The Best, Not the Most

Cher in "Moonstruck"

“So maybe my nature does draw me to you. That doesn’t mean I have to go with it. I can say yes to some things, and no to some things that are gonna ruin everything. I can do that. Otherwise, you know, what good is this life God gave us?” -from the film “Moonstruck”   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

The Content of our Character

Maturity

“I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.” -I Corinthians 3:2           I’ve got it backwards. The evidence of my physical maturity is glaring, while the signs of my spiritual maturity aren’t nearly as obvious. And that’s troubling, because a boy in a man’s body is a very unattractive thing. Continue Reading

Wanting

Lust

There are many men who have much less than me, Day by day, they make their way And they find more in life than I can see Tell me when will I learn to resist wanting things, Touching things that say, ‘Do not touch’ -“Wanting Things” from the musical “Promises, Promises” It’s a cruel fact of life in this fallen world that we want more than (and other than) what we really need. Continue Reading

The Conservative Dinosaur

Dinasour Con

Come, come, my conservative friend, wipe the dew off your spectacles, and see that the world is moving. -Elizabeth Cady Stanton A woman stomped up to me after I’d spoken to a church a few years ago, stuck her finger in my face and hissed, “Your days are numbered!” I’d just preached on the sanctity of life and the definition of marriage and family, all of which, she predicted, were beliefs soon to exit America’s value system. “Your time is over” she repeated several times, identifying herself as a committed liberal Christian whose Continue Reading

“Tear Down This Wall”

Berlin Wall

Walls work both ways. Some keep enemies out, guarding the freedom and safety of the citizens, while others make captives out of free men. The difference is in the purpose. One wall protects; the other enslaves, and the contrast between a fortress and a prison is a mighty big one. So it was with real joy that we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s demise yesterday. Erected in 1961 and intact until 1989, it prevented East Germans from leaving their Communist society, while claiming to protect the very people it imprisoned. Continue Reading

The Joy of Awful

upset wife

“A person overtly expresses distress, but it is covertly gratified at the prospect of the satisfaction they can wring from their misfortune.” – Dr. Eric Berne, Games People Play Even as a child, dynamics between people interested me. I was ten years old when Eric Berne’s classic Games People Play was published, and since I helped myself regularly to my parent’s reading material, I dove into the book, intrigued by the title. I understood about half of it, but the 50% my boy brain could glean really stuck with me, and darned if the years Continue Reading

Assessing “God and the Gay Christian” – Part I

Vines

Why Bother? Today’s church is being asked – pressured, really – to follow the culture’s lead, and the culture is leading towards wholesale approval of homosexuality. So Matthew Vine’s new book God and the Gay Christian is a fresh, eloquent, and well publicized addition to the pressure. If Vines had authored an argument for immersion baptism as opposed to sprinkling, or for a Mid-Tribulation Rapture viewpoint instead of a Pre-Tribulation one, or for the continuation of the gift of tongues as opposed to its extinction, then I’d say Yawn to Continue Reading

Point Man

Points

“Every relationship that has hit a crossroads has asked, ‘What is it that you want from me?’” ― Shannon L. Alder           Guys talk a lot about making points with their ladies. Continue Reading

Darts Among Friends

Othello relating his adventures

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. - Ephesians 5:16 In Shakespeare’s Othello the evil character Iago acts out his hatred for one man, and his contempt for people in general, by dividing. He whispers insinuations to Othello, then to his beloved wife Desdemona, and his caption Cassio as well, arousing suspicions between them as he manipulates each against the other. In the end, lives are lost and hearts are broken, all because people believed Iago’s lies and acted on Continue Reading