Going Through the Motions

Even though I’ve been a Christian for 30 years, have advanced degrees in theology, and have been a pastor for 16 years, there are times when a scripture catches me by surprise. Genesis chapter four was recently one of these passages. This passage deals with an...

Why have relationships?

It’s always interesting to me how much most of us, myself often included, long to be like the many rich and famous people we see on television and social media. It’s interesting to me because, when you think about it, many of them have oversized problems to go with...

The Grass is Always Greener…

I’ve recently witnessed an interesting phenomenon. I regularly hear people from my home country, the United States, complain about all that is wrong with our country. My social media is regularly full of all the problems my compatriots (of various persuasions) have...

Putting Faith into Action

If most of us are brutally honest, we’ve likely ascribed to the following formula at some point: minimal effort + maximum reward= a good life! This is a big reason lotteries and slot machines are so popular. You put in a little (a few bucks), but have the opportunity...

Live with Jesus’ Gift

When I was in high school our youth group attended a regional youth gathering. One night, one of my friends responded to the altar call, tears welling in his eyes. He shared with our group that he had been far from God, including drinking and having sex. He confessed...