Happy Thanksgiving. Here's a quick thought exercise. Ask yourself this question: With whom would you trade your life? Is there someone you know - or think you know - whose life seems to be significantly better than yours, such that if you were to switch places, you would be happier and more content than you … Continue reading With whom would you trade your life?
Maybe the Titanic isn't the best name to use; the ship is - after all - known best not for floating but for sinking. This is, however, what people would tell you is quickly happening to the Christian Church in the United States. I beg to differ. If the Christian Church appears to be sinking, … Continue reading Turning the Titanic in 2019: 5 reasons the Church is primed for growth
And when they saw Him they worshiped Him, but some doubted! He was dead and sealed in a tomb, where He remained for at least 36 hours. He was alive and walked among them, even letting them touch the nail holes in His hands and feet. Later, when Paul tells the details (1 Corinthians 15), … Continue reading …But some doubted.
"There was a day when many of the Israelites found themselves in bondage in Babylon. There was a king of Babylon by the name of Nebuchadnezzar, you read about him a good deal in the book of Daniel, and it stands as an epic that will remain stenciled on the mental sheets of unfolding generations. … Continue reading “But if not…” -A Sermon by Rev. King
Our kids are great bicycle riders. For all 3 of them, we took the training wheels off right about their 4th birthday. For our youngest, that was this week. The face of independence. As a parent, there is something exhilarating about letting go for the first time, and watching your offspring wobble down the sidewalk. You stay … Continue reading Taking off the training wheels
The first time the phrase "agree to disagree" appears in print is in a John Wesley sermon, written for the 1770 funeral of George Whitefield, fellow founder of the Methodist Church. Apparently, the two men made a sport of arguing theology, but in the end always kept perspective and left as friends. Wesley wrote this: … Continue reading “Agree to Disagree” – is it still possible?!
It's another election, which means whatever "side" you're on, you're being told this particular election is pivotal in the future survival of society, if not the earth. Take a deep breath. Now take another one. I have something to tell you. You're being manipulated. At least, that's the plan. To use you as a political … Continue reading Don’t be a pawn.
There's a lesson you learn on a farm, especially a "dry land" farm. I grew up on a farm where we were almost completely at the mercy of God for each year's crops. If it was a cold, snowy winter, that meant we were late in getting the crop planted. If we had a late … Continue reading Cultivating Thankfulness
Self-Control + Contentment + Thankfulness + Grace = Generosity It's November...well, almost. Today, we will live in excess. Tomorrow, our children - and, let's be honest, our adults - will wake up with a candy hangover. We will take down the Halloween decorations, throw away the rotten pumpkins that were carved, and incorporate the non-carved … Continue reading Radical Generosity
Yesterday at church, we had a speaker from Answers in Genesis whose 50-minute talk was titled: "Creation vs. Evolution: Why It Matters." He painted a picture of the decline of American Christianity, the lack of moral absolutes both outside and inside the Christian Church, and the moral decay of our nation. The direction of the … Continue reading Is creation anti-science?