What Are We Celebrating?

Posted On Apr 16 2014 by

I’m posting over at Inspire a Fire today. Check out my post here.

Facing the Wave

Posted On Apr 9 2014 by

When I was eleven years old, I got caught in a riptide off the beach in San Diego. Mind you, I was a Navy brat and had spent my childhood in and near the ocean. I’d swam in the surf of Hawaii by the time I was five. What you have to understand about a rip tide is this: you don’t really know you’re caught. You just keep happily splashing and playing, maintaining a sense of denial that the shore is getting farther away. It wasn’t until a lifeguard showed up (a cute one, apparently puberty was kicking in at …

Are We the German Church?

Posted On Mar 26 2014 by

I’m currently listening to the audio-book version of Bonhoeffer. For those unfamiliar with the man, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor who was outspoken in his opposition to the Nazis and was eventually executed in 1944 after his involvement in an assassination attempt against Adolf Hitler. Of course, his struggle didn’t begin in 1944, or even 1941, as most Americans visualize the beginning of World War II. For the Germans, the war against the Nazis began long before that. For Dietrich Bonhoeffer, it began almost immediately after Hitler was elected Chancellor in 1933. The Nazi party began its oppression of …

Cheap Grace

Posted On Mar 19 2014 by

Today I’m blogging at Inspire a Fire. Here’s the first part of that post. I’m currently listening to Bonhoeffer on audio book. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the man, Dietrich Bonhoeffer is best known for his role in the assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler. Bonhoeffer, a pastor, went through great lengths to explain how the killing of this tyrant did not contradict his Christian faith. Herr Bonhoeffer is also well known for a book he penned, entitled The Cost of Discipleship. I will admit that I have not completed this rather heavy piece of theology. But what …

Crossing the Line

Posted On Feb 10 2014 by

I know, I’m supposed to write a post regarding the 52 Books Challenge on Mondays. But I’ve had to do a lot of thinking over the last week or three. This is what happens when I listen to God. Don’t worry. I’m still hot on the 52 Books Challenge and my writing, but I fear that my passion for those things is clouding the big picture. You see, there’s a difference between a writer and a Christian writer. The goal of the writer is to have his work read and appreciated. Hopefully read and appreciated enough that he can make …


Posted On Feb 5 2014 by

If I had to select a national pastime to replace baseball, I’d say that holding a grudge would take top honors. Ask any Christian you happen to see, and they’ll gladly tell you that forgiveness is one of the essential ingredients of their walk with God. They may even recall part of the Lord’s Prayer–forgive me my trespasses as I forgive those who trespass against me. If most of us really thought about what that sentence suggests, we should all tremble with fear. If God’s forgiveness of our sins is in direct proportion to our forgiveness of those who’ve wronged …