Over 15 years ago I remember hearing a sermon that was entitled something along the lines of, “Can God Continue to Bless America?” The answer the speaker offered, after having outlined the many sins of the American people at large was, “No.” The suggestion given to the audience was to prepare for trials both from … More Gloom, Doom, and the Empty Tomb: How the Resurrection of Jesus Should Affect Our Lives and Our Vision of the Future
By and large, this year’s elections have been characterized by vicious vitriol, sensational sectarianism, and fierce fearmongering. Politicians and pundits of both sides herald sad tidings if the future is held by those across the aisle: the end of liberty; the end of democracy; the end of America. As a Christian, I have to accept … More Preparing for November 4: How Christians Should Behave Regardless of the Outcome of the Elections
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on September 18, 2020. She was an incredibly polarizing public figure. Her followers branded her, “The Notorious RBG,” in praise; her opponents would have applied the word notorious to her in a more traditional sense. Since her passing, I’ve seen two very different and very vocal responses … More Navigating the Death of a “Notorious” Public Figure
Satan delights whenever man determines to disobey God, especially when that disobedience is directed towards Gods’ command for each man to love his neighbor as himself. I can only image Satan’s joy over the events of the past week. Satan was thrilled when a police officer chose to apply undue brutality without mercy and a … More The Choice Facing Christians After Minneapolis
You can’t open up Facebook or turn on the evening news these days without seeing coronavirus-induced frustration. Depending on where you look though, you’ll typically see two kinds of frustration from two camps of people. These camps oppose each other and voice their frustrations out of a desire for opposite things. Some people are frustrated … More To Assemble or Not? Some Thoughts for Christians as Churches Seek to Return to Normality After Covid-19
Last year, my family and I were blessed to be able to visit my nation’s capital. I have to specify that second “my” – the fact that my wife is an Australian citizen is actually what brought us to Washington D.C. She needed to renew her passport, which unfortunately requires an in-person visit to the … More Patriotism, Politics, and the Christian – One Man’s Journey to Finding Peace in the Political Process and Profound Gratitude for His God and His Country
Some have taken the opportunity presented by the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 to say things like, “Good! We can finally get the church out of these buildings!” While I believe that it is important to look for positives in difficult situations, I feel the need to point out that this is actually *not* something to … More The Church Has Left the Building: Is COVID-19 a Blessing in Disguise?
The debate regarding climate change really should not be over what is happening, but why it is happening. … More What’s Exegetical About Climate Change?
Don’t let politics, peer pressure, or personal biases lead you to try to put in the Bible what simply doesn’t belong. … More When Exegesis Emigrated; or, When Eisegesis Immigrated; or, When a Preacher’s Perspective on Politics Prevailed Over Reason