And on the First Day

  It always amazes me how self-centered we can be. We look at the universe, the majesty of the heavens, the glory of the moon and the stars, the brightness and warmth of the sun, the incredible diversity that we see as we travel from one area of our nation to the other, and we Read more about And on the <Seventh> First Day[…]

Religion: Does it Deserve a Bad Rap?

  Over the past few days, much has been written on the subject and problem of “religion.” Some of this activity was initiated after a short video was released that has gone (using internet jargon du jour) “viral.” When I last checked, this video had collected well over 6 million hits! The video is presented Read more about Religion: Does it Deserve a Bad Rap?[…]

Guarding the Garden without Bruising the Fruit

We live on two beautiful acres in the middle of nowhere Illinois. When God moved us from the concrete suburbs of Katy, Texas to the fertile soil of the Midwest, we had dreams of a lush garden filled with easy-to-grow vegetables and fruit trees. Though we had enjoyed our backyard garden in our southeast Texas Read more about Guarding the Garden without Bruising the Fruit[…]

The Power of God in Preaching

A church worship service historically has included the following elements: a time for singing, a time for prayer, a time for preaching, a time for giving, and a time for the Lord’s Table. In our postmodern era, each of these elements has come under increasing attack. To illustrate this, consider the following liturgical approach used Read more about The Power of God in Preaching[…]

Hide the Kids, the Pastor’s Here!

If you are reading this article, there is a very good possibility you have a family. And, there is a very good possibility you go to a church. Both of these institutions, the family and the church, are listed in the title. Given that, I want to ask you to honestly consider a couple of Read more about Hide the Kids, the Pastor’s Here![…]

Is the Church Alive Worth the Drive?

I am blessed to serve a wonderful church full of many unique and gifted households. While there is great diversity in our congregation, we also share many important commonalities and goals, one of which is to fill the earth with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. This Read more about Is the Church Alive Worth the Drive?[…]