Category: Life

Processing the Pain of Senseless Evil

  “Sometimes something useless happens on earth. Bad things happen to good people, and good things happen to bad people…” (Ecclesiastes 8:14, NCV)   How To Respond to Tragedy   1. RELEASE MY GRIEF.  “They are blessed who grieve, for

3 Menaces of a Mob Mentality

What’s Everyone So Mad About? It seems the newest craze is to be crazy! Everywhere you look it seems someone is mad about something and they’re taking their anger to the streets. With signs waving and shouts screaming it feels

4 Ways to Embrace Every Race

  Recent events have reminded us that racial tension is alive and well in America. Tempers flared and sides are quickly drawn. The advances we’ve made in racial reconciliation over the last 50 years are fragile and easily shattered. Even

Why You Should NOT Give Money to that Homeless Person

There he is again. The guy at the corner holding his sign, hoping that sympathetic travelers will donate some money to his cause. I realize that, as a pastor, I risk being vilified by my own constituency. “Pastor, doesn’t the

6 Things Your Spiritual Gifts Won’t Do

I’ve been a Christian for over 35 years now. I remember the excitement I felt when I first learned about spiritual gifts. It felt like I was uncovering some secret mystery of the universe. I wanted everything God had for

The Power of Catharsis

The date was May 21, 2008. I was meeting with a local pastor talking shop when an urgent phone call came in. On the other end of the phone was a police chaplain who lovingly shared with me that my

How to Get Through What You’re Going Through

Ever felt like the odds are stacked against you? Like whatever you try goes bad? Yeah, well then you’re in pretty good company. A lot of Christians really believe that following Christ prevents problems, but that’s just not true.  Sometimes

What Should be Our Response to the Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage?

Unless you’ve been in a coma for the last few days, you’ve heard that on Friday, June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled in a 5-4 split decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

The Erosion of the Family in America

Erosion occurs when the forces of the environment eat away the foundation on which we are relying. The American family has been suffering from erosion for many decades. Although the process has been slow, and in the past subtle, the

The Undeniable Test of Character

A preacher asked the audience, “If you squeeze an orange, what comes out?” “Orange juice!” someone yelled out. “Wrong!” he answered. “You get out of it whatever’s inside of it. You don’t really know what’s on the inside of something