The most hated concept in the Bible is love

Based on actions, I find that love is the most hated concept in Scripture. Love is the most wanted yet least acted on focal point in Christianity. Often the worst perpetrators are those who scold the church for being judgmental and unloving. If we are honest with ourselves, there really is very few people who […]

Will we hear 2016 lessons or miss them?

The Christmas Story covers many aspects of the human condition: faithfulness, suspense, disruption, intrigue, hope, destruction, pride, apathy, humility, joy, celebration, worship, and Jesus to name a few. Matthew, a tax collector, tells of a story that should rattle us this season. The story deals with apathy vs pursuit. The character to focus on, the […]

Why the church is doing just fine…

The crying out on the state of the church is huge, massive, and honestly misplaced. Much of it stems from the impression that we control the church instead of Jesus. In a conversation with a person decrying the status of the North American church, I stated: “You know you’re talking about Jesus’ bride, right?” There […]

What is the Flag?

To protest or not protest? An idol or not an idol? It seems the flag of our country is a debated item these days. The freedom of speech means we can protest. That phrase is often repeated. As is the often repeated statements of lament on issues of oppression. What then is the flag? I’ve […]

Why go to church?

This questions was raised recently and I thought I had blogged on it. I did, but never posted it. In today’s religious climate, much of what people can gain from going to church can be seemingly obtained from other avenues. What makes going to church unique is something that is critical for the church to […]

Love your neighbor

Jesus did a plain summary of the Torah: Love God, love your neighbor. The amazing thing about the Bible, the Old Testament in particular, is how many levels it works on. Too often we regulate the Bible as merely a theological book and fail to realize it is so much more. Loving your neighbor is […]

A big vocabulary is not a vice

Big vocabulary, complexity, and academia are not a vices. Too often I am seeing pushback when smart people use big words, many words, or complexity. We need to stop with the anti-intellectualism. Trichotomy The Bible takes three views on a person: wise, foolish, and naive. Only one is acceptable. In Proverbs to be truly wise […]