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.┬áThere 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…

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…

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…

Helping Hands

Pray for the Houston Texas area as the rains have fallen. God have mercy and grant speed to the first responders. Hurricane Harvey has wreaked havoc. Here in Arizona with Monsoon season we are not unfamiliar with flooding, but nothing like this. Houston Texas is under water but thankfully God has promised never to flood…

A Man at Meal (How do you know?)

He sat in his booth looking over the menu. The selection was good. Then the waitress approached the table and placed the chips and salsa and to his delight a bean dip on the table. Complimentary is so commendable. He immediately sampled the salsa, a nice blend with a bit of spice, the cilantro coming…

But the New Testament is Communist

The argument is basically capitalism is evil because it ends up exploiting those at the bottom but communism aims to support those at the bottom. I say this as I have heard and probably many of you have heard the appeal against capitalism in preference for communism because that is how the early church operated….

Grace and Law

My title is a bit misleading. This debate is really sad because this is not really the issue. The church seems to be at odds similarly as conservatives and liberals fight. One side wants to emphasize grace and the other seemingly want to emphasize faith or obedience in a world that wants none. Nobody is…