November 29, 2021

If one were to do a Google Image search for George Washington, a number of different pictures will pop up. Since he  lived in a time before photography, all we have are paintings and sculptures by various artists, each one representing him in a slightly different way. Image via Pixabay Were you to actually go and do the search, you’ll notice that, even though they are varied, the various images all pretty much capture the same nose, the same brow,… Read more

November 11, 2021

I heard a preacher once who talked about how much he hated green olives, and so sometimes when he would go to his favourite pizza place, he would order green olives on his pizza and force himself to eat them. Image via Pixabay He also talked about sometimes seeing that a movie was coming out, something that he really wanted to see and had been waiting for, and how he would deliberately choose to not go see it. He used… Read more

November 8, 2021

I know it’s a risk to start off a post with controversy, as it means that some readers might get turned off right away, but I feel compelled to make the following statement all the same: I’m not so sure that everything about the Internet is a good thing. Image via Pixabay Please, people, please – put your pitchforks and torches down! I know it sounds crazy! But hear me out! The Internet has brought wonderful blessings of connectivity, convenience,… Read more

November 4, 2021

People are great, except when they are the worst. Image via Pixabay   As much as we do our best, it seems that whenever our lives bump up against other humans, there is bound to be some messiness. Loving others is far from an easy task. It calls us to sacrifice and it calls us to put them first and it calls us to jump into other people’s messes. It’s so much easier to avoid it all. But, as is… Read more

November 1, 2021

The truth is that I love and revere the Bible as God’s holy Word, and yet, if I’m honest, I also have concerns that we may be overdoing it. Image via Pixabay   Now, if it sounds crazy to suggest that one might “overdo” the Word of God, which is called food and life for the believer (e.g. Dt 8.3; Jn 6.33; etc.), than I get it – it does sound a little weird, especially from a pastor and Bible… Read more

October 28, 2021

Recently the “check engine” light lit up on my car dashboard. My automobile knowledge is essentially zero, and so I abided by my standard initial response of, “Keep driving for a while and see if the problem goes away all by itself!” Sometimes this works.  This time it didn’t. Image via Pixabay I took the car to my trusted mechanics Wes and Leah, a couple who have a garage in town and who not only look after my car, but… Read more

October 25, 2021

Whatever the Christ-follower’s conception of Heaven is, it typically includes the idea that Heaven is “somewhere else” – it’s the place we go when we die, it’s where God lives, it exists in another realm, it is a world beyond our physical world, etc. Image via Pixabay   These thoughts are not wrong. But, at the same time, these thoughts are just plain wrong. Now, to be fair, it’s not so much that they are wrong, they are just woefully… Read more

October 21, 2021

When we feel that we have been wronged, it’s a tough sell to ask someone to respond with blessing. And yet, that is exactly what Jesus teaches us to do. Image via Pixabay The teaching comes from the Sermon on the Mount. It is set within a larger passage about foregoing vengeance, and it leads right into Jesus’ famous teaching on enemy-love, which we will come back to. In that context, Jesus speaks a simple yet powerful and challenging sentence:… Read more

October 18, 2021

When Church and State partner up, they often produce really ugly offspring. Image via Pixabay Depending on what kind of Christ-follower you are (or if you are one at all), the views on the partnership between Church and State can vary wildly. I grew up in the Pentecostal church, and there was very much a belief amongst many (not all) in the Pentecostal/Charismatic wing of Christianity that our job was to “take back” the government, to get believers elected, and… Read more

October 14, 2021

I have flown first-class exactly one time in my life, and at the risk of exaggerating, I do need to say – it was the place where all of my hopes and dreams came true. Image via Pixabay Years ago, when my wife and I were flying back from our honeymoon, we had a layover where we needed to switch planes. The first leg of the trip home had been rocky, with cramped seating, long delays, obnoxious seatmates (the other… Read more

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