Loyalty

Loyalty

We need more loyalty in our world. There’s not much of it around these days. I think it’s time to craft a Sunday message on this topic. I just had to hear how a dear friend of mine was recently treated by someone and it really breaks my heart and quite frankly ticks me off. That’s loyalty. We should feel one another’s pain. Read more about Loyalty

Running from what you need most.

Running from what you need most.

Human nature is a strange thing.  Our nature often works contrary to our personal good.  This is most obvious when it comes to how most Christians respond in times of duress.  I have observed that more often than not, when a person goes through a very trying time, the most common reaction to the life stress is to stop coming to church.  I have often wondered why this is so.  Read more about Running from what you need most.

Anger and Offense

Anger and Offense

Here’s a simple observation.  You don’t even really need to wrong someone for them to be angry with you.  And once the anger starts, watch out!

I have noticed a whole bunch lately among many people, that you don’t really have “do anything” to someone for them to get mad at you.  Some of the most common causes of the anger I see between people are: “I don’t agree with you”, “I don’t agree with your choice”, “I don’t like something you said”, “you don’t give me enough attention”, “you don’t do things the way I think they should be done”, “you don’t agree with ME!”, “you don’t give me what I want”…among others. Read more about Anger and Offense

What is… A Pastor’s Wife?

What is… A Pastor’s Wife?

What is a pastor’s wife?  Well, she’s a wife.  Duh.  In most church circles, there is an expectation thrust upon the woman who is married to the pastor.  We call it “the pastor’s wife”.  In some circles she’s known as “the First Lady”.  In other circles, she’s “Pastor” herself by virtue of being married to the Senior Pastor.  Whatever title you want to apply, it’s clear that in most churches these days the pastor’s wife is a position that comes with being married to the pastor.  Yet in scripture we see nothing of the kind.  It’s sad to me that the woman who decides to marry the man she loves, because he is a pastor must submit to a rigorous set of expectations by the church in which her husband serves.  I tell my wife all the time: “You are not the pastor’s wife!  You are a woman who married a man who happens to be a pastor”.  Therefore I have no expectations of my wife beyond being my wife…and my love. Read more about What is… A Pastor’s Wife?

What’s a Christian?

What’s a Christian?

What I find very interesting are the various responses when this question is asked of church people.  Whether we realize it or not, we ask that question in one way or another all the time of each other, we just don’t realize it.  For instance, whenever we pass judgment on another person with the subtext “I thought they were Christian”, we are actually asking the question of each other.  And sadly, our responses usually focus on things that have absoultely nothing to do with what makes up a “true Christian”.  Ok, confused yet?   Read more about What’s a Christian?

Is there hope for this thing?

Is there hope for this thing?

One thing I like to think about myself is that I’m a fairly optimistic guy.  So take the following comments in that light.  The question Du Jour (for me) is: “Is there hope for this thing called The Church?”  Here’s what makes me ask the question.  In The Church (speaking of the church everywhere) I have run into some of the most troubling people I’ve ever met.  Some quick words that come to mind are: Judgmental, hypocritical, hyper-sensitive, and above all: LEGALISTIC.  Read more about Is there hope for this thing?

At all cost

At all cost

Job said “Though He slay me, I will hope in Him.” I have had reason as of late to really ponder those words. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t compare my life to Job, that would be silly. Compared to the persecution of our brothers and sisters all over the world who are literally dying for Christ, my life is of no comparison. Yet we would all agree that life often gives us great difficulty, much of it beyond our ability to handle. So when that happens what do we do? Read more about At all cost

Legalism Kills

Legalism Kills

I count myself fortunate to have experienced many different modes of church. In my early life I was part of a fairly liberal church where, with the exception of church traditions such as the way you dress, and the type of music used, there wasn’t much legalism. In this environment, anything went. There wasn’t much said about the Bible’s stance on moral issues. These ideas were left completely to the individual to sort out. Of course with this, was a complete lack of biblical teaching on moral issues. Then later in life, I attended a strict, legalistic church where the pastor was in charge. From the pulpit we were indoctrinated with every form of church legalism known to man. We were told how to dress, what music to listen to, what moral decisions to make on just about every topic you can think of. Read more about Legalism Kills

Out of the Huddle

Out of the Huddle

I was at Willow Creek’s Leadership Summit this year and WOW did God ever speak to us. In times like these it’s very easy for people to become self-focused. Money’s tight, people are losing their homes, jobs are tenuous or nonexistent… times are tough! So yeah, it’s very easy to be self-focused. And truth be told, being self-focused isn’t a bad thing…it’s often necessary. Read more about Out of the Huddle