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?
I suppose the phrases on this list aren’t like outright lies, they’re just horribly incomplete or extremely misleading. Even if I know what they are going for, I’d rather just replace them with better phrases that can catch on. So here are the phrases on today’s chopping block: “Preach the Gospel at all times, and … More “When Necessary Use Words” and Other Misleading Christian Phrases
I’ve written about Worldviews before in Worldviews Simplified So if you don’t know what I mean by Worldviews feel free to brush-up there. Now, I want to apply the discussion of worldviews by looking at how each worldview looks at the different races. This is not to say that certain worldviews are more prone to racism … More A Worldview of Racism
I’ve been around a lot of death. As a pastor, church members die pretty regularly. As a healthcare chaplain, my patients died weekly. Funerals can be a little tricky at times, balancing kind sentiments with truthfulness. I’m always fascinated by whether people seem ready or scared, and whether they want to die unexpectedly in their … More Christian Funeral Clichés
Fact – He’s real. He’s more than just a personification of evil. He is described in Scripture as a being that can be actually interacted with. He has personality and is labeled with pronouns. Fact – He is a fallen angel. He is not some other sort of being. I tend to put angels as … More Satan – Fact vs. Fiction