One of the many papers I wrote, in the 3rd year of my Master of Divinity program surrounded a theme that had a tremendous amount of practical relevancy to it. The class was Church History II: From the Reformation to the Modern Day, and the paper was a major portion of the final grade. My, my…those … Continue reading Impacting Others
I confess: I haven’t always been a pastor. I know that is hard to comprehend, but it’s true. At one time, I even asked and wondered over the very subject matter (and question) that is in the title bar. In fact, I just didn’t ponder it – I almost tried to find, locate, and prove that … Continue reading Why the Sabbath is Important
Oswald Chambers (one of my favorites, if you've never noticed before) asks a question in his My Utmost for His Highest devotionals. Without conjecture or even set-up, here is what he asks: "Have you ever been pierced by the Lord?" Now ponder that for a moment. Take a good journey down memory lane. Have you? … Continue reading Treasures and Hearts
I remember it well, even if it was 30 years ago: my first job. I actually have to give my sister, Liz, a lot of kudos for getting me on as a dishwasher to start. I was 16 years old, soon to be a Junior in High School. But Liz was one of the best … Continue reading Identity Counts
Many people have probably heard about the most recent plea by Preacher Jesse Duplantis to receive enough monies to buy/purchase a new Falcon 7 private jet, at the cost of $50+ million. It's been all over the news for the past few days; ever since he came out publicly to ask people to give to … Continue reading It Should, But It Doesn’t Surprise Me
I used to be told: "Either stand for something, or you'll fall for anything." To this day I am not exactly sure where it originated, but I am sure Google or Bing or Yahoo could help direct a history. In many forms and fashions, and at different stages in my life, I have heard those … Continue reading The Matter of Belief
Since March 1, we have been on a journey of Hope and Renewal. The Series is called, "Come Alive" and with the Series came the 30-day journey. It is designed to prepare us for what begins this Sunday (Palm Sunday), continues through next week (Holy Week), and culminates with our Easter Sunday Celebration. In relation … Continue reading Closer to the Heart
One of the things that is to keep us encouraged and motivated, as the church, is to always know that "Jesus is Lord" and that within all that we do, we do it for Him. Occasionally, it does us well to step back (even for a moment or two) and realize that together, in unity, … Continue reading The Shepherd and His Voice
Lately, I've been reading much on Sundays. I guess I've paid attention more and more, with each passing year, because of the way Sundays have been secularized and marginalized over the course of the last few decades. Now, we are at a place where Sundays are used for just about everything other than Worship, other … Continue reading Sundays are the Best Days!
I could be the only one, but for some reason, I seriously doubt I am. It just seems like I am overwhelmed at the incredibly intense, never relenting, marketing-machines in our world today. All to get your attention, first; then, move in to "tell" you why you must buy this product; get on this plan; … Continue reading Gain What?