Do you ever wonder if you are missing it? I know I sometimes do. As I look out and see so much busyness within the church, marketing campaigns, multi million dollar building projects and program after program aimed at meeting people’s felt needs to garner popularity or influence, there underneath it all, at least for me, there is a gnawing dissatisfaction. Is this really what church is or even more generally what Christianity is about? Please don’t misunderstand me, I am not
There are 24 hours in the day, and roughly 16 hours of that time is spent being bombarded with all manner of influences. Every waking moment, there are so many things that are vying for our attention, that it is very easy for us succumb to their sway. This is even more compounded with the massive influx from social media. The average person spends hours of their day, thumbing through page after page of content, that in reality offers no significant help or nourishment. Instea
It was 45 years ago that the United States Supreme Court ruled that the choice to murder was a constitutional right and should be protected and enforced. Roe v Wade was an unprecedented decision and it stands out as a dark stain on America’s once noble past. Over 60 million children have been surgically aborted since 1973 and that is not counting the untold millions that have perished due to abortifacient drugs that are found in many birth control methods. Regardless if you f
As I look upon the spiritual landscape of this valley at the dawn of a new year, I am more and more convinced that what sparked the Reformation, the American Revolution, the revivals of the first and second great awakening, and what is desperately needed in this valley, is fire that is preached from the pulpit. The pulpit or preaching, rather has been and will always be the instrument by which God will transform both individual and nation. The gospel, according to Romans 1:16
For the majority of Americans, October 31st is synonymous with Halloween and is a time to dress up, set out jack-o-lanterns and hope you don’t get a stomach ache from devouring a night’s haul of candy. However, October 31st represents something far greater than just costumes and candy, instead it is a celebration of an event that literally turned the known world upside down, and even today, we are feeling its impact. 500 years ago on October 31st 1517, Martin Luther nailed 9
Hugh Hefner has left an indelible mark on today’s society and many are touting him as an innovator, entrepreneur and revolutionary in the liberation of sexual expression. Yet underneath the accolades, the Hollywood glitz and glamour, the innovations that Hugh Hefner brought has affected millions of men, women, and families. The business of pornography is a 13 billion dollar industry and because its availability, the numbers of individuals who are consuming it is at an alarmi
In just a matter of days, Christians all across the world are going to be celebrating the resurrection of Jesus--That glorious and momentous event of a rolled away stone, an empty tomb, and a conquering Savior defeating humanity’s greatest adversary, Death. Although many would try to cast doubt on whether or not the Resurrection ever took place, the historical fact is Christ has really risen, and he has risen indeed. To the believer, the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is everyt
As I sit reflecting about my mission to New Orleans, I am still feeling the effects of the movement of God during that extraordinary week. Last week Mardi Gras was in full swing and it was incredible to witness the power of God in the midst of what many would consider absolute chaos. Thousands of people were confronted with the glorious gospel, and I was personally blessed to offer Christ to a great many people. However, sometimes the greatest work doesn’t necessarily happen
There has been a bit of controversy that has been filling my news feed lately regarding a Gospel singer and an extremely popular actress/television host. Allow me to catch you up. A Gospel singer named, Kim Burrell spoke (rather passionately) at a church where she addressed the sin of homosexuality, calling it perversion and saying to people that there is freedom from that sin in Christ. Now she was slated to appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and when it was exposed what Ki
There are few verses in the Bible which everyone (believer and unbeliever alike) knows, one in particular is Matthew 7:1 "Thou shall not judge lest ye be judged."
I have always found it rather interesting that when people often quote this verse it is always according to the King James translation of the Scriptures which shows how the Elizabethan English just rolls off the tongue and has certain potency to be remembered, anyway I digress.
Matthew 7:1 is often thrown out th
Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me!"
How many of us remember saying those words when our school mates would poke fun of us on the playground? I do.
In my experience those words would be then followed by me making a rude face before walking away to go play somewhere else. However, that schoolyard saying is a lie. In fact if you remember the experience of uttering that tired cliché you realized it was a lie then as you do now. The sting of a
Religious freedom is a hot button issue in this election and it circles around when and where should faith be exercised. Should Christianity even be in the public sphere or should it only remain within the four walls of a local church building, or practiced in the privacy of your own home? Our constitution says we have the freedom of religion and even though, the majority of Americans would agree to that, the consensuses however says “but please practice it in private, and do
As of writing this, the last presidential debate was held a few days ago and one of the opening questions was about the life issue, more specifically about Roe v. Wade.
To many people's surprise, one political candidate vehemently supported the right to perform partial-birth abortions and even went so far as to not deny the claim that partial-birth abortions could be done well within the third trimester of pregnancy. However, her admission of supporting the performing of p