On Painting People

Our country is wrought with unrest. People will not get along, people will not communicate but God calls us to peace. “What, drawn, and talk of peace? I hate the word, As I hate hell, all Montagues, and thee.” I hope we can manage a better response than Tybalt. But he did have a point, he…

Tradgedy and Compassion

Russel Moore already wrote what I wanted to say. But why not say it again?  I got up to speak on Sunday and someone just happened to mention the shooting in Orlando to me. Like most of us I slept through one of the largest terrorist shootings in our history. I was overwhelmed, to say…

A contextual Sigh-nn

After travelling across the country (thank God we have arrived!) and seeing sign after sign directing me where to turn, where to merge, where to exit, and even what speed to drive, I was reminded of this little episode that played out in my life last year. Signs are supposed to instruct, to help, to…

I can’t see your Faith Brother (brothers part 1)

Commenting on someone’s faith, no I would rather not do it.  This becomes the inevitable conclusion of trying to minister in categories and ministering in categories is the inevitable conclusion focusing on sheep and goats. This is why election discussion are nor truly helpful from a pastoral perspective. We can only approach people as potential followers…

And Justice for All (I need a Hero)

No, this is not about Metallica’s hit album from 1988 nor is this about AL Pacino’s movie from 1979. But Justice for All is what we all want, what we all desire. And rightfully so, God created us in such a way that we recognize the lack of it, and desire wrongs to be righted….

Is this news Good?

With Easter come and gone I have been thinking about our message and why it doesn’t always sound as good as it is supposed to sound. The Gospel.  The cornerstone of our faith. Romans gives us a great summation of how to have faith. The Romans Road as some have dubbed it is a series…

Easter Bunnies, Jesus, and Johnny Cash

1 Corinthians 15:14  “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.” Without the resurrection our faith is pointless. With the resurrection our faith is everything. Easter is here again, on Sunday. Easter is great because it means He is risen! I once had to wear…