July 2, 2018

There’s plenty of rancor in America today. Left vs. right. Extremes vs.  moderates. So treacherous are the positions and the language, some have predicted a coming Civil War – not between states, but between dogmas. This war won’t be about race or economics or states’ rights. It will be about ideology and power. And it seems that there is no innocent side in this. Conservatives, liberals and socialists all have the hair on the back of their neck up, ready to fight. Thank goodness some have realized the downward spiral and are calling for a stop. Read more

June 29, 2018

Hear this please. Smoking pot won’t send you to hell. But you are missing out on so much more. Jesus said this, “The thief comes to steal, and kill and destroy. But I have come that you may have life have it abundantly.” So there’s the choice. And with great love, it’s offered freely to you. Read more

June 26, 2018

I understand the need to find God’s will. But too many of us are sitting back and wasting our lives waiting. Take what you know what to do and do it. The rest will work itself out. Read more

June 17, 2018

I always get just a little uncomfortable when a politician uses a Bible verse to justify a policy position. The Bible is truth, but to take it and try to wrap political policy around it should be done carefully, very carefully. Both sides do it — and both sides should stop it. Read more

June 7, 2018

Identity politics is the game people play to pander to classes of people. But for the Christian, we have but one identity. And we better stick to it. When we are tempted to be categorized, we need to turn our backs on the modern game of choosing sides. And when the culture presses because we won’t engage, we’ll double down. “I’m with Him.” That’s our identity. That’s all we’ll ever need. Read more

June 4, 2018

If you are a photographer, you should be able to pick your subjects. If you are a writer, you should be able to write about your interests. If you are a florist, you should be able to name your specialty, all without having the “hate” and “intolerant” title thrown your way. Read more

May 29, 2018

For the unchurched, Westboro displays the worst in bigotry. And it’s assumed they represent Christianity at large. For Christians, Westboro presents a twisted gospel. They aren’t driven to encourage repentance through any sort of a loving God, a Savior converting the hard heart. Instead, they preach the wrath of the Almighty, contorted to scare the masses. Is there hypocrisy in the church? You bet. But I’m not sure this is the right way to do it. Read more

May 21, 2018

These lone wolves, inspired by little else than movies, or news stories or video games, never tell a soul of their murderous intents. There is no one to confide in, no one to trust, no one who can separate out the crazy from the normal. Read more

May 15, 2018

It’s a tradition to have an invocation. But maybe it’s a vain tradition. Maybe it’s the kind of empty religious ritual that Jesus condemned. The invocations these days are rarely heartfelt. They are often written out, scripted to appeal to everyone and impress no one. With great flourish, the invokers often sound like the Pharisee, calling attention to a god of love and hope and joy, but rarely the God of the Bible. They are supposed to cause us to think about Divinity, to order our human business around his will. But too often, they are showcases for mediocrity and in today’s culture, invitations for mockery of God. So maybe we shouldn’t be fighting for invocations so hard. Read more

May 8, 2018

Preaching the gospel, sharing the truth, and trying to tell my friends that Jesus is the answer is hard enough. Asking people to give up their burdens and their shackles is often stopped when simple hypocrisy from a prominent leader is dangled from the tree for easy pickings. Read more

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