Why Boredom Is a Sin

The Lord calls our restless wandering from Him a double evil as we simultaneously abandon Him and seek satisfaction in something else. Whatever else it may be, it is less than Him, and He calls it "a cracked cistern that cannot hold water" compared to Him, "the fountain of living water."

How to Pray Authentically: The Four Position Prayer

When I first became a part of the family of Christ I was pretty clueless. I had no idea how to study the Bible, and I didn't really know how to pray. Prayer is insanely important to the Christian life. If you aren't praying at least once a day it's hard to say that your even a Christian.

The Saddest Part of the Stormy Daniels Story

Porn star Stormy Daniels may be having the time of her life. She may be enjoying her newfound fame, at the expense of President Trump. She may be making boatloads of money with her "Make America Horny Again" tour and other endeavors. But at the end of the day, this is a sad story.

Should I Tithe or Get Out of Debt?

When should we begin tithing? We are currently in 'the red' each month, relying on credit cards to fill in small gaps. Currently there is no extra, no savings, etc. If we tithe now, we will have to stop payment on another creditor, which seems irresponsible. What do you suggest?

Confessions of a 'Christian Constitutionalist'

After a recent column on "fake news," someone sent me an email, accusing me of propagating fake news by saying the Bible had anything to do with the founding of America. Unfortunately, this reader, like so many others, fails to understand the historical truth that the Bible played a unique role in helping to create the U.S. Constitution.

The Lure of Isolation

Isolation is often very attractive, and it is on the rise with no signs of slowing down. Nearly twenty years ago Robert Putnam issued his warning about isolation before restaurant booths would be filled with people staring at their iPhones instead of connecting with each other, before binge-watching Netflix would become common in our culture, and before social media was invented.

Why Did God Design Prayer

Have you ever wondered why God designed prayer as the mode of communication between the creation and the Creator? Prayer can be the most exciting thing you have ever done if it is done right.

Rapture Rumors

When rapture and end times rumors come they can make skeptics of Christianity. Instead, let's ignore the rumors and live like Christ suggests.

The Pastor and the Persecuted Christians

Many Christians, especially those living under the severe religious restrictions experienced by 75 percent of the world's population, are being persecuted today because of their faith in Jesus Christ. Yet, most pastors are strangely silent about the suffering of their brothers and sisters in Christ.

Why Dishwashing Matters in God's Kingdom

After a talk I gave on how our work is part of God's great restoration plan, one man approached me with tears running down his face and said, I am 55 years old and I wash dishes for a living. I became a believer about 10 years ago. I thought the best I could do at work was to occasionally share my faith with someone. But I work in the back of a restaurant washing dishes and hardly talk to anyone.

Free Speech: Use It or Lose It

Why must we dance around these issues with the constant fear of stepping on people's toes? Pull an article you agree with because you got some flack? Delete a post you feel is important because some people unfriended you? Our fellow-believers around the world are being tortured and killed for the gospel, and we're afraid of losing friends on social media? No wonder we're losing our freedoms. We're handing the jailer the keys.

Has the Opioid Crackdown Gone Too Far?

The government began a crackdown on opioids a few years ago due to an increase in overdose deaths from opioids. Some of the crackdown is due to confusion between (illegal) heroin overdoses and prescription drug overdoses.

Sticks and Stones May Break a School Shooter's Bones, But ...

A school district in Erie, Pennsylvania recently handed out 18 inch baseball bats to its teachers, teacher aides and other staff members to defend themselves and their students against any shooter that tries to enter their classrooms. A better way to stop student shooters is to address the problem before it actually becomes an issue.

Ryan Must Resign Now to Save the GOP

In recent weeks, it has been looking bleak for Republicans as the Democrats have won a number of special elections. There have also been a large number of Republicans either resigning or declaring they will not be seeking re-election.

3 Questions Regarding Our Bombing of Syria

Reactions to our bombing of Syria, as we joined together with the UK and France, have been intense on all sides. Why are some Trump supporters outraged with the president's actions? Why are others coming to his defense?

Third Way Values: Mercy/Forgiveness

The gospel is about invitation out of a bad situation. The entire point of the gospel story is that Jesus died in order to pay for sin he did not commit but that we did. Being the beneficiaries of grace, we are called to mirror that grace to others.

Pastor Andrew Brunson: What Shall I Do?

Held now for over 18 months, Pastor Brunson remains imprisoned for "crimes against the State." He is totally innocent. In cases like this, some concerned people ask: "What can we do?" In my case. I ask the question, "What can I (not we) do?"

YouTube Punishes My Criticism of Hamas

On Saturday, April 2, in the aftermath of the Palestinian protests in Gaza, Geraldo Rivera called Gaza "the world's largest concentration camp." In response, I posted a three-minute video, expressing my differences with Geraldo and placing the blame where it belongs: at the foot of Hamas. YouTube was not happy with my commentary.