Idols in the Church Part 1: Anger

Be appalled, O heavens, at this;     be shocked, be utterly desolate, declares the Lord, for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me,     the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves,     broken cisterns that can hold no water. Jeremiah 2:12-13 English Standard Version The Bible makes clear that we have an idolatry problem. FundamentalContinue reading “Idols in the Church Part 1: Anger”

Normalize Boredom

With my men’s group, we have been working our way through Rich Villodas’ book, The Deeply Formed Life. In his book, Villodas explores five areas in which Christians in America especially need the transformative work of King Jesus in our lives as well as spiritual disciplines that help us grow in these areas. Time preventsContinue reading “Normalize Boredom”

The Way of Suffering

Through 2021, the church in which I serve has been preaching through the Gospel of Mark in a sermon series titled, The Way. You can catch up on that series here. Below is the transcript of the sermon I preached for that series on September 12, 2021. Now some of you know parts of myContinue reading “The Way of Suffering”

Church for Sale

As I sit down to write this, it is a little past lunch time here. Choosing where to eat for lunch can get a bit overwhelming at times, especially when you have a group of people all trying to choose together. Everyone has different tastes, different food allergies, and different tolerances with regard to price.Continue reading “Church for Sale”

Discipleship in the Age of Talk Radio

News broke this week that conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh passed away. Social media was aflame (as always), and divided (as always) over the legacy of this man. For those on the right, Limbaugh was a lion of a man, a genius, a pioneer for what it means to fight for conservative political ideals inContinue reading “Discipleship in the Age of Talk Radio”

What is the Cost?

Well it happened. The United States completed yet another transfer of power and not has a new presidential administration. There was and is a lot of fear, anger, relief, joy, and sorrow in the nation today. There will be hot takes and retrospectives galore about this season in the life of our Republic. To beContinue reading “What is the Cost?”

The Fruit of Discernment

I am not sure if you pay attention to Christian Twitter at all, but if you do, then like me you have noticed an increasing amount of discussion about Christian Nationalism. Christian Nationalism, as best I can tell, is the elevation of national interests to God’s interests. In other words, when America wins, God wins.Continue reading “The Fruit of Discernment”

Resolutions for the Church in 2021

Well, you knew it was going to happen eventually. Pretty soon we will all be inundated with 2020 year end reviews. Oh won’t those be fun. Then we will all start planning what we will be doing in 2021 as though the hardship of 2020 will end at the stroke of midnight on December 31st.Continue reading “Resolutions for the Church in 2021”

Slow Down

I recently finished John Mark Comer’s book The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry. Let me put it this way . . . Don’t read this book unless you are ready to be convicted. (How’s that for an endorsement?) Seriously, though Comer writes with an engaging and even playful tone, the weight of what he is sayingContinue reading “Slow Down”

All Men Are Like Grass

A voice says, “Cry!”    And I said, “What shall I cry?”All flesh is grass,    and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.The grass withers, the flower fades    when the breath of the Lord blows on it;    surely the people are grass.The grass withers, the flower fades,    but the word of our God will stand forever. Isaiah 40:6-8 English Standard Version (EmphasisContinue reading “All Men Are Like Grass”