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…

Suffering Violence

As we see violence increasing around us and people being beaten for opposing viewpoints, it is good to know that Jesus prepared us in saying that the Kingdom suffers violence and the violent take it by force. (Matt 11:12) When I first heard this as a kid I foolishly thought it meant something about how we…

Religious Freedom & Legislating Morality

In a recent post by Douglas Wilson he commented about the reasons why Christians take the stances they do: So our reasoning should go like this. You don’t get have four wives because Jesus rose from the dead. You don’t get to marry someone of your own sex because when Christ took His bride He established…

A little Boldness in the Mix

What we need is boldness. Now boldness is something that is hard to do when it is in short order. It is difficult to take a hard stance when all those other stances seem to be so shifty and accommodating all the time. We wouldn’t want to stand out, especially if there are snipers about. But…

Tension in the Pews

The results are in, though Michigan is still taking its sweet time. The battle was supposed to be over, but it continues. Sadly it is between even conservative and liberal voting Christians. There is also the one between democrats and republicans in general calling for faithless electorals but that is not this concern, but that would be a…

Evangelicals (and Elections)

Huffington post has blasted Christian Evangelicals for supporting Trump and then with the other side of their mouths said not all Evangelicals are the same, you know, to hold out hope. But I have to ask if Trump does win, does that yet again mean that all Evangelicals are back to being bad guys? I guess…

Christ given Freedom

I have been listening to a lot of worship which is a good thing to do as being a worship pastor is part of my responsibilities. I had a wonderful experience and I truly worshiped God. I deeply love these experiences as they draw me closer to God. Later, as the play-list continued I started to…