Do we love people who are gay?

When deciding whether or not to address the issue of homosexuality and same-sex marriage on this blog, I first set out to discover what other well known pastors thought about the subject.  I sought their wisdom and I asked myself “does it make sense to address this in such a public way?”  I decided in … [Read more…]

Can we heal our national division?

No.  But God can.  I know it sounds cliche’ but think about human nature for a moment.  Human beings tend to believe that anyone who disagrees with them is a de-facto…er…moron.  This has never been more true than it is today.  In today’s political and religious climate there is a tendency to discount opposing viewpoints … [Read more…]

Gossip – The Real Enemy

When Christ and the Apostles talked about gossip it was never categorized.  It was never said that if the gossip was “the truth” it was somehow ok.  Why?  Because “truth” is a highly subjective thing.  You think you’re telling “the truth”, but everything you believe is filtered through your own life experiences and prejudices.  Simply put, … [Read more…]

For I am not ashamed…even about tithing.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ”… even when it comes to the topic of tithes and offerings.  With all the abuse in some ministries (especially the TV variety), churches and pastors have backed away from the part of the gospel that talks about our finances.  But here’s a great truth: … [Read more…]

How to forgive those who never apologize

How to forgive someone who never apologizes. You can’t.  Here endeth the lesson.  Actually I’m just kidding though that sentiment isn’t far from the truth.  It is perhaps the most difficult thing you will ever accomplish…if you choose to do the really hard work.  There is perhaps nothing more difficult than living out daily forgiveness … [Read more…]

The Spiritual and the Secular

I find it rather interesting that the church in it’s effort to avoid “worldliness” rails against anything secular merely because it is not affiliated or associated with the church.  I recall as a young Christian in a rather conservative, charismatic church being told that I had to rid my life of all things secular.  Near … [Read more…]