A student asked me this question the other day. I actually really liked it. I guess I’ve been asked similar questions in the past but I don’t think ever quite like this. So, I did what I do – I start rambling until I get some good footing and finally actually answer the question. To … More Could God Be Lying when He Said He Doesn’t Lie?
Well, the answer is “yes,” but I want you to understand the full implications of it. I think everyone wants to be friendly with their pastor (well most people). I would also say most people want to spend time with their pastor, but friendship is different. Friendship has connotation of mutual and consistent engagement. I … More Can You Be Friends with Your Pastor?
Everybody dies. We only have 3 recorded cases of people not dying. Enoch, Elijah, and Jesus. (Jesus died and resurrected but then didn’t die again, everyone else that resurrected assumedly died again later.) So I suppose the real question is, why does God seem to be so involved with the death and killing of the … More Why Is There So Much Death and Killing in the Old Testament?
Ok, maybe it won’t be hard to forget everything we know about monks. I think we know like 3 things. Monks wear long robes, do something weird with their hair, and live in compounds in the mountain with other dudes. That’s probably 80% of what you know. Now, there’s some good reasons for those thought … More Forget Everything You Know about Monks
I’m not accustomed to grief, despite experiencing it now; but I regularly speak to people in their moments of sorrow. I think often of a quote from Tim Keller, “We can be sure our prayers are answered precisely in the way we would want them to be answered if we knew everything God knows.” And … More A Sit-down with the Creator and Savior
My little baby, who had no name, who I knew nothing about, had no heartbeat today. He never saw my face, he never heard my voice, but he was loved by me, and he felt the love of his mother. I thought he was going to complete our family, and without this little … More At the Mountains of Sadness
I’m more of a social media observer than I am a participator, but I’m concerned about how my Christian brothers and sisters are engaged in the political discourse. It’s not an easy political or social landscape out there right now. Whatever you agree or disagree on will have harsh critics on the other side. I don’t want … More Christian Guidelines for Social Media Use
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
Maybe you’ve heard about the book or read an article on the concept of “When Helping Hurts.” There’s no doubt this is a real phenomenon. Basically, picture this: A natural disaster happens such as the earthquake in Haiti a few years back and people start sending in donations. USAID uses the money donated to buy millions … More When Helping Actually Helps
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