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…

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 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…

Speak now with the Fire

Yes, that is a Rage against the Machine quote with a change to it. With the rage seemingly not coming to end. It is time to speak now to the Christians who are getting caught up in all the self-righteous vainglory that is there for the getting. The Bible is pretty clear about this: Be…

Supremacy for all

This doesn’t need to be said. This shouldn’t need to be taught. It isn’t about more information. White supremacy is evil and from the pit of hell. It has been communicated so many times over, plus we already fought a couple wars over this. The world has previously rendered a verdict on this behavior. Racism…

A Confusion-ing

With camp having come to a close it is evident that God was speaking to all of us about our sexuality. So many questions about sex and sexuality that amazingly enough God raised up a panel of speakers to address. Kids need to understand that God did create us with a plan in mind with…

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…

As Natural as Pants

There was a funny YouTube video circling about a pastor trying to make himself more accessible to youth culture and what makes appeals to today’s world. VIDEO It was funny. There have also been blog after blog about that kind of dress coming into the church, hair color, man-buns, skinny jeans, cross dressing and what…

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…