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...

From Guilt, to Grace, to Hope

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 These are some of the most familiar, beloved, and memorized words in all of Scripture. Yet, as familiar as they...

Our Own Worst Enemies

There are plenty of things that keep people away from God: our worldly culture, business, allure of other religions, temptation, individuals passionately opposed to the church, Satan, and more. Yet, in my experience, near the top of the list of factors keeping people...

Stop blaming others

Ten years ago, I had a doctor’s appointment that, well, didn’t go very well. The doctor informed me that by pretty much every standard I was unhealthy. I was 100 pounds overweight, borderline diabetic, had high cholestrol, various stomach issues, and more....

Relationships are a Gift

One of the many awesome gifts God has given humanity is the ability to have deep and powerful relationships with one another. What other creatures have the ability to have the sort of deep relationships that we as humans have? Because we have been gifted the ability...

God will forgive you if you ask.

Psalm 26:1-3   New International Version   1 Vindicate me, Lord,     for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the Lord     and have not faltered. 2 Test me, Lord, and try me,     examine my heart and my mind; 3 for I have always been mindful of your...