On Children and Borders

People have the right idea about where the justice is off kilter in this problem. When Jeff sessions told us that Christians should listen to government decisions because of Romans 13, it did rustle some feathers. But many have already rebuked the man. It is the overall continuous rebuking on all sides that interests me….

An Ode to Suffering

The truth is we all suffer. Suffering is a large part of life. As the Dread Pirate Roberts told Princess Buttercup. “Life is pain highness, anyone who says differently is selling something.” (Princess Bride 1987). I sometimes lament at how often Christian music is so victim sounding–everything is terrible, everything is wrong, I almost gave up–but…

Rage (Yad Vashem)

When I was in Israel part of our tour was visiting Yad Vashem. We toured the holocaust museum, and the term rage seemed appropriate at first, but then it matured into sorrow for me. I pray it does for all visitors, at least hopefully it will with a little bit of perspective and wisdom. It…

The Temple Mount and a Taco Truck

As I walked the streets of Jerusalem, and circled the grounds of the temple mount I had a thought. How hard it must be to look at the temple mount and see a precipice to another god. Another religion. Some might even say that the Dome of the Rock standing where it does mirrors the…

RAW People

No this is not about wrestling, but it is similarly about a facade. Do our churches have a facade that needs to come off, in perhaps a way that we wish our skin wouldn’t? I was sitting here thinking about church and why we have for so long had a problem with people who are…

Christ is not his last Name

Christmas has the word Christ in it, but it is not a day celebrating Jesus because it includes his last name, nor is “H” his middle name by the way. The word literally means messiah-anointed one, coming from the Greek word χριστος, or the Latin Christus it should be translated basically Jesus the Christ when…

Be Separate for I Am Separate

Continuing the theme from last week we are looking at the challenge of holiness. With the world raising up their rulers and extending their pointing fingers at all the sexual misconduct in our society it is important to tackle this issue. This used to be something that only the church did. The question is, has the message…

No Women, No kids

Let me explain…In the 90’s an action thriller movie The Professional came out (a personal favorite of mine) the story was of one hitman who had a rule set that he followed in order to not become a monster. He wouldn’t Kill women or kids, he did his job well, he kept to himself, he…

Deliver us from Evil

Evil is an ever-present danger. We have seen our share of terrorism, riots, hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes, fires and now shootings again. Natural evil and willful evil are everywhere, what is going on? Thank God there are always survivors, but what do we do now?  Let’s take the time to mourn with those who have lost…

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…

Helping Hands

Pray for the Houston Texas area as the rains have fallen. God have mercy and grant speed to the first responders. Hurricane Harvey has wreaked havoc. Here in Arizona with Monsoon season we are not unfamiliar with flooding, but nothing like this. Houston Texas is under water but thankfully God has promised never to flood…

Speak now with the Fire

Yes, that is a Rage against the Machine quote with a change to it. With the rage seemingly not coming to end. It is time to speak now to the Christians who are getting caught up in all the self-righteous vainglory that is there for the getting. The Bible is pretty clear about this: Be…