A Cathartic Resolve

I was going to write about how God has the biggest button, but I decided against it. Too funny. Resolutions are a good thing even though it is easy to mock them. We have lots of goals, but what do we actually achieve? We want to be fitter, happier, as Radiohead taught us but then…

A Mission from God

Another year another time to refocus. Truthfully every single day is another chance to turn it all around, but a new year is sometimes a helpful reminder and push. It is easy to look around at America and lament what was or what could have been last year. It is too easy to look around…

Christ is not his last Name

Christmas has the word Christ in it, but it is not a day celebrating Jesus because it includes his last name, nor is “H” his middle name by the way. The word literally means messiah-anointed one, coming from the Greek word χριστος, or the Latin Christus it should be translated basically Jesus the Christ when…

Be Separate for I Am Separate

Continuing the theme from last week we are looking at the challenge of holiness. With the world raising up their rulers and extending their pointing fingers at all the sexual misconduct in our society it is important to tackle this issue. This used to be something that only the church did. The question is, has the message…

On Moralizing Voting

So I view this as a follow-up to the piece I wrote on Religious Freedom & Legislating Morality which this is basically the other side of the coin. They are basically the same idea. Since the Roy Moore debacle has ended, thank God, there is still a principle to discuss. The noise gets louder when a…

Garbage in, Garbage out

The first step to addressing a problem is identifying it, which is what I did last time but this time is for looking more closely at how to deal with this sin in our lives. This old adage is actually old school now. Garbage in, Garbage out. It is from a time when the church…

No Women, No kids

Let me explain…In the 90’s an action thriller movie The Professional came out (a personal favorite of mine) the story was of one hitman who had a rule set that he followed in order to not become a monster. He wouldn’t Kill women or kids, he did his job well, he kept to himself, he…

Thankful Blogservations

As I enter year four of this endeavor, I am thankful as Thanksgiving approaches. I am thankful to write and minister. I see a pattern as people want to read that which is edgy, political and polarizing. The basic Christian teachings that come to the surface every once and awhile are never as popular. It…

Chasing Commitment

Just to bring some balance to my last post. Commitment is also important. You might have seen some bemoan the Reformation celebration in that is had a separating effect as well. There is also the unfortunate result from the Reformation that gave rise, in a backward sort-of way, to our consumer Christianity. As much as preference…

Chasing Unity

Unity is important. However, some view the church’s current grasp of unity as worse than a dumpster fire. But it is important, so let us start off with that OK? Being united in Christ is something that comes naturally to a body that agrees the head is Christ. Just because some individual members might want…

The Word was God

I am sad to have to write this one, again. I recently saw this quote: “Whenever we find tension between something Jesus taught and something taught elsewhere in the Bible, the tiebreaker always goes to Jesus.” Now at first glance I would agree, of course we let Jesus interpret things that were previously cloudy, but…

500 Years On…

The reformation hits its five hundredth year since Martin Luther nailed his 95 Thesis on Wittenberg door circa 1517. Now the reformation is the reason that a lot of western Christians do not attend mass nor understand a bit more Latin. The 95 Thesis had to do with a few certain areas. The first and…