R & R

These typically refer to rest and relaxation but neither of these are helpful for my points. I am taking these to mean something different, something that is essential to being a Christian. I am talking about righteousness and relationship. Now we know that before coming to Christ that neither of these are present in the…

Playing the Hypocrite

No one is asking me, but if someone were to ask me what is wrong with American Christianity I would say ownership. Now everyone immediately recognizes the problem with hypocrisy, one might say that this is a major thing in all industries. All aspects of life have hypocrisy because all industries contain the capabilities of…

The Temple Mount and a Taco Truck

As I walked the streets of Jerusalem, and circled the grounds of the temple mount I had a thought. How hard it must be to look at the temple mount and see a precipice to another god. Another religion. Some might even say that the Dome of the Rock standing where it does mirrors the…

Taste and See…

How many of us have ever had a dish that our friends continually wanted us to try? A dish they keep recommending that despite you saying no, you keep hearing about? I feel sad when people won’t try guacamole. However for me it is sushi, I don’t really do fish in general, so I definitely…

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 Cathartic Resolve

I was going to write about how God has the biggest button, but I decided against it. Too funny. Resolutions are a good thing even though it is easy to mock them. We have lots of goals, but what do we actually achieve? We want to be fitter, happier, as Radiohead taught us but then…

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…

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…

Signature of Heaven

I used to think that I couldn’t have a deep relationship with God until I had met certain criteria: Grow a bit more, overcome more sin, know more of my Bible, was better at prayer, you know-matured. But what was wrong was my focus, I was looking in all the wrong places. If I could…

A Satisfied Mind

The late singer songwriter Johnny Cash covered the song A Satisfied Mind so did the late Jeff Buckley and  many others for that matter. It was probably because the song tells of a lasting truth. The song gets to the deeper question of where does our satisfaction lay? Solomon, arguably the wisest and probably with…

Dancing with God

I know very little about dancing except that you need rhythm and there should be a leader. I notice that our walk with God can be like a dance. Then I see that dancing with God, often I at times try to take lead and step on his toes. I feel like because I can feel…

The Lasting Seed

I have seen and probably you have seen the people who have drifted away. This breaks my heart and pains me to write that I know people personally who this can be said of. There was a time they walked with the Lord and now they do not. I hear that the percentages are about %50;…