My Dad is a giver. When we were kids, it was common for my Dad to pick up homeless people, bring them home, feed and clothe them and allow them to stay with us long enough to help them get on their feet. I don’t recall Mom ever complaining. She was always very hospitable andContinue reading “Tithing vs Stewardship”
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Love the Job You Hate
“I hate my job!” I have heard this statement so often and from so many people that I am almost convinced that most people are in jobs that they hate. I’m curious: Are you in a job that you hate but for whatever reason, you cannot leave?
God’s New Thing
“You don’t value old people!” The elderly deacon pointed his bony finger across my massive desk and into my face. I called upon every ounce of self-control to keep me from jumping out of my desk and using my pastoral authority to crush this misinformed aging leader who was so in love with the pastContinue reading “God’s New Thing”
A Life Without Regrets
Do you live with any regrets? This morning I awoke thinking about my life: what I have done and what I wish I could change. This is understandable since I am nearing the big 50 and my family and I are making a major move from the West Coast to the East Coast within theContinue reading “A Life Without Regrets”
You Big Baby
Imagine a newborn child; he is born healthy, all of his members and faculties are in working condition. As time progresses, the infant’s body seems to be developing normally but when it is time to crawl, he does not. When it is time to walk, he cannot since he has never developed the muscles andContinue reading “You Big Baby”
Happily Ever After?
Part of my job as a pastor is that I help couples in their marriages. I perform pre-marital, marital and even pre-divorce counseling. Honestly, most of the time, I don’t enjoy it until the couple is helped and they move into a healthy place in their relationship-than, it is a thrill! Today, I would likeContinue reading “Happily Ever After?”
Jesus: The Jewish Rabbi
The church today is diametrically different from her humble beginnings almost two thousand years ago.
Who Do You Think Jesus Is?
I have never made religious affiliation or belief in God a prerequisite for friendship. So, throughout my life I have had some very good friends who believe very differently than I do. (Some of my atheist, agnostic or anti-Christianity friends may be reading this blog and I want you to know that I loveContinue reading “Who Do You Think Jesus Is?”
Don’t Waste the Drama or the Pain
I was called to the hospital. My mom had been rushed there by the ambulance and all of her six children were called to meet her and the doctors in the intensive care unit. I was in my thirties, married and expecting my first child. I should also mention that I was (I am) aContinue reading “Don’t Waste the Drama or the Pain”
Sloppy Wet Kiss
There is an absolutely beautiful worship song named “How He Loves” written by John Mark McMillan but made famous by Kim Walker and jesusculture. The tagline says, “Now heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss and my heart turns violently inside of my chest…”How He Loves I sat in a class on worship andContinue reading “Sloppy Wet Kiss”