Must We Be Puritan Again?

Growing up, I pictured Puritans similar to Quaker’s. A hillside community, of limited technology, Thee’s and Thou’s flowing from suspender laden elders, and bun braided wives atop horse-drawn carriages accusing young women of witchcraft. But, brief interactions with the Puritans through […]

Do Good to Those Who Hate You

“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you…” – Luke 6:27 When we preach this famous text in America, our interpretation can lend toward a dire reach of overly simplistic applications – Does anyone here have an enemy? […]

Did You Receive the Call Today?

“Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men.” – Luke 5:10 In the very first call of a disciple, we see the effectual and inescapable call of God exemplified. It is the perfect original masterpiece of a process […]

Stop Following Celebrity Hell

“out of the overflow of his heart, the mouth speaks…” – Luke 6:45 We are following too many people and too many of the wrong people! One of the byproducts of social media has become an overage of “following” for we’ve […]

Two Pigeons on the Altar

“a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons…” – Luke 2:24 Have we given our two young pigeons? Many theologians believe that Jesus grew up in a modest, if not poor, home. The evidence substantiated by Mary and Joseph’s sacrifice […]

A Note to World Vision

Update 3/26/14 3:30pm PST World Vision Reverses Their Decision to Allow Gay Marriage Among Employees Christianity Today reports that, “World Vision’s American branch will no longer require its more than 1,100 employees to restrict their sexual activity to marriage between […]

How To Know if You’re Called by God

Allow me to introduce a man whom I deeply respect. His name is Ray. I won’t give his last name because he’d be upset at the recognition. At almost 70, Pastor Ray is a cowboy, cut from the old cloth […]

Rated M – How Far is Too Far?

Five week’s of Culture War sermons has prepared us for this Sunday! Every Christian has or will be confronted with “gray areas”. Gray areas are the practices, responses, or opportunities that are not seemingly mentioned in Holy Scripture but still […]

His Glory is Your Satisfaction

“And you will know that I am the Lord…” – Ezekiel 6:7 The book of Ezekiel is replete with statements like this, wherein God consistently unveils Himself to an obdurate, obstinate, and stubborn people. And, in this statement we see […]

Fakebook, Instasham, & Sexflix

Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter. On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We […]