Love the wife of your youth

I am convinced there is still no better love song, no sexier song than Take my Breath Away by Berlin. I know, I have a preference for the eighties. Though Unchained Melody covered by U2 is a strong contender. But the point is not to talk about music but this season of love. Love your…

Overwhelmed by Media

The Gospel coalition just had a good article on something I was formulating. Do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21 The idea being how we become exhausted by Social Media. The article mentioned the area of jealousy, which is a fantastic thing to reflect on. Do the lives of…

Shaming Aside

Looking at Isaiah and again at Jeremiah I was struck at how God is calling the people to shame. In chapter three of Isaiah he is prompted to call out an oracle against his own people because they would not respond to their faults. It is only striking because it is so foreign to us…

Emotive Motives

A follow up on emotional states. Emotional intelligence seems to be on the decline theses days. Our hearts need temperance the same way out lusts do. We are told to renew our minds according to Christ. Our hearts and minds will be tempted to think their own sinful thoughts in their own sinful ways. The…

A Mission from God

Another year another time to refocus. Truthfully every single day is another chance to turn it all around, but a new year is sometimes a helpful reminder and push. It is easy to look around at America and lament what was or what could have been last year. It is too easy to look around…

On Moralizing Voting

So I view this as a follow-up to the piece I wrote on Religious Freedom & Legislating Morality¬†which this is basically the other side of the coin. They are basically the same idea. Since the Roy Moore debacle has ended, thank God, there is still a principle to discuss. The noise gets louder when a…

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…