I’m certainly not the first one to point out the uniqueness of the centrality of women in the Resurrection accounts in the Gospels. What stands out is that in that society, women were not thought of very highly. They, in many ways, seemed more like property than people in the ancient near east. So the … More The Women at Jesus’ Resurrection
I’m not here to throw shade (as the kids used to say in 2017, but now they act like no one has said that since the 1940’s), but I am going to share my thoughts. I don’t like when churches charge money for outreach events like Easter Egg hunts and I don’t even like when … More Churches Should Stop Charging Money for Easter Egg Hunts and Other Outreach Events
I think churches deal with church discipline in one of 2 ways. (I’m sure there are those in the middle ground but I’ve never met them.) Churches either do it regularly and consistently or ignore it completely and utterly. Church discipline isn’t usually fun, but I’ve personally experienced some beautiful moments from it. I’ve also … More A Second Look at Church Discipline
Stats say about 80% of Americans report feeling stressed. These numbers generally go up and up year after year. With all our technology designed to free up more and more time we have simply added more and more “necessities” to our life. I guess before we really get started on trying to figure out if … More Is Stress a Sin?
So this past week a Pastor admitted to an “indiscretion” (his word, not mine) with a 17-year-old girl when he was a youth minister 20 years ago, and his congregation responded with a standing ovation. (I guess it was for his honesty or forthrightness or something. That seems like a low threshold for the old … More Some Pastors Just Shouldn’t Be Pastors Anymore
Love is a unique phenomenon. It makes us do things that go completely against our nature and our nurture. Love is beyond this world. It is supernatural. Because God is love, and He is omnipresent, and we are in His image we get a residual experience of His perfect love. We see even total pagans … More Love and Christianity
Well, I had another blog all ready to go. I kid you not it was about “Love.” I’ll bust it out in the next couple weeks, but any time something gigantic happens in the news I want to respond to it. A bad, evil dude walked into a little church in Texas and shot 20+ … More Church Shootings Are New, Church Persecutions Are Not
I’ve heard this phrase from people quite a bit over the years, “I didn’t feel fed.” I’ve heard it about churches, pastors, even myself. I find the phrase problematic for a couple reasons. First and foremost being that if you are only eating once a week on Sunday morning and expecting to ever be full, … More Your Pastor Isn’t Supposed to Feed You
If only it was for prayer… If you want Joe’s opinion (which I doubt you do, but hey, you clicked on my blog) I’ll give it in a nutshell. Players should get to do whatever they want. Owners should get to do whatever they want. The NFL should get to do whatever they want. Networks … More People Are Finally Kneeling!
Is it because God is angry at us? Was there a particular sin that one too many people committed? (Just so you know God, most Floridians don’t consider Miami as part of Florida. Their sins shouldn’t count towards the rest of ours. And most of us don’t consider central-time zone panhandlers as part of Florida … More Why God Is Bringing Hurricane Irma?