Watergate and Easter

Watergate and Easter
Watergate was arguably the greatest political scandal in the history of our nation.  Seven high-ranking members of the Nixon administration were indicted of crimes related to the break-in a the Watergate office comples and subsequent cover-up.  Among those was Chuck Colson who served as Special Counsel to the President. During his prison term at Alabama’s Maxwell penitentiary, ...

Thinking that leads to peace and power

Thinking that leads to peace and power
So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.  For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will.  Romans 8.6-7 (NLT) Oslo, Norway has a big problem.  It has to do ...

Coming alongside in someone’s moment of pain

Coming alongside in someone's moment of pain
This past week, I had a conversation with a brother in Christ who is at a point of pain.  He’s at a moment of crisis in his life.  It’s not just one thing.  It’s a storm of different challenges.  There’s no simple answer.  He feels surrounded by problems and disappointments that he just doesn’t have any ...

What do I believe about obedience?

What do I believe about obedience?
Act I – Adam, Eve, and the fateful choice Adam and Eve.  There they were, living in a vast world that could only be described as PARADISE.  They had access to an amazing world and they had been placed in positions of authority and responsibility of this creation. In this place of remarkable wildlife, flora and ...

The Long Road to Spiritual Growth

The Long Road to Spiritual Growth
Healthy living things grow.  If you have a three month old baby and that child is healthy, then you won’t have to teach them to walk, they will just start walking here in the next year or so.  You don’t have to urge them to grow.  If they’re healthy, it will happen naturally. Healthy disciples ...

The Value of Old Testament Law 1

The Value of Old Testament Law
It’s easy to think that as Christians we no longer need to concern ourselves with the Law in the Old Testament.  There are a number of reasons why we still need the Law.  Let me share just three big things the Law does for us.   1. Demonstration – The Law defines sin and exposes my ...

Marriage – Contract or Covenant?

Marriage - Contract or Covenant?
53% of marriages in the United States will end in divorce.  If you aren’t a Christ follower, this may not seem like a big deal.  “Hey, the marriage just didn’t work out.”  “Hey, we both agree after giving it a try that it wasn’t a good idea for us to get married in the first ...

Ancient Wisdom 1

Ancient Wisdom
Ancient Wisdom about the Lord Jesus from Gregory of Nazianzus, 381 A.D.  He began His ministry by being hungry, yet He is the Bread of Life. Jesus ended His earthly ministry by being thirsty, yet He is the Living Water. Jesus was weary, yet He is our rest. Jesus paid tribute, yet He is the King. ...

What Happened to Evangelism 1

What Happened to Evangelism
More and more, I hear church leaders express sadness and confusion over the fact that their congregations aren’t leading more people to Jesus.  Few new Christians occupy their pews.  The baptistery is used, almost exclusively, to immerse the children of church members. What happened to evangelism? Honestly, a lot of traditional evangelism methods stopped working ...

God – Why the question matters 1

God - Why the question matters
If God exists, then. . . Life has meaning.  Life has purpose.  Eternal life isn’t a pipedream, it’s a reality.  A relationship with God is possible.  Evil and injustice will not go unpunished. The consequences of this question are too important to be ignored.  Of course,  the significance of the God question does not, in and of ...