more

January 29, 2024

Jesus would have favored drug decriminalization. Yet, we continue to stigmatize and criminalize those who need help instead of handcuffs. Because Jesus believed in offering compassion instead of condemnation, I believe he would advocate for decriminalizing the possession and personal use of drugs. All drugs. Not just weed, which is legal in Washington State where I work as a case manager, dealing with addiction on a daily basis. I’m talking about all drugs. When we criminalize drugs rather than treating addiction... Read more

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