Imagine a door. Shut, it is an effective barrier to entry; open, it is an invitation to enter. What enables the same piece of wood, metal, or plastic to function in such opposite ways? It is the hinge on which the door swings. The door’s make-up is unchanged; its state, barrier or entry, is whollyContinue reading “THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS AND THE FALL OF MAN”

7 Reasons Churches Shouldn’t Celebrate Pastor Appreciation Month

As far as months go, October really stands out. Fall colors in the trees, lots of crisp mornings and clear nights, the sudden availability of pumpkin spice-flavored everything, and more. Unfortunately, it’s also Pastor Appreciation Month. It may seem strange that I, a pastor, would lament that this month has been unofficially but nonetheless nationally recognizedContinue reading “7 Reasons Churches Shouldn’t Celebrate Pastor Appreciation Month”

According To Plan: How Jesus Fulfills God’s Incredible Promise

“It doesn’t take long for everything to go wrong.” You could be forgiven if that is your initial thought when reading the Bible starting in Genesis. It is a thousand-page book, and everything is broken by page three. It was off to such a good start, too. Genesis 1: God creates everything, and everything isContinue reading “According To Plan: How Jesus Fulfills God’s Incredible Promise”

American Christian: Are You More Concerned with Your Border Wall than with Your Brother?

There’s been a great deal of hoopla on the interwebs regarding the prospective border wall between America and Mexico. All-caps cries have floated through cyber-space (“RAPISTS,” “BIGOTS,” & “HITLER” being among the most popular) from parties on each side of the issue. My electronic friends (at least those that the gatekeepers at Facebook deem worthyContinue reading “American Christian: Are You More Concerned with Your Border Wall than with Your Brother?”

King Jesus and the American Dream

Eliciting much sympathy for the American church is hard. It seems we have been blessed with more widespread freedom, leisure, and resources than any other geographically-defined group in Christian history. While brothers and sisters in Christ starve physically and endure persecution socially in places like North Korea, Pakistan, Somalia, and others, we sit, seemingly fatContinue reading “King Jesus and the American Dream”

This Christmas, Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle

It’s that time of year again: advertising season. I have always interpreted the 30 or so days beginning with Thanksgiving and culminating in Christmas as “the holidays.” But a disturbing trend has been evident in recent history: beginning around October 1stand carrying over into the New Year, retailers have bombarded America with advertisements, sales, and window displays.Continue reading “This Christmas, Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle”

It’s All About Him: How Every Book Of The Bible Points Us To Jesus

One of my favorite Bible verses is Luke 24:27 “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” (ESV) I love it because it reminds me that the reason for the Bible, all of it, is to point people to Jesus. It’s very easy to getContinue reading “It’s All About Him: How Every Book Of The Bible Points Us To Jesus”