When a Baptist Only Has Pentecostal Words to Describe an Experience

I was awoken in the middle of the night.  I had some sort of nightmare.  I just remember my world falling apart.  I was in a panic. Normally after a nightmare, it just takes you a few moments to come to grips with reality that you aren’t falling into a precipice or being chased by … More When a Baptist Only Has Pentecostal Words to Describe an Experience

Everything You Never Wanted to Know about the Wise Men

The Wise Men or Magi are major players in the Christmas Narrative.  In every production we present these men with certain qualities and it just became common knowledge (despite just being made-up).  But what do we actually know?  What educated guess and inferences can we make?  Here is every fact I can pull out of … More Everything You Never Wanted to Know about the Wise Men

Is Jesus Your King?

If you are unsure if Jesus is THE King, go ahead and read this first.  It’s okay.  I’ll wait.  It’s fine.  Go, go, I have nothing else to do. Seriously, read it. Good.  Gosh you’re a slow reader.  Are you done yet?  Done?  Finally.  Ok, so now you are convinced that Jesus is theKing, the question is, … More Is Jesus Your King?

Christian Politics

It has felt more complicated to comment on politics lately.  You are either for separating children from their parents; or you are for all of Central America coming to the US and potentially destroying our economy.  You are either for destroying this planet with greenhouse gases, or you are for crippling the 3rd world by preventing … More Christian Politics

My 1 Corinthians 6:12 Challenge (or Joe’s 7 Deadly Sins)

UPDATED (updates at bottom) Well, I’ve settled on it.  I’m going to embark on one of the tougher challenges of my life.  I’ve hiked 100 miles in 10 days.  This will be harder.  I completed a Doctoral Program in less than 24 months with 2 jobs, a wife, and a kid.  This will be harder. … More My 1 Corinthians 6:12 Challenge (or Joe’s 7 Deadly Sins)

Growing in a Desert

Have you ever felt like God isn’t listening?  Like He was distant?  Your head tells you that He’s always there or at least right around the corner, but your heart is screaming, “Where the heck is God?”  I’m going to call this a desert – a spiritual desert. Now there are several possibilities here for why … More Growing in a Desert