Another Angle

What we need to care about is conversion. It is conversion from unbelief not a cleaning up of a track record. I know that I used to buffet against this idea only because I heard or it may have been said in such a way that sanctification was not in mind. But in my own…

Christ given Freedom

I have been listening to a lot of worship which is a good thing to do as being a worship pastor is part of my responsibilities. I had a wonderful experience and I truly worshiped God. I deeply love these experiences as they draw me closer to God. Later, as the play-list continued I started to…

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?…

A Physical Tendency

With reading through the Old Testament again I am struck with often the Israelites ran after other gods. I remember the mount Sinai episode where they fashion a golden calf. How often they seem to gravitate towards a god with a representation. It requires less faith when I have something within my eyesight. If I…

Targeting your Protest

We have the latest Christian protest on our hands. Target has adopted a new policy allowing trans-gendered individuals to assert their sexuality in bathrooms across the stores. People who accept their own biology get upset. Christians protest. Some have already pointed out that to protest this would really lead to so many other such financial decisions…

Come Let Us Return Unto The Lord

New York Daily News’ provocative article about God failing to address our nation’s violence. “God isn’t fixing this”. We hide behind useless platitudes. We call on God and he does nothing. I don’t remember them printing their prayers for help, you know, in big bold print so God is sure to read it from the…

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…

On arguing with your Doctor

The man walks through the revolving doors and looks around. The smell of rubbing alcohol immediately reaches his nose and he is reminded that he did not want to come here. He looks around at the half empty room and decides on a good seat as he walks to the counter. “Do you have an…

A Dying Breed

The previous commentary on Jude was all about false teachers already in operation in the first church. But false teachers were not only around in the first century. The apostle Paul vehemently charges young Timothy to a proclaim and respect the Word of God in 2 Timothy 1. I charge you in the presence of God…

Knives in Flesh (a pox on Planned Parenthood or rather America)

Be angry but do not sin. Vengeance is mine says the Lord. We have had ten videos that have been released about the barbaric practices of Planned Parenthood, but no a lot of people seem to care. It would be easy if we could only blame Planned Parenthood, but we the people of the United…

Jude 14-16 a Commentary

Continuing our look at Jude. It was also about these that Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, “Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of his holy ones to execute judgment on all and to convict all the ungodly of all their deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way,…

A re-New Hope

Writing straight theology is easy for me, but returning to my personal walk is a challenge. Sometimes I get overwhelmed, sometimes I have to be honest about where I am. These words from the Cure’s song Maybe Someday sometimes haunt me. No I won’t do it again, I don’t want to pretend If it can’t…