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Category: Current Issues and Theology

Christianity and Illegal Immigration

This gift given to us is free to us and costs us nothing to acquire, but that does not mean that this grace was free. No, for God this grace cost a heavy toll, the death of his Son

What is Faith?

But put us in a situation that’s outside of our spiritually safe comfort zone and we wilt. In those circumstances, our “faith” might cost us something.

Be A Parent Like God

This is not to say that children are not desperately wicked like the rest of us, they are, but their wickedness is far different from ours.

Been To India: Life Changing?

In contemplating my recent trip to India and what it means for my life, it occurred to me that a typical viewpoint of such a trip such is that it will be "life changing".

The Good Ole Days

"The reality of it is, the “good ole days” are a myth. A figment of our active imagination and short memories looking for reprieve from thoughtful interaction with the world around us because, well it means we have to change, and change can be really hard."

Ready For Use

"I am merely a paintbrush in the hand of God. When He chooses, I am available for use and for a very specific purpose."

The Sign Of True Calling

In every avenue, I have pursued it and in every avenue, it has been denied. For a really long time I thought that this just meant that I needed to wait just a little longer. But after some recent events...

Should A Woman Teach?

This is where many pastors stop, and in so doing mare the text with their antiquated misunderstanding of the original language. In my mind, with texts like this the original language is where the pastor/theologian should be working, not from their English translation.

Follow Jesus Not Your Heart

One of the most effective lies ever given to man from the forces of darkness has been, “follow your heart.” Seems like a pretty harmless saying doesn’t it? I’ve found that Satan’s most impressive lies are those that sound the most like truth.

A Reality Check

My how the world has its priorities all messed up? I’ve seen more outrage over a lion being killed on an African hunt over the last 24 hours then I would ever care to see. I’ve seen more outrage over the last several weeks regarding the confederate flag’s defense then I’ve ever thought possible in the twenty-first century. My how we have our priorities all screwed up. I have seen more Christians champion these two causes (and many others over the years) that have made my stomach churn and my head shake in astonishment. Logic, simple logic has gone out of the window in favor of a rationale that defies the very word itself.

Making Jesus Facepalm

Well, I figured it was time that I write another reaction article to a piece someone shared on Facebook. Now this certainly isn’t a unique post, an article like this one comes across my feed almost daily where people share an article that doesn’t deserve any attention and usually they deal with how Christians bully other people. Granted, some Christians could use a lesson in grace, and some could use a lesson in tact. In the article authored by Stephen Mattson titled, “6 Bad Habits Christians Should Drop” he gives a rather brief list of things he deems harmful to Christianity.

Racism, Evil, and Hope

Last Wednesday night as I sat in a pew in my own church, another church experienced something straight out of a horror film. If you live in America, you know what I am referencing. A young white man, whom I will not name, walked into a church that was predominately black and asked if he could speak with the pastor. He then proceeded to shoot and kill 9 people, including the pastor. Now, some are willing to make excuses for this young man stating mental illness, and instability or are diluted enough to believe that this entire scenario was not motivated by racism.

Sunday Is Coming…

My favorite day of the year is upon us…a day that I am surprised is not more important and more celebrated by Christians everywhere. Sure, we go to a service…but are we really celebrating what has occurred in the tomb? Is going to a service and going to a family member’s house for dinner really what Easter is about…or is there something more. Having a son…I am trying to think on ways that he can understand the importance of Easter.