What do you do when life threatens to crush your very soul? When devastation hits you it's sometimes easy to turn from God – and that's precisely the wrong place to be.
If He's not near, I can't afford to be gentle, and neither can you. Because you HAVE to look out for yourself. If He's not near and everyone's wringing their hands, so am I. But What If God IS Near?
Lots of confusion about what it means to be a man these days (and at least since the 1970's). A few years back a political campaign thought the "pajama boy" ad would really get men psyched up about discussing health insurance (this ad brought to you courtesy of estrogen!).
Every day people go out into the world to win, without thinking through the consequences of winning. What will you win? What is the prize?
Here are my thoughts on ways to combat a discourse that has become both verbally and physically violent, dishonest and profane:
I must admit that for years, I thought this was a stupid, stupid question. But as I've grown older, and a little (teeny tiny bit) wiser through experience, I must admit – it's a good question.
The world is a horribly dark place as evidenced by the Islamic terrorist blowing himself up along with 22 kids and parents in Manchester. And what can I do about horrific darkness like Islamic terrorism?
Last week Shane Claiborne, social activist, tweeted that the death penalty is a disgrace to Jesus.
We are all just like, more and more totally awesome, right? We have to be!
A recent article revealed how disturbingly deviant Mike Pence really is. He said (HIDE THE CHILDREN'S EYES — IT'S HORRIFYING!): He doesn't dine alone with a woman other than his wife. The truth of our day is that for many, a serial adulterer is a hero and the man who sets boundaries for himself is the freak.
Oh wait — you didn't think I meant "hammered" as in inebriated, intoxicated, wasted or drunk did you?
As a kid, I was fascinated by fortune tellers. I wanted to know the future!! But fortune telling is demonic.
I hate to be a frumpy, grumpy old man, but if the new movie, The Shack, is true to the book of the same name, it is really whacked.
One day in the land of Matthew 4:18, Jesus is walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee. He sees two brothers — Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew — throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living.
Oops! Left a word out. Should be, "Why I Love to Ridicule the Bachelor." As the kids say, "my bad!"
Every so often, Christmas Day falls on a Sunday. And even though the other 51 weeks a year, churches all across America gather to praise the name of Jesus no matter what, when Sunday and Christmas collide, some churches feel the need to cancel Sunday worship so that the true meaning of Christmas can be experienced in all its fantastic, fabulous glory.
Hey! If you read that and thought I was writing about something else and some song is stuck in your head, that's on you and your poor music choices! And, I'm sure I have no idea what song that might be … just saying.
I'm starting a message series on Revelation, and there are a few angel references in there. And for many folks, it's easy to pass over the angels. We read like this, "blah blah blah blah angel blah blah blah."
As a kid, I heard this crazy story in the Bible about Jacob putting on a goat skin to fool dad (Isaac). I had several thoughts about that: creepy, scratchy, itchy, liar, deceiver, scoundrel (deceiver came from Sunday school lesson — my vocab wasn't that advanced).
God is still God and in the end, Jesus always gets the last word. So don't panic!
Joshua was a tough-as-nails, brick-smashing man of God. It's easy to remember God said, "be strong and courageous" to Joshua a bunch, but beyond that most folks might not even know who he was.
That's one of the lines from the Lady Antebellum song "I Need You Now." The complete line says, "It's a quarter after one, I'm a little drunk and I need you now."
So I've heard some folks really don't like Trump. I get it. He's a proud and unrepentant adulterer, says he's a Christian who's never repented (two mutually exclusive positions), has called about 70 people names just during this primary cycle, and exhibits the emotional maturity of an eight-year-old bully in his speech and on twitter. One anti-Trump hashtag that has made the rounds is #MakeAmerica8Again.
You gotta know these 10 things about Revelation. You just gotta!
From the rainbow flags being waved by folks I thought were Christians, there seems to be confusion around the question: Is Christianity compatible with the practice of homosexuality or same-sex marriage?