On Children and Borders

People have the right idea about where the justice is off kilter in this problem. When Jeff sessions told us that Christians should listen to government decisions because of Romans 13, it did rustle some feathers. But many have already rebuked the man. It is the overall continuous rebuking on all sides that interests me….

Filthily Rich and an Airplane

Is this the American sin? Are we rich towards God, or simply just rich? Are our ministries more interested in purchasing, yet another airplane, or are we being led by the Lord? Now God isn’t against airplanes per-se, but it certainly makes us raise an eyebrow when we hear such stories. To be fair, Jesse…

The Laws of Men and Cake

When the founding father’s looked at the laws of the Bible and recognized that it created a safe society for growth and exploration. It supported the family, who are literally the building blocks of society. It taught men to respect the rule of law. To lead a people who governed themselves. They saw something great,…

An Ode to Suffering

The truth is we all suffer. Suffering is a large part of life. As the Dread Pirate Roberts told Princess Buttercup. “Life is pain highness, anyone who says differently is selling something.” (Princess Bride 1987). I sometimes lament at how often Christian music is so victim sounding–everything is terrible, everything is wrong, I almost gave up–but…

R & R

These typically refer to rest and relaxation but neither of these are helpful for my points. I am taking these to mean something different, something that is essential to being a Christian. I am talking about righteousness and relationship. Now we know that before coming to Christ that neither of these are present in the…

A Paradigm of Preaching

Why do pastors just stand up front and talk at us? Don’t they understand lectures are boring? Often we wonder where the all the gifts and power of God are. We might ask why doesn’t our witness have these obvious powerful events that simply draw audiences? Wouldn’t more people fall on their faces and repent…

Transactional or Transformational?

I have considered Hank Hanegraffe a hero of mine for a while. As a kid listening to the radio, he really impressed upon me the need for apologetics. But as it happens I kinda fell off the Bible answer man wagon for many years, mostly because of the then media restrictions of listening. Why would…

Playing the Hypocrite

No one is asking me, but if someone were to ask me what is wrong with American Christianity I would say ownership. Now everyone immediately recognizes the problem with hypocrisy, one might say that this is a major thing in all industries. All aspects of life have hypocrisy because all industries contain the capabilities of…

Snoop-hound of Heaven?

Well, I listened and well…it was gospel music. I came across it in my news feed that Snoop Dog, yes that Snoop Dog has produced a Gospel Album. As a worship pastor this interests me, as a person who grew up in the 90’s hearing his music on the radio this interests me, as Christian…

Rage (Yad Vashem)

When I was in Israel part of our tour was visiting Yad Vashem. We toured the holocaust museum, and the term rage seemed appropriate at first, but then it matured into sorrow for me. I pray it does for all visitors, at least hopefully it will with a little bit of perspective and wisdom. It…

The Temple Mount and a Taco Truck

As I walked the streets of Jerusalem, and circled the grounds of the temple mount I had a thought. How hard it must be to look at the temple mount and see a precipice to another god. Another religion. Some might even say that the Dome of the Rock standing where it does mirrors the…

Mercy, or Arguing at God?

Just back from my trip to Israel, it was great. It truly is a land flowing with milk and honey. The lush greenery is breath-taking as Israel leads the field in their advanced farming and water conservation techniques turning much of the desert into a paradise, except down by the dead sea. The smell of…