500 Years On…

The reformation hits its five hundredth year since Martin Luther nailed his 95 Thesis on Wittenberg door circa 1517. Now the reformation is the reason that a lot of western Christians do not attend mass nor understand a bit more Latin. The 95 Thesis had to do with a few certain areas. The first and…

On Loving your Enemies

I just spoke about this at church and this theme has been stewing in my heart for many weeks now. I keep seeing conversations about how in certain situations we should be able to hate and even that God hates so why shouldn’t we? I have seen the gamut of reasons, doesn’t David often pray…

Nashville and Statements

So recently Nashville put together a statement about the stance of the church on basic sexuality covering issues such as marriage, homosexuality, fidelity etc. The blow-back has been as expected, huge. Now it is both confusing why the world is surprised that the church seeks to adhere to historical biblical doctrine and not at all…

A common Thing

If something can be reduced to a mere common thing it can be ignored altogether. This is what has happened to the Bible this is happening with marriage and this is happening with God. This will continue to happen to the church. In order that the sacred can once again be trampled under foot by…

Faith vs. Faithfulness

These two are different and they pose vastly different points of theology. For one is the very notion of what it takes to enter and last in a relationship with God and the other is a description of one who is reliable, dependable, and consistent. In some theological circles some have adopted the idea of…

A man meets a Ghost (a short story)

The funeral had been grand. The ceremony had been beautiful. The eulogy from the Pastor wonderful. The conversation had been interesting. Three weeks had passed since the inheritance had been distributed and the estate fell to him, no money, no artifacts, just the house. The man was getting on in years himself and he had…

Self-Sacrificing Love

Does compassion for the lost move you? Are we willing to go to our end for the rest of you? Have we gathered this? I know that I read these questions and I know that I fall so short. I will sacrifice for my family. I will sacrifice for those that I truly love but does sacrifice define…

Establish your Vision

We need a vision so don’t lose your vision of the cross. The cross lifts us up from the ashes and plants our feet upon the rock. When we forget that we are forgiven we forget to forgive others. We need to come boldly to the throne of grace to receive mercy so that we…

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;…

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…

Where is the Spirit?

I am about to paint with extremely large brush strokes, larger than even Paul Bunyan would have used if he was into painting, but it is for a reason, bear with me. Pentecostalism and Charismatic are a side of the church that tends to focus on the Spirit that many do not know about or…

A Profile of God

God tells us what he like. He passes before Moses in the cleft of the rock and announces himself. He informs us what kind of God he is, and he is good. Exodus 34:6,7 The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, long suffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands forgiving iniquity…