In today's sermon, I mentioned that Christians' belief in the resurrection of Jesus Christ is not based on blind faith; rather, it is based on the extraordinary evidence we have for the extraordinary claim that Jesus was raised from the dead. As historian and philosopher (and former atheist) Antony Flew once said: "The evidence for … Continue reading Evidence
Shallow Christian Identities
This is a thought-provoking observation by Tim Keller... Just as Jesus said... "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven" (Matthew 7:21).
Longing for this day…
As our nation grieves and processes another school shooting, I find myself longing for the day described in Isaiah 2:2-5 more and more... 2 In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the highest of the mountains;it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. 3 Many peoples will come and say, … Continue reading Longing for this day…
Give Your Kids This Gift!
From Jim Martin... Give your kids a dad and mom who respects their spouse - both in private and in public. What a valuable gift! Give your kids a dad and mom who prays for them. If you are not praying for them, who is? Give your kids a dad and mom who seek God … Continue reading Give Your Kids This Gift!
“Keep It Between the Ditches”
Today marks 4 years since my Dad passed away, and I'd like to share one of the life lessons I learned from him. I'm from rural Oklahoma, and when Dad was teaching me to drive, one of the pieces of advice he gave to me as we were going down a dirt road was, "Just … Continue reading “Keep It Between the Ditches”
Are You Spiritually Mature?
I've been reading Pete Scazzero for years, and this is a useful reflection tool...
The other day I came across this quote from C.S. Lewis that is from his book The Screwtape Letters... "All mortals tend to turn into the thing they are pretending to be." This is a powerful quote. It's a more powerful observation. What or who are you pretending to be that, if you don't stop, … Continue reading Pretending
I recently saw an interview with actor and activist George Clooney in which he was asked the following question: "Are worried about our democracy?" In one part of his answer Clooney said, "I'm concerned about how we celebrate unkindness." That's something that should concern us Christians as well. In fact, kindness is one of the … Continue reading Kindness
Storms (A Prayer)
Dear Lord, It was another anxious night here in the land of storms. Most weathered the storm in tact. Some did not. Some in our church family and in our community are left picking up the pieces. And a different kind of storm threatens. A storm of fear. A storm of worry. A storm of … Continue reading Storms (A Prayer)
Twenty years ago this month I started my preaching ministry at the Alameda Church of Christ. I've seen a lot, been through a lot, and grown a lot during that time. When I became a preacher, I never had any illusions that I would be the best or have the biggest congregation. Those things weren't … Continue reading 20 Years