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

March 29, 2021

The scientific word for point-of-view is cognition. Your cognition takes many years to develop. It is the sum-total of all you have learned, everything you believe, and all your individual experiences. My cognition, or point-of-view could be completely opposite from yours regarding, well…anything. Therein lies the conundrum: We are who and what we are, and we are unwilling to change. What we know is all we need to know. Instead of remaining polarized by our differences, we should embrace and… Read more

March 25, 2021

Evangelism has outlived its usefulness. I will say it again. Evangelism has outlived its usefulness. When I say evangelism, I am talking about the sales pitch. Maybe you’ve heard it before. You have a problem. You are a sinner from birth. You are separated from God and his love. You are going to go to hell when you die if you don’t repent. There is a solution. Jesus died on the cross so you could be forgiven of your sins… Read more

March 24, 2021

You’ve seen them, haven’t you? Early in the morning, late at night, or when there is just nothing else worth watching on TV, they are there. I’m talking about TV preachers.  These men and women with perfect hair, perfect teeth, and perfect clothes, spend their thirty minutes asking you to help them stay on the air. They do this by offering you some book, message series, or ridiculous item like Jim Bakker’s, “Rapture Survival Kit.” Benny Hinn might have offered… Read more

March 23, 2021

In my last piece I examined the whole mega-church mentality that seems to saturate what is Americanized Christendom, or what I like to call, “Churchianity.” I would now like to offer what I believe are mindsets which have rendered the Church ineffective and even unimportant by our generation.  I am drawing from my own personal ministry experiences, and though I wouldn’t consider myself an expert, I am most definitely a seasoned and wounded participant. I left the ministry for personal… Read more

March 22, 2021

For the better part of 30 years, I served in the ministry.  For 20 of those 30 years, I was a Pastor. Before I became a Pastor, I chose to pursue my college education in Bible and Religion in a Baptist College here in the Bible belt. While I was a student, I noticed several things that gave me pause. First, every guest speaker that spoke in our Chapel services were pastors of what we call, “Mega-Churches,” that is churches… Read more

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