I found this article by Tim Keller to be very interesting... Many say that Christians who maintain the historic, traditional doctrines are behind the times, are too exclusive, and are “on the wrong side of history.” Two recent books that cast doubt on this view are from historian and biblical scholar Larry Hurtado, Destroyer of the … Continue reading Why Does Anyone Become a Christian?
My last post was viewed and shared so many times that some of you reading this might be new to my blog. If so, welcome and thanks for reading. I regularly post on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I hope you'll join our little community here and I pray that this simple blog will be a … Continue reading Come On In & Browse A Bit
Today would have been my son Cooper's 16th birthday. He died of a syndrome known as "hypoplastic left heart" when he was five days old. This is written in his honor. How could I forget the one who made known to me a kind of love that runs so deep it cannot be explained? How … Continue reading I Remember
This week's "Five on Friday" is a five minute animated video explanation of the gospel story. Even if you're a "veteran" Christian, I encourage you to watch the video to learn another way of presenting the gospel of Christ to someone else. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3TC03kQ_Do If you're wandering how to be one with Christ, here's another short … Continue reading Why The Gospel of Christ is Good News
As a minister, I often have people express to me their frustration that they can't "hear" God. They've prayed and asked God to show them something, give them some sign, speak to them, or provide them with clarity and direction about a certain situation; however, God doesn't "show up" or speak up the way they … Continue reading Why You Can’t “Hear” God
"I'm O.K. - You're Pure Evil" That's the headline of Frank Bruni's latest column in the New York Times, in which he provides commentary on the toxic nature of America's political dialogue. Among other things, Bruni writes the following: "Our language is growing coarser. Our images too. And even if they're only rarely a conduit … Continue reading “I’m O.K. – You’re Pure Evil”
Yesterday, I was honored to co-preach with Alameda's Connections Minister, Payton Minzenmayer. Our sermon was part of a current sermon series called "Transformed," in which we are looking at the various characteristics of a person whose life has been transformed by Jesus Christ. You can view or listen to those sermons here. One aspect of … Continue reading How to Have Healthy Relationships