And on the First Day

And on the <Seventh> First Day

Jan 14, 2013

  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 take it all for granted. We fail to see how all of this and more is a gift from...

Strange Fire

Strange Fire

Apr 9, 2012

  I still remember the day that I heard the story of Nadab and Abihu. It was in early 1980; I had been a Christian for less than a year. I was still getting used to the Bible; and having not grown up in a Christian home, I was in awe of the mystery and the majesty of the Word of God and the whole concept that through the Bible God showed His deep love and...

Religion: Does it Deserve a Bad Rap?

Religion: Does it Deserve a Bad Rap?

Jan 14, 2012

  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 in pseudo-rap style with artsy video...

Guarding the Garden without Bruising the Fruit

Guarding the Garden without Bruising the Fruit

Oct 27, 2011

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 neighborhood, we looked forward to a more extensive...

Tornado Relief Efforts

Tornado Relief Efforts

Apr 28, 2011

And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. ~ 1 Corinthians 12:26 4/30/11 Update: We spent quite a bit of time on the phone last night with folks on the ground in Alabama. The outpouring of love and help has been amazing. The Body of Christ is coming together and helping all in need....

The Power of God in Preaching

The Power of God in Preaching

Mar 14, 2011

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 by a church near where I...

Hide the Kids, the Pastor’s Here!

Hide the Kids, the Pastor’s Here!

Nov 15, 2010

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 questions. Why do you take your family to church? What is your motivation? Is...

Is the Church Alive Worth the Drive?

Is the Church Alive Worth the Drive?

Sep 6, 2010

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 is fulfilled in the success of the Great Commission. This...