Think About It...

“Tis the season to be…?”

December 19, 2019

To be happy? To be sad? To be tired? To be giving? To be expectant? To be regretful? To be receiving? To be fearful? To be anxious? To be generous? This season is a season that not just awakens many feelings and personal “drives,” but it magnifies them.

Friend of sinners? Not me!

December 12, 2019

In our efforts to become more spiritually “mature” and become more like Jesus, we run the risk of retreating into our comfort zones rather than engaging the helpless people of this fallen world.

Who am I fighting, anyway?

December 5, 2019

This approaching season may be a season of joy, to be sure, but for many it is often a season of sadness and depression. For some, this feels like war, and it is felt to be more “perpetual” than “seasonal.” For too many of us who call ourselves “Christ followers,” we “exist”rather than radiate “life…”

Do you ever feel like a hypocrite…

November 21, 2019

Do you ever feel like a hypocrite when singing the lyrics to some of the worship songs? Be honest with yourself, don’t you feel a little bit uneasy after the 4th refrain of “I Surrender All” knowing that your “All” still has some limitations attached to it?

Scandalous, Jesus, simply scandalous!

November 14, 2019

To get the most from this article, you would benefit greatly by taking just a few minutes and read chapter 4 of John’s gospel before you continue. Here’s the deal: You read John 4 and I’ll keep my comments short, ok?

Christian, are you willing to be challenged through accountability?

November 7, 2019

Do you believe it’s safe to walk through your Christian journey without being submitted to the word of God . . . . . and accountable to the family of God? If you said YES let me caution you that you are on slippery ground. If you said NO and yet have no network of accountability built into your life, you better watch your step too.

Is God’s Book, as it were, God’s Voice?

October 31, 2019

If the Bible is God’s voice, God’s message to you, what do you make of it? There are four words in the seventeenth chapter of John that we must consider. This whole chapter is a prayer by Jesus and certainly worth reading even before you continue here. It’s about you and me . . . . and Jesus.

Take a moment with me…

October 24, 2019

Take a moment with me and slowly read through these names. What comes to mind first? Monica Lewinsky*; Lance Armstrong*; Chuck Colson*; Jimmy Swaggert*; Barry Bonds*; Richard Nixon*; King David*. Obviously your first response has been a lasting memory, a memory of something significant you recall about someone. Why the asterisks, you ask?

Throwing rocks (from a safe distance) #2

October 17, 2019

We live in a very critical society. People don’t automatically change from stripes to spots just because they are part of a church environment. To be sure and regrettably, we “church folk” can judge and criticize with the best of them. Let me hasten to say much of our “observations” and potential negativity doesn’t just stay between our ears. It finds its way over our lips and into the ears of others. This is a breeding ground…

Throwing Rocks (from a safe distance of course)

October 10, 2019

I’ve learned a few things about “church” life, having been in leadership or closely connected to it for 35 years. It’s a people business, to be sure, and I’ve found that the joys and challenges present in a local church are pretty much the same no matter what the size. There are a few things that I want to say which may ruffle a few feathers or more hopefully stimulate a few hearts, but I would hope you will agree that even among…

Why do you believe in Jesus?

September 25, 2019

Why do you believe in Jesus? Have you ever revisited what it was that drew you to say you are a “follower” of the One who claimed to be “one” with God? Was it something someone said? Was it something Jesus said or did? Was it something someone said about Jesus? Was it pressure or influence from peers or parents and “coming…

Is Christianity an “evolving” faith?

September 19, 2019

Is Christianity an “evolving” faith? Let me admit from the start that I am not fond of the term “progressive.” Not in politics and certainly not in religion. Does “progressive” mean the same to you as it means to me? I doubt it. I will say, also from the start, that hijacking that term for political and religious use was a…