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…

Rebellion 101

The Atlantic recently had a great article about how the left’s tactics are becoming fundamentalist in nature especially on university campuses. They heap up judgment upon judgement bigot, racist, sexist, homophobic, upon anyone who disagrees and have started adopting language similar to sin. It wouldn’t be so bad if the reminder was to seek forgiveness, but…

Suffering Violence

As we see violence increasing around us and people being beaten for opposing viewpoints, it is good to know that Jesus prepared us in saying that the Kingdom suffers violence and the violent take it by force. (Matt 11:12) When I first heard this as a kid I foolishly thought it meant something about how we…

Jesus and the apostle Paul Ryan

You might have seen the exchange in the New York Times where the apostle Paul Ryan argues with Jesus about caring for the poor. Yeah it was cute. A caricature of Paul Ryan completely lacking perspective and empathy argues with Jesus. It is a masterpiece of a modern parable. The kind where you use Jesus to endorse…

A Satisfied Mind

The late singer songwriter Johnny Cash covered the song A Satisfied Mind so did the late Jeff Buckley and  many others for that matter. It was probably because the song tells of a lasting truth. The song gets to the deeper question of where does our satisfaction lay? Solomon, arguably the wisest and probably with…

Whose Utopia?

We have had a lot of riots again. People really seem to believe that fires and forcing of wills is a useful way to communicate. Riots at the presidential inauguration, riots at Universities to stamp our opposing viewpoints. Riots, not protests, but violence in order to force an opinion. Even many of our protests calling…

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….

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…

It’s a Comparison

The first will be last and the last will be first. Jesus tells the parable of a man who goes out into the morning to hire help for his fields because the harvest has come from Mathew 20. One by one they respond to the call and then later in the day the man goes…