Why Jesus Matters

Posted On Jan 29 2014 by

I pondered a bit about the title of this post. I hadn’t intended on preaching a sermon, and it is still my intent not to do so. My intent, as I sat at my Macbook for an hour or two of writing, was to to impart to you my very strange four days on a jury. The fact that I was seated on a jury is strange enough. At 47, it’s my first time, and I’ve only been called in to jury duty three times. It was also strange that this was not a criminal case. It was a case …


Writer’s Sunday – What will America Choose?

Posted On Sep 29 2013 by

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world— the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:15-17 ESV) It seems ironic, at first glance, that a nation founded on Christian principles has become the world’s standard for materialistic want. …


God or Country

Posted On Jun 30 2013 by

I’m not even sure where to begin this post. It seems we are the terminal generation of American Christians who are witnessing the dismissal of the church–of Christ Himself–from every aspect of our culture. Though we haven’t come to the point of open hostility against anyone proclaiming the name of Jesus, we have certainly entered into unrestrained mockery and slander against anyone who holds to the truth of the bible. I could list off examples–the recent cover of The New Yorker, depicting, of all things, Bert and Ernie as a homosexual couple cuddling on a couch as they watch the …


Washing off the Ash

Posted On Feb 26 2009 by

A very good friend of mine e-mailed me yesterday and asked what exactly I’m doing these days. He wondered if I’m blogging while on the treadmill (working on it), writing a novel, and performing some sort of service at my “real job.” What struck me is that he referred to my blog postings as “religious.” I guess there’s no other way to categorize it, but it still struck me as funny. I’ve never considered myself religious and still don’t. Let me explain. I’m a fairly intelligent person, though I have my moments of self-destructive idiocy. My favorite method of self-destruction …


Missing Christians

Posted On Feb 3 2009 by

While most folks can buy into the notion of an intelligent being floating about in the cosmos, the idea of creation and a God very much alive and active in our daily lives is a bigger stretch. It is this step of faith that causes many to fall into the “agnostic” or “non-affiliated Christian” categories. Polls tells us that 80-90% of Americans proclaim a belief in God. Preachers proclaim a 70-80% absence from the pews. Why? Let’s start with a typical scenario found after the Sunday morning services of any church of any major denomination. The congregants file out, shake …