Digested But Untested

Glasses on Bible 2

“Believers think of themselves as individuals first, Americans second, and Christians third. Until that prioritization is rearranged, the Church will continue to lose influence, and biblical principles will represent simply one more option among the numerous worldviews that Americans may choose from." - George Barna “Prove all things; hold fast what is good.” - I Thessalonians 5: 21 Ask a roomful of believers if they’re all on the same page, and they’re likely to say yes. Ask them to then read aloud from the page they’re on individually, Continue Reading

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

Love Thy Jerk

Jerk

“We don’t devote enough scientific research to finding a cure for jerks.” - Bill Watterson   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

Releasing Your Wounder

forgive

We’ve all got them – wounds, past injuries of the soul that still show themselves, either in the way we relate, or the pain we feel. I've learned a lot by examining my own, and those of the people I've been blessed to work with over the years. Continue Reading

A Little Help?

dove

“Nevertheless, I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.” -Jesus to His followers, John 16: 7           The first time I read this verse I had to re-read it at least three times, it made so little sense to me. How could Christ’s disciples possibly be better off without Him? And for that matter, how could the world itself be better off without His physical presence in it? Well, sure, it’s not an either/or. We don’t choose Continue Reading

Gungor and the Fallible Jesus

Gungor

“And even if He (Jesus) was wrong, even if He did believe that Noah was a historical person, or Adam was a historical person, and ended up being wrong, I don’t understand how that would deny the divinity of Christ,” “The point is it wouldn’t freak me out if He was wrong about it, in His human side.” “Even if Jesus knew that Noah and Adam were mythical, but knew He was talking to people who thought they were real, that’s another possibility.” -recent comments by Christian singer/songwriter Michael Gungor Maybe this hits you hard; maybe Continue Reading

You’re Grounded!

lemon tree

That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,  may be able to comprehend with all saints what [is] the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;  and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. - Ephesians 3:17-19 There’s a large flowerpot in my backyard, perched a few yards from my lemon tree, both of which have been there for decades. Both are part of the yard, certainly,  but one of them is portable, while the other, deeply Continue Reading

Robin Williams and the Dark Plunge

Robin Williams

(I’m reposting this message with a few updates in light of the Robin Williams tragedy, 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