Ugh. It turns out that we are more like pharisees than we are like Jesus. Barna proves it here. (Click for the study.) It's easy to just belly-ache and complain about how awful Christians are, but let's try something constructive. First, go read the parable of the prodigal son (so called). Imagine that you are … Continue reading More Like Pharisees.
UPDATE! I'm not removing this article, because I think that it was still a bad idea, but only because when seen out of context it's misunderstood. The creators of this piece have explained the context for this. We are SUPPOSED to be offended by the number, as it is, in the context of the Christmas … Continue reading How to Ruin Christmas
Incomplete metaphor alert. (I posted this this morning on a social media group. Thought some of y'all might like it.) Baseball fans. Matt Harvey just became a sermon illustration. Look, I get it. I don't play baseball or work in it, so I could be totally wrong, but as soon as they let a him … Continue reading Baseball fans. Matt Harvey just became a sermon illustration.
There are a number of articles floating around about the recent Pew Research study that supposedly shows that Christianity is declining. It's not a surprise to those of us who work in the church, but here's some interesting thoughts from this article. You’d think this news would concern those who care about the American church. … Continue reading “Good Riddance”
We despise it. It's that simple. As certain events have unfolded in the past few days, my social media feed has blown up with rhetoric from both sides of an issue that, in the 21st century in USAmerica, shouldn't even exist. I admit that in the midst of it all, I'm rather proud to be … Continue reading Methodism and Discrimination (TLDR version: NO!)
So, this weekend I am just sitting by and worshipping while others take the platform and lead... for the last time for a while... Watching and listening from the back in a place where very few people know much about me yet. New beginnings are interesting. I've been blessed to encounter more than a few … Continue reading All Things New
Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. Okay... this is a big one. Too often, we who say we follow Jesus are, let's be honest, lazy. We go to church and look to be "fed". We buy a book about something we already know plenty about, just to make ourselves feel … Continue reading Romans twelve, eleven