I scan his body looking for a cape. Shocked that I don’t see one I assume that he’s one of those superheroes that doesn’t actually need a cape to fly. He just gets stuff done. The superhero I’m talking about is Super Dad. Suddenly his passionate preacher voice draws me away from cape gazing and […]

“Black Thanksgiving”: It Is Time to Draw the Line

One of the signs of advancing age is growing nostalgia. I no longer ridicule those who say, “back in my day” since I’m often now the one saying it. Oh, I’m not anti-technology, nor do I automatically think that things were better back in my day. But I am convinced that there was one thing […]

What To Think About the Minister’s Housing Allowance (by Joel Rainey)

Joel Rainey is the Director of Missions at Mid-Maryland Baptist Association, an adjunct professor at Capital Bible Seminary and blogs at Themelios (Twitter – @joelrainey). This post was originally published at his site. I’m not sure if I’ve ever used this site to address an issue having to do with the United States Tax Code, so this will, I believe, […]

Reflections upon Matthew 13:10-17

Originally posted at Praisegod Barebones And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. For whoever has, to him more shall be […]

A Thanksgiving Devotion

1 Thessalonians 5:18 18 Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. The Thanksgiving season is quickly upon us, at least when we speak of the holiday with turkey and all the trimmings. Yet, for followers of Jesus, giving thanks is never out of season. As […]

Pastor, You Have Onion Breath

“This tastes like the cow got into an onion patch”. If you’ve watched Napoleon Dynamite more than a couple of times you know what that quote is from. Young Napoleon is taste testing milk for an FFA competition. If you’ve ever lived in a rural community and had milk from a cow you also know that onion-tasting […]

Thanksgiving: Rising above the Clouds

Have you ever flown on a dreary, rainy day? You taxi down the runway and everything is gray, dark and damp. You pick up a little speed and the front of the plane points up just a little. It tilts a bit more and you feel the wheels come off the ground. The plane rises […]