Think About It Archive

“Dorothy, we’re not in…”

August 1, 2019

“Dorothy, we’re not in Chick-fil-a anymore.” That’s not quite the line as exactly spoken in context, but this is a reference to The Wizard of Oz, in which Dorothy, upon arriving to Oz, says,“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”   So what did it mean to not be in Kansas anymore? To no longer be in a place…

2,000 Pigs Drown in Lake…

July 25, 2019

2,000 Pigs Drown in Lake. Bacon Shortage Imminent! The story revealed in Mark 5 has always been one that has interested me. It’s a story of isolation, hopelessness, pity, deliverance, gratitude, power and priorities. Most of you have read or heard the story. I encourage you to read it again or for the first time. Jesus has…

Does God “force” our faith to grow?

July 2, 2019

Does God “force” our faith to grow? For the purpose of this “conversation,” I’m going to interchange the word “trust” with the word “faith.” After all, Webster does it and it seems to work pretty well in our scripture references. There is a point to my doing this, and it is because to us our trust in God is wrapped up so deeply…

Guilt-free, because my good deeds outweigh my bad ones?

June 27, 2019

Guilt-free, because my good deeds outweigh my bad ones? To some extent, that’s how many people begin life seeing themselves. It seems fair enough, that the scale of justification should declare us innocent if we can rack up more good deeds than bad, despite the fact we are quicker to forget, forgive and rationalize the bad…

“A prostitute….”

June 20, 2019

“A prostitute . . . . ” I read this story recently and I think it is worthwhile to share. It’s horror is only magnified by the fact this goes on around us and we are possibly unaware, unconcerned or ill-equipped to respond. This story reflects a very harsh, painful reality and before we dismiss it as…

For some there will always be another question…

June 17, 2019

For some there will always be another question. Let me say from the start that I believe with all my heart that God’s pressing desire is to be in covenant relationship with all people. Not just some. All. To accomplish this end I believe the Holy Spirit engages in a relentless pursuit to turn men…

Why do some Christians act so ungraciously?

June 6, 2019

Why do some Christians act so ungraciously? There are many reasons, I suppose, but none of them seem to hold water when we consider that to call ourselves “Christian” is to say we follow Jesus and practice a lifestyle that resembles His example. To say Christianity as a whole and we, as Christians, are under attack would not…

Do you carry water for Jesus?

May 30, 2019

Do you carry water for Jesus? You’ve seen the caution before, haven’t you, that says “Fragile. Handle with Care?” How good are you applying that to your dealings with people . . . .  whether through personal interaction with them or just the formation of your initial opinions? I think some extra decades of life…

The cost of one sin is..?

May 23, 2019

The cost of one sin is . . . . ? Who knows? But I suspect we underestimate the impact of our disobedience. I think Adam and Eve might have thought too little of the potential consequences of their sin, don’t you, especially given their perfectly lush living conditions? One might also say that God’s response to…

“You bet your life…”

May 16, 2019

“You bet your life” . . . . . . We all “bet our lives” whether we know it or not. For those of you “seasoned” enough to remember, this “bet your life” statement might bring back memories of stand-up comedian Groucho Marx and the game show he hosted called “You Bet Your Life.” (No…

Please don’t knock on my door…

May 9, 2019

Please don’t knock on my door to ask me if I know Jesus.  Gone pretty much are the days of door-to-door salesmen, with the exception, I suppose, of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Our walkways lead to our fortresses, and for mostly reasons of fear strangers are not welcome at our doors. When it comes to methods of reaching people…

Was Jesus a “pig in a poke” for you?

May 2, 2019

Was Jesus a “pig in a poke” for you? What’s a “pig in a poke” you say? It’s a colloquialism to describe buying (or buying into) something without the buyer knowing the true nature or value of what they are getting. For a variety of reasons, that’s how many people begin their life of faith. Perhaps they were nudged or pressured by…