Today was an extraordinary day for me. It began at early church service where I thoroughly enjoyed the worship portion. Then one of my favorite speakers delivered a really good sermon. It was a solid word delivered with clarity, humor and, best of all, straight from the Bible. After church, I spent some time praying … Continue reading An Experience With God, or, just emotions
I’ve tried to remain relatively silent about the upcoming elections. Like most everyone else, I am dumbfounded at the options that the American political process has placed in front of us. Without commenting on any of the candidates or parties that are engaged in the contest for the presidency, I am choosing to communicate my … Continue reading A Political Statement
There is a question that I have been struggling with for a long time, and maybe someone can impart some wisdom to me on the subject. Brace yourself, because it’s one of those big, hairy questions. What is our purpose? Why are we here? Now I know there are some people who can speak … Continue reading The Purpose of Man?
I wonder if we [the church] have fallen into the trap of making salvation too easy. Is it possible that in the rush to fill pews [and perhaps offering baskets] we have lowered the bar for becoming a Christian to a dangerous level? Is it possible that we have begun to preach an easy form … Continue reading Easy Salvation?
Recently, I heard someone say to a group of Christian men that we should all be “priests of our homes”. I wasn’t sure what they meant by that, but I involuntarily shuttered at the thought. The first thing that came to mind was the story I heard preached about the ritual of the Jewish high … Continue reading I think I Want to be a Priest?
Things in the world are bad and they seem to be getting worse every day. In my hometown, Gary, Indiana, they arrested a guy for killing a lady and he confessed to killing several more people. People in Chicago are probably secretly relieved that this has overshadowed all the news about shootings in the Windy … Continue reading The First Step
Things in the world are bad, and thoughtful people often ask why. We look at certain communities and ask why conditions are so dire. Why so much violence and killing? Why such poverty? What can be done about it? The issues are complex. It seems obvious that poverty plays a major part in the problem. … Continue reading The Source of Our Problems
I try not to watch the (bad) news on television at night. In the morning, once I’ve seen the weather and traffic reports, I used to switch the TV channel to ESPN to watch Sportscenter. But now, thanks to dumb athletes, that’s no longer safe. Social media (I’m a Facebook guy) is a cesspool of … Continue reading Overcoming Evil
I've been a member of 6 churches in my 22 years of Christian life. I'm not necessarily proud of that, but it's a fact. In these 6 churches, I've served in a variety of capacities, mostly leadership, but never as the guy with my name on the sign. In each case I was looking for … Continue reading Confession of a Church Hopper
It has been commonplace to hear a lot of whining from men on Father’s Day about it being a second-class holiday. We compare it to the extravagant appreciation that’s doled out on Mother’s Day. On Mother’s Day there are cards given to everyone who has ever patted a kid on the head. Any woman who … Continue reading “I ain’t your mama!!”