April 20, 2021

Years ago, when I was in seminary, I came home from class to change clothes for my security job. I walked in looking for my children. I wanted to make sure I kissed everybody goodbye since they would all be asleep when I got home. I looked outside and didn’t see them. My son Cody, aged four at the time, rode up on his bike. I hugged him and asked him, “Where are your sisters?” He shrugged his shoulders. I… Read more

April 17, 2021

As we reconstruct our faith, I believe it is essential to spend some time with authentic fear and understand how it can work against us as we seek to evolve and grow spiritually through reconstruction. Let’s look at two misunderstood verses that deal with fear. Ecclesiastes 12:13 When all has been heard, the conclusion of the matter is this: Fear God and keep His commandments, because this is the whole duty of man. In this verse, the word fear is… Read more

April 16, 2021

Most of us are afraid of something. I have a crippling fear of heights. I think my fear is more of falling from great heights than the height itself. I have no idea when or why this fear manifested. Another fear of mine is losing control. I have a neurotic need to be in control of my faculties and surroundings. It’s regulated now…mostly. Have you ever stopped to think about why you fear certain people, places, or things? Is it… Read more

April 13, 2021

Koinonia is commonly defined as fellowship. This fellowship is with God but more commonly with other believers. In the twenty-first century the word fellowship is associated with spending time with others. You can have a Sunday School fellowship, which is usually a potluck dinner  in someone’s home. There are usually games and lots of laughter. Fellowship could be a night at the bowling alley. Laughter, conversation, maybe a beer and a hot dog, and even a little harmless competition can… Read more

April 11, 2021

What if prayer were like a cosmic ATM card, and you receive this message? A recent conversation with a dear friend left me befuddled. He made a statement that really gave me pause. He said, “Christ’s love is boundless, but not enough to change the human heart.” Not enough? Insufficient? We were talking about the awful posts and comments we are bombarded with in this Information Age. The words spoken between total strangers, hiding behind a screen, paints an ugly… Read more

April 11, 2021

I’m a lower middle class white male. I always have been. When we talk about “privilege,” we are not referring to wealth. The privilege is that I have always been able to cross the street, take a walk, marry a white woman, and vote — all of which I can do without worrying for my life. Ever. Another jewel in my non-racist crown is that I have as many black friends as white — maybe more. I love them all… Read more

April 8, 2021

I was a Pastor for 30 years. Before that, I was very involved in the local ministry of my church. If the doors were open, I was there, ready to serve. Three days from now will be the 38th year of me being a Jesus follower. On April 11, 1983, I acknowledged who Jesus is, and invited him into my sixteen year old heart. What follows is an excerpt from my upcoming book, The Reconstructing of Your Mind, releasing in mid June… Read more

April 6, 2021

I have three pets. There is, Toby, the Hyper-Beagle; there is a bunny, Mr. Snuggles, and a white dove named Angel, who is twenty-four years old. The dog has free reign of the house (as well as of the humans!), but Mr. Snuggles lives in a 10’ by 6’ pen and Angel is in a cage. Angel’s cage is small, but she never complains. For years, she has lived in this small cage with two perches and some toys. Every… Read more

April 2, 2021

In Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan, Admiral Kirk said, how we face death is at least as important as how we face life. Later, he is confronted by his son, David, with the truth that until Spock died, he had never really faced death. I cheated death, he said, and patted myself on my back for my ingenuity. Cheating death was never an option for Jesus. Biologically speaking, the kernel, or wheat berry, is the seed from which… Read more

April 1, 2021

Classic movies are one of my guilty pleasures. Hi, my name’s Todd, and I am a hardcore cinephile. From silent movies of old to Avengers: Endgame, I have seen thousands of films. A few have stood out for me over the years, like Rebel Without A Cause, the movie that put James Dean on the map. After moving to a new town, troublemaking teen Jim Stark (Dean) is supposed to have a clean slate, although being the new kid in… Read more

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