Category: Life & Learning

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… Continue Reading “Will we hear 2016 lessons or miss them?”

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… Continue Reading “What is the Flag?”

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… Continue Reading “Why go to church?”

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… Continue Reading “Love your neighbor”

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… Continue Reading “A big vocabulary is not a vice”

You’re unique unless…

You are unique, unless you are a boy. Then you are just trouble. We say people should be themselves, unless you are a boy. Then you are just trouble. We say education should be equal, unless you are a boy. Then you are just… Continue Reading “You’re unique unless…”

The cure

Incivility will not cure incivility. Bigotry will not cure bigotry. Anger will not cure anger. Pride will not cure pride. Graciousness is the balm for incivility. Compassion is ointment for bigotry. Forgiveness is surgery to heal anger. Servanthood is the hospital for curing pride.

To my friends both right and left

  We read reports of those on the right causing dissention, dividing, being bigoted, etc.. In those spheres there is no disagreement, so it must be true.  We read reports of those on the left causing dissention, dividing, being bigoted, etc.. In those spheres  there… Continue Reading “To my friends both right and left”

Think. Judge. Redeem.

Let us change the discussion from navel gazing at ‘the why’ of our problems and look to solutions. One sentence on the why of the “church” problems: Unbiblical thinking combined with lack of thought and theology leads to poor discernment and a mess. Now… Continue Reading “Think. Judge. Redeem.”

Do kids really matter?

It may seem odd to raise this question, but it’s one I think needs to be raised. We often say “Of course kids matter!” Though I wonder if our actions line up with that. For my boyz, today is the first day of school.… Continue Reading “Do kids really matter?”