A Pharisaical Disconnect

Nobody wants to be a Pharisee. Nobody wants to be seen as Pharisaical. And nobody wants to come across as defending them. But I think in our efforts to avoid such on-coming traffic we have driven ourselves into a ravine. I think part of the reason for this is our fervor, to categorize them in…

Wrestle with God

We all know that life with God is not a walk in the park. God doesn’t rush ahead of us to remove all pots holes and adjust the weather accordingly and turn all the lights green. There are speed bumps that certainly remain on the road when we approach them. Sometimes we may think that…

A broken record

1 To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe. (Philippians 3) Even Paul admitted that his message got a little repetitive. I mean, as a Pastor I basically have only one playbook that doesn’t change. It can get repetitive talking about the advent every year. It can…

Brothers and the World

There is a tension in the New Testament. It often speaks of our brothers and the world, not simply the world as to be treated as if they are brothers. This is a difficult thing to parse, as I was preaching on this subject from Matthew 25:31-44 which some commentators have dubbed one of the…

Temporal Risk

“Discipleship is estrangement from the world, an assault on flesh for the preparation for service.” –Dietrich Bonhoeffer Which in turn must mean the necessity for discipleship, is the estrangement from God because of our natural assault on Him. Discipleship is thus tearing down that which props up a distance from God. Dietrich Bonhoeffer is an…

40 and counting

So I hit the big one this year. Forty years old, a couple of days ago. That feels old. I am getting too many white hairs to keep plucking, my stubble is coming in at an increasingly wintery hue. I see the ’80s trends resurging from my childhood as the current day fashion. I am…

A stone principle

I keep coming back to the story of the woman caught in adultery, where Jesus says “let he who is without sin among you throw the first stone.” (John 8:1-11) If we were to keep a closer watch on our hearts and minds, with regards to our own sins, perhaps we would better develop a…

Storms with a buddy

The church is a funny thing. It is not just a building where we go on Sundays and one where others avoid. It is supposed to be your family outside of your family, or in some cases your true family. The body of Christ needs all of its members like we need all of our…

Worship, as positive as a YouTube comment

You will probably notice that this title is a bit of a misnomer. A lot of the time comment sections are just bad, and especially on YouTube. There, it is up to self-editing for the most part because of a lack of moderators, and since this is the case, you will see what is truly…

10 Rules for Life

The ten commandments are rules to live by. This is as important as ever when we increasingly have teachers who are suggesting we unhitch from the Old Testament altogether, Ugh. In an effort to not deal with those hard questions from the OT, or confusing ideas, or troublesome history therein, some pastors such as Andy…