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…

Chasing Commitment

Just to bring some balance to my last post. Commitment is also important. You might have seen some bemoan the Reformation celebration in that is had a separating effect as well. There is also the unfortunate result from the Reformation that gave rise, in a backward sort-of way, to our consumer Christianity. As much as preference…

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…

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…

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…

The struggle with Love

I first wrote this when 50 shades of Grey came out but never got around to publishing it, but now with 50 Shades Darker darkening the horizon further of America morality I will do so now. Love is in the air, everyone is seeking it, everyone knows that it is out there to be found….

A Liberation Theology

This idea of Liberation Theology is making the rounds again, so let’s talk about what it is. A lot progressive Christians are getting on this cart this time around. The premise is basically that God has preferential treatment and thus a mindset towards those who are in bondage, or the downcast or the dregs of society….

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…

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…

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…

It’s OK to be Overwhelmed

I actually wrote this a couple days before Jay’s passing, but it is nonetheless true, in fact it is more true as it has kept me going. I need God’s overwhelming peace and joy and grace both in trials and out. As I continue to walk through the fruit of the spirit with the youth group we come…

Fruit and Lovin’

We were are going through the fruits of the Spirit at youth group so I was reminded about this day in my life. We were talking about Love the very first fruit. Love is great but we have to let God define love for us. First Corinthians the love chapter helps us out in this…