Silence Is Not An Option: Some Thoughts on Justice & Inequality

Looking back on this essay from July of 2013, about the hysteria surrounding the trial of George Zimmerman regarding the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, I find that considering all that with all that has happened since, with Ferguson MO and NYC, this essay remains very applicable.  So I decided to edit it a little and…

Why Phil Robertson is Both Right & Wrong About ISIS

In a recent appearance on Sean Hannity the Duck Dynasty patriarch said that if he was in charge of the situation with ISIS his strategy would be to convert them or to kill them.   Naturally, this has stirred up some controversy.  However, those who embrace or reject what was said out of hand –…

What The Gungor Controversy Tells Us About The American Church

In case you are one of the few people who are even less aware of what is happening inside the glass walls of the American Church than I am, there is a major controversy currently over comments made by the worship band and Dove award winner Gungor (Here is an excellent article from the Christian…

What Clifford The Big Red Dog Can Teach Us About Grace

I have been a father for quite some time now and as such, I have had the chance to watch many hours of children’s programming.  To date one of my favorites remains the old PBS cartoon Clifford the Big Red Dog.  I think what I love most about the story, is captured beautifully by the…

Life In Exile: Quiet-Godly-Dignified

The other day I came across this text in my readings and thought it might be worth sharing.  In 1 Timothy 2:1-2 the Apostle commands his Son in the Faith to teach the Church to pray for those in Authority so that they may live quiet, godly and dignified lives.  At first, this seems to…

Mechanics & Meaning: The Nye-Ham Debate

Recently there was a highly publicized and mostly disappointing debate between the Bill Nye “The Science Guy” and Ken Ham, Founder of the Christian organization Answers In Genesis.  Now in the interest of full disclosure, I need to tell you that I love Bill Nye and appreciate all that he did for Science Education back…

Making Sense Of The Day Of Pentecost

Acts 2 details the events of the first Pentecost following the resurrection and ascension of Messiah.  Too often this text is interpreted through the broken hermeneutic of popular Christian theological systems which, due to their inherently anti-Semitic prepositions, often emphasize the wrong aspects of the text.  In doing so, they render a narrative of it…

Making Sense Of The Bible – An Introduction

Knowing the right Bible answers is not the same thing as knowing the God of the Bible. Unfortunately this distinction is far too often overlooked and thus the text is approached rather haphazardly, as though it is of little consequence how one understands it so long as their answers fit the system they have aligned…

Friendship, Love & Sherlock Holmes

For generations, it has been accepted that men and women can have intimate same-gender friendships without engaging in homosexual behavior. But as of the last several decades, really since the sexual revolution of the 60’s, this notion has been attacked by those needed to rewrite the narratives of the past so as to legitimize their…

The Ministry Of Presence And The Fear Of Inadequacy

Recently there was a tragedy in my flock.  A congregant’s son was in a very bad motorcycle accident and the outlook was not good as he was given a less than 30 percent chance of making it through.  As I rode to the hospital I contemplated the scripture that would provide comfort to the family…

Spiritual Leadership: Acting as Prophet, Priest & King

Being a Pastor is one of the most rewarding things I have ever had the privilege to do.  It is second only to the privilege of being the Head of my Household, having the opportunity to pour my Life into my wife and children.  But though it is fun, it is far from easy; for…

Confronting Contradictions in the Bible: Miracles

How one approaches the Judeo-Christian text matters.  One can not be a follower of the Way of the Cross without being a student of the Scripture for we are called first and foremost to be and to make Disciples (Matthew 28:19-20).  In today’s American society however there are many who claim to believe in the…