When I was younger there was a para-church organization that I really liked being a part of. It had a large annual event which I normally participated in and got a lot from. Then, after 50 years (half of which I was involved in) it ceased to exist. While it had, in fact, waned in
Should we spend $1B on an old church when people are starving?
Now I knew how I knew her. She was just very, very different than the last time I had seen her. I recognized her when she first came through the door at the jail. I wasn’t sure why. I see a lot of people in the community in my various roles as Minister, Deputy Sheriff
Sometimes scripture is just plain confusing. I don’t deny it. Not all of it is perfectly clear. In fact, The Apostle Peter even said as much about the writings of his contemporary, The Apostle Paul. He also warned that people will use this to distort what God wanted to say. 2 Peter 3:15-16. And count the
I was at a luncheon for Ministry staff the other day and the speaker asked us to share what the most dangerous thing we have ever done in ministry was. Some people shared funny stories. Others talked about sermons they had preached on topics people didn’t want to hear. Two shared actions taken in the
Recently I told someone that I quit the internet. They gave me a sidelong glance which told me that they thought I had said “I joined a cult that believes in Martians”. Now, before we go any further I have to clear something up with you, because you are already thinking “How did you quit
Sometimes my own brain freaks me out. Thoughts pop up about random stuff which makes me wonder where that thought came from. Sometimes it makes me think hard about topics, other times it makes me think there is something wrong with my brain! Last week I was on vacation and we were visiting my parents,
Sometimes the church forgets its job. Sometimes we forget the order of things, and we get stuff all mixed up. I think that this normally happens out of a true desire to do right and to see things made better, but the best of intentions do not make actions right. Very recently the State in
I have often found myself wondering why the Church in the West is dying. The easy answer, and the one that probably makes preachers feel better about their role, is that younger people today are less interested in God and more interested in themselves. They are hedonists who just want to have a good time.
A Christian friend once asked me why a Christian should fast. I confess that I didn’t have a great answer. All I know is that the Bible talks about it and my grandmother and most Godly college professors all spoke of how important fasting was to them. For me, that was enough. Years ago when