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…

Jesus and the apostle Paul Ryan

You might have seen the exchange in the New York Times where the apostle Paul Ryan argues with Jesus about caring for the poor. Yeah it was cute. A caricature of Paul Ryan completely lacking perspective and empathy argues with Jesus. It is a masterpiece of a modern parable. The kind where you use Jesus to endorse…

Whose Utopia?

We have had a lot of riots again. People really seem to believe that fires and forcing of wills is a useful way to communicate. Riots at the presidential inauguration, riots at Universities to stamp our opposing viewpoints. Riots, not protests, but violence in order to force an opinion. Even many of our protests calling…

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…

Reactions and Respondents 

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter and the wisdom of man to search it out. I have been thinking about Facebook and how it arrogantly prompts you at the top of your page to write whatever is on your mind. Social media is a bit like drinking. Our better judgment is…

Self-Conscious

This is a phrase we do not use that much anymore. We do not want to be too self-conscious because we wouldn’t want to bring an accusation against what the world tells us is wholesome, good, beautiful and needs to be coddled. We wouldn’t want to place ourselves into a state of victim-hood would we?…

Wake Up

I was recently reading a book with the simple reminder. We are in a mission field. To the degree that you either understand this or reject this you will have a better understanding of what is going on in our world. America is becoming a place where Christians are despised and rejected. Jesus said this would…

Orientating our Positions

I recently watched a debate between two prominent individuals on whether homosexual unions are beneficial to society. No it wasn’t Carter and Ford but the pictured worker well and thankfully it was a friendly enough debate. Imagine that? A friendly debate over hot a social issue, I hope this continues to be possible in our country….