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…

Can I Blaspheme?

This is not to be confused with may I. As I am reading through Mathew and coming off of the 3rd commandment I was struck by the only two times in the Bible that God attached unforgiveness as a possibility to an action. The first as we looked at a few weeks ago was in the…

The Medium and the Message

Communication is hard. Christian communication if fraught. Political communication is stuck in intransigence. In college when I was studying mass communications per radio along side of theology, the ever redundant phrase the medium is the message was burned into my brain. Everywhere we turned this was in our face. In fact I am convinced all…

Deliver us from Evil

Evil is an ever-present danger. We have seen our share of terrorism, riots, hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes, fires and now shootings again. Natural evil and willful evil are everywhere, what is going on? Thank God there are always survivors, but what do we do now?  Let’s take the time to mourn with those who have lost…

Gnats and Camels

Jesus rebukes the Pharisees for focusing on the smaller details of the laws while ignoring much larger issues of justice and mercy and faithfulness. Jesus says that all sin is something to be concerned over which is why he says “these you should have done while not ignoring the weightier parts of the law.” (Matthew…

On Loving your Enemies

I just spoke about this at church and this theme has been stewing in my heart for many weeks now. I keep seeing conversations about how in certain situations we should be able to hate and even that God hates so why shouldn’t we? I have seen the gamut of reasons, doesn’t David often pray…

Nashville and Statements

So recently Nashville put together a statement about the stance of the church on basic sexuality covering issues such as marriage, homosexuality, fidelity etc. The blow-back has been as expected, huge. Now it is both confusing why the world is surprised that the church seeks to adhere to historical biblical doctrine and not at all…

Some Hebrew (Commandment 3)

Dennis Prager shares a bit about the 3rd commandment which I think is very helpful and informative to non native speaking Hebrew people. He focuses on the this first word Nasa. Nasa means to carry, take, lift, bear. We often simply translate it to take. This still doesn’t quite help us yet to another full…