A broken record

1 To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe. (Philippians 3) Even Paul admitted that his message got a little repetitive. I mean, as a Pastor I basically have only one playbook that doesn’t change. It can get repetitive talking about the advent every year. It can…

Temporal Risk

“Discipleship is estrangement from the world, an assault on flesh for the preparation for service.” –Dietrich Bonhoeffer Which in turn must mean the necessity for discipleship, is the estrangement from God because of our natural assault on Him. Discipleship is thus tearing down that which props up a distance from God. Dietrich Bonhoeffer is an…

An impending Hope

Why hope when we are often let down? Wouldn’t it be easier to simply shut off parts of our heart and in some respect close off some pain receptors? If we avoiding putting our hearts out there, hoping for a better outcome, we could even-out those highs and lows to find some kind of equilibrium?…

Mob Justice for All

There is a lot of talk in the political sphere about mobs. Everyone is pointing out how the other side is a mob, and then denying it for themselves, even when it is captured in full color on Television. A friend of mine recently asked a good question. How would you even know if you…

“Doing You”- Conflict is not detrimental

I keep hearing this refrain that “You do you, until that bumps into someone else” as if that was some kind of rule for life. Well, the problem is that is a recipe for staying in bed every day. You are going to bump into other people. When you think and process ideas, not sometimes,…

Taste and See…

How many of us have ever had a dish that our friends continually wanted us to try? A dish they keep recommending that despite you saying no, you keep hearing about? I feel sad when people won’t try guacamole. However for me, it is sushi, I don’t really do fish in general, so I definitely…

Love the wife of your youth

I am convinced there is still no better love song, no sexier song than Take my Breath Away by Berlin. I know, I have a preference for the eighties. Though Unchained Melody covered by U2 is a strong contender. But the point is not to talk about music but this season of love. Love your…

Overwhelmed by Media

The Gospel coalition just had a good article on something I was formulating. Do not be overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21 The idea is how we become exhausted by Social Media. The article mentioned the area of jealousy, which is a fantastic thing to reflect on. Do the lives of…

Testing your Mind-field

Paul tells us to renew our minds. This is good advice. Consider this post a follow up to Garbage in, Garbage out. The mind is a field of many thoughts both good and bad, both helpful and destructive. Paul reminds us that our minds tend to pick things up, they are sponges that collect. Our minds-eye sees…

Emotive Motives

A follow up on emotional states. Emotional intelligence seems to be on the decline these days. Our hearts need temperance the same way out lusts do. We are told to renew our minds according to Christ. Our hearts and minds will be tempted to think their own sinful thoughts in their own sinful ways. The…