When Consciences Collide: Making Sense of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Indiana

“It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others.” -Thomas Jefferson Been There, Done That Had That Done to Me Amidst all of today’s clamor over discrimination based on religious or moral standards, I’m remembering an incident when I was on the receiving end of it myself. Continue Reading

When War Isn’t Hell

Weary Soldier

"If you have no temptations it is because the devils are your friends, your leaders, and your shepherds. And by allowing you to pass your poor life tranquilly, to the end of your days, they will drag you down into the depths." -St. Gregory Continue Reading

“My Husband’s Not Gay” – Appreciation, Concerns, and Random Thoughts

My Husbands Not Gay

Update: Tomorrow, January 14, I will be discussing this on-air with radio host Kevin Bolling on his show Knowing the Truth. To hear the show tomorrow, click here     It was pretty bold of The Learning Channel to present last night’s show “My Husband’s Not Gay.” Continue Reading

Unbridled

Bridle

  Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee. -Psalms 32:9  If we belong to Him, then one way or another, we’ll be led by Him. How? Well, that’s largely up to us. Continue Reading

The Transsexual Dilemma – Part 4 of a 5 Part Series

Gender

The growing support for transsexualism in the culture, plus the growing number of voices within the Church calling for us to not only to show respect and compassion to transsexuals (a very sound idea) but approval as well (wrong option) has prodded me to post, in a five-part series, an article I wrote on the subject six years ago for the Christian Research Journal. (You can find the entire article it in its original form here)   Continue Reading

The Transsexual Dilemma: Part 3 of a Five Part Series

Gender

The growing support for transsexualism in the culture, plus the growing number of voices within the Church calling for us to not only to show respect and compassion to transsexuals (a very sound idea) but approval as well (an unsound option) has prodded me to post, in a five-part series, an article I wrote on the subject six years ago for the Christian Research Journal.    (You can find the entire article it in its original form here)   Continue Reading

The Walking Wounded

Walking Wounded

“Without your wound where would your power be? The very angels themselves cannot persuade the wretched and blundering children on earth as can one human being broken on the wheels of living. In love’s service only the wounded soldiers can serve.” -Thornton Wilder Now I see why I always cry at the end of Our Town. Thornton Wilder had a grasp on language and the human soul which leaves me flabbergasted. And he’s bringing up something in this quote I’ve thought over for years, and have reluctantly come to believe: my best qualities spring Continue Reading

When the Young and the Restless Leave Church

Young People Quitting Church

My son had some disturbing news to share the other day. He attended an event where several of his old friends who had graduated from his youth group showed up. When he asked how they were doing, too many of them explained that, since moving on from the high school ministry, they’d left the faith for various reasons. Of course, others still had their relationship with God intact, but he was understandably sad. I’m understandably disturbed. And the worst of it is, the ranks of older adolescents shifting from church to unbelief seem to be Continue Reading

The Shoulder Ride

Lost Sheep

The Shoulder Ride Perverse and foolish oft I strayed and yet in love He sought me And on His shoulder gently laid, and home, rejoicing, brought me. -Henry W. Baker, “The King of Love My Shepherd Is”           Yesterday my pastor preached a dynamite sermon on the parable of the lost sheep (Luke 15) and made a point I’d never considered before: the shepherd had to have been tired from his search, but for the joy of finding it, he also found the strength to hoist the animal up and tote him back. Continue Reading

ISIS, Charles Manson, and Redemption

Cross in the Dark

“Be not overcome with evil, but overcome evil with good.” -Romans 12:21 It doesn’t sink in easily. Whole families are being slaughtered, children are executed in the most barbaric of ways, and the evil which is ISIS seems all too proud of what the rest of us recoil from. It’s very, very hard to believe the photos and videos making the rounds today are authentic. Surely it’s a repulsive joke; nobody could really do that. Continue Reading