There is something addicting about home improvement shows. HGTV can keep my wife and I propped lifelessly on the couch for hours. We Americans love to think about making our homes bigger, better, and more appealing (read: envy-inducing). But all of that time spent dreaming about improving our own...
As I was stepping out of the back room onto the stage to lead the congregation in worship, my buddy said to me, “Don’t freak out, but Pamela Anderson is sitting in the front row.” I said what any worship leader would have said: “Yeah, right.” I grabbed my guitar...
When Paul preached the gospel in Thessalonica, it aroused quite an uproar. “These men who have turned the world upside down,” shouted the mob, “have come here also” (Acts 17:6). This scene drips with irony. Paul and his companions go into a large city and teach in one of...

A Soft Answer

I’m kind of a teddy bear. No, that’s not primarily a reference to my physique. Someone once told me that getting “rebuked” by me felt like getting a hug. Thanks? I’m pretty sure that the comment was meant as a compliment, and I took it as such, but it...
Oct 18th saw the passing of the one month mark of the Occupy Wall St.  movement.   30 days, 82 countries, 1500 cities and thousands upon thousands of people have made one thing abundantly clear:  at the very least, people are not satisfied with the status quo. Prior to offering...
Throughout the Bible, God’s people are accused of turning away from God and toward idols. Idolatry is the epitome of godlessness because it denies God his due worship and enthrones some other person or thing in his place. But biblically speaking, the greatest mass-producer of idols is God himself. Romans 1:18–25...
"Where did you go?" "To look ahead," said Gandalf. "And what brought you back…?" The wizard responded: "Looking behind." ~The Hobbit   It was only for a moment, but for me its memory will last. Having just finished grading some exams, I was bored. In search for a cure, I decided to check out the...
When God created humanity, he commissioned us to rule the earth (Gen 1). Animals, plants, land, and sea—it’s all under our dominion, and this includes the culture and civilization developed from creation. Since we are created in God’s image, we are to bring God’s rule to bear over all...
If the previous posts hold true: namely that OWS is indeed a global phenomena affecting hundreds of thousands of people that is an incredibly diversified in regard to how to make things better; what is the appropriate response for the church. Or, as Francis Schaeffer so aptly questioned “How...
Which would be more bothersome: Going to a doctor who is not a believer but recognizes the importance of spiritual health as it pertains to physical health, so encourages "spiritual treatment" as well as physical treatment.  or Going to the atheistic doctor who denies God's existence and just deals with the physical...
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