Dealing with Doubt

Last night my son comes out of his bedroom. I could tell by the look on his face that he was anxious about something. He had been reading in his Bible and came across a difficult story in the Book of Acts that left him shaken and, in his words, “questioning everything.” The story inContinue reading “Dealing with Doubt”

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”

Spiritual Hydration

After my recent bout with COVID-19, a friend told me about a plasma donation center nearby. Blood plasma with COVID antibodies can apparently help those who have severe cases of the illness. This place also pays you for donating, which certainly helps this time of year. If you have never given plasma before, it isContinue reading “Spiritual Hydration”

How to Survive 2020 and The Years to Come

I know, I know, December is a little late for a post on how to survive 2020. After all, we are almost at the finish line! Soon we will be able to chalk this whole year up to hindsight. Get it? However, at much as we wish it were true, there is nothing magical aboutContinue reading “How to Survive 2020 and The Years to Come”

How to Change the World

In my younger days, like most young men and women, I dreamt of doing BIG things to change the world. I wanted to lead mass revivals for the cause of Christ, tear down idols, storm castles, and break down the gates of hell itself. That righteous angst that is so much a part of youthContinue reading “How to Change the World”

Gold and Silver, Black and White

A few weeks back, lead pastor of Greencastle Christian Church, John Tischer, preached a sermon in which he mentioned the golden rule. You have probably heard it before, even if you were unaware of its origin. It comes from Jesus and is considered one of the basic tenets of Christian ethics. So¬†whatever you wish thatContinue reading “Gold and Silver, Black and White”

Will You Go?

The tale of Jonah is one of the most misunderstood stories in the Bible. Often it makes for an easy children’s story with all the drama of Jonah’s adventure at sea. We use it to moralize about obedience to God and the dangers of refusing God’s direction. However, Jonah teaches us some deeper, far moreContinue reading “Will You Go?”

The Divine Reading

In a previous post, I wrote about some beginning mediation practices, namely the Body Scan and Breath meditations. Both of these practices are useful for relaxation as well as increasing one’s ability to focus and concentrate. However, there is nothing inherently spiritual about them. A Christian, a Buddhist, and Atheist walk into a bar .Continue reading “The Divine Reading”

So Many Questions

This seems to be the season for questions. As the church I serve at is finishing a series on Habakkuk, I have had the privilege of speaking with a couple of individuals who are wrestling with some very hard questions about the Christian faith. If you are unfamiliar, Habakkuk is a Jewish prophet who recordedContinue reading “So Many Questions”

Living and Active

So yesterday I posted an article about reading and studying the Bible. The point I was trying to make is that wherever we are in terms of Bible knowledge, we should start there and make progress. We cannot let ourselves be talked out of starting a journey just because it may take awhile. Whether youContinue reading “Living and Active”