A Paradigm of Preaching

Why do pastors just stand up front and talk at us? Don’t they understand lectures are boring? Often we wonder where the all the gifts and power of God are. We might ask why doesn’t our witness have these obvious powerful events that simply draw audiences? Wouldn’t more people fall on their faces and repent…

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…

Florida shooting and a broke church van

A couple weeks ago at camp with the Youth Group we had four flat tires. I could definitely say this was the weekend retreat from hell. It just seemed liked challenge after challenge. I did the usual thing, check the air levels in the tires, checked the oil, drove it around to see how it…

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…

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…

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…

To Forgive or not to Forgive, that is the question?

I have spent plenty of blogs addressing the need to repent so this shouldn’t come off as me being light on such things, but there is another side of this idea. I keep seeing the notion that we as Christians are not supposed to forgive unless we see repentance first. But I don’t find that…

On Miracles

The Bible tells us in Romans that in order to be saved we need to believe two things. 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with…

Why isn’t God more fancy?

This is a follow-up to last week about wonder. Why is it that we are able to look at the wonder of our galaxy and conclude that the “Truth is out there”but we are equally as unwilling to carry that notion over to perhaps the answer being God? To me this seems to follow. If…

Losing "I" Religion

There have been many things to steal our peace this year. I was thinking about prayer and my relationship with God. I know that often, probably too often, my prayers begin with “I” statements or “I” requests. Sometimes even in an attempt to be humble, my I statements might be self-deprecating in order for some…

Growing and Play Things

It can be a burden to always address heavy topics but that’s where we are in our country and the church should always be prepared to respond with the hope that they have. Thankfully other things are also important in the Christian life. Raphael is 2 years old now, he is bigger and he is requiring more…

Searching for Purpose

God’s Will, this is something that I think follows well with last week’s post on our passions, as it ventured into the area of vocation a bit. The song My Place in This World by Michael W. Smith may be dated at this point but I don’t think the sentiment is. I believe every believer…