Has this ever happened to you? A discussion turns to religion and someone states their viewpoint about God, the Bible, Jesus, or religion in general. Their thinking is very different from yours. How do you respond? How about at 36,000 feet?♦… Read More ›
The Christian Bloody Mary
It’s stories like this that give Christianity a bad name. But a life, any life, even with a mix of evil, pride, bitterness, and anger, can be a sad reflection of the human quest for love and validation. Even in… Read More ›
The Personal Spiritual Assessment Test
There’s a very simple Spiritual Self-Assessment Test embedded in the New Testament. It’s in one of the parables or stories told by Jesus. It reflects much about us and our response to God, even over a lifetime. ♦ The Parable of… Read More ›
Oh, Yeah, It’s Easter Time
Easter is approaching. Oddly, this means different things to different people. As for Jesus, He approached this season, and the culmination of final events in His life, very curiously and deliberately. ♦ Depending on your locale, sometime between Spring Break and… Read More ›
Jesus, Socialism, and Politics
Managing the public sector is difficult and fraught with corruption, incompetence, and no shortage of varied opinions and approaches. How would Jesus perceive this political storm? Who would Jesus vote for? ♦ I’m prompted to step in the murky realm of… Read More ›
Feeling Distant From God?
Does God feel far away? Do you think He’s just not concerned about your life and situation? Maybe it’s punishment for your behavior? You’re trying but it just isn’t giving you any peace. ♦ The business owner was struggling with employee… Read More ›
What’s Your Testimonial Story?
Who you are and what you believe is actually reflected in your own Testimonial Story. What does your Story say about you and your faith? ♦ I recently had a friend share a short story with me that he’d written. It… Read More ›
So What About Hanukkah?
Is it my imagination or do we just not hear as much “Happy Hanukkah” these days? And what’s the real story behind Hanukkah anyway? ♦ I remember as a kid how we used to say “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!” everywhere… Read More ›
When Bad Things Happen
“How can I believe in God when bad things happen?” Christians seem less and less able to articulate answers that satisfy a growing, skeptical public. ♦ “How can I believe in God when bad things happen? Why does God allow this?… Read More ›
Holy Spirit Breakdown?
Guilt will wear one down. Real healing and restoration comes not from therapists, medication, and good intentions, but rather from depths of faith. How do you do that? ♦ I had a friend approach me this week about an old friend of… Read More ›
Are You the Real Deal or Something Less?
We tell ourselves and others that we really love and trust God, but we really love and trust ourselves more. ♦ There’s an intriguing story in the New Testament’s Book of Acts about a man named Cornelius who had a supernatural… Read More ›
So What’s a Christian Cult?
Cults are not necessarily what you might think? Christian cults are very alluring and attractive to the vulnerable masses. Who are these groups? Why do they prosper? What are the key characteristics that identify them? ♦ Many consider cults to be religious or semi-religious sects… Read More ›