When scripture makes us uneasy…

“Now these are the rules that you shall set before them. When you buy a Hebrew slave…” ~ Exodus 21:1-2 When we read though the Bible, inevitably there are certain scriptures that will make us feel uneasy and wonder, “Did God actually say that?” and make us wonder if the ‘God of the Old Testament’ […]

You’re not a loser…

1 Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the godly!  2 Let Israel be glad in his Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King!  3 Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre!  4 For the […]

So, you want to be a pastor?

The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. ~1 Timothy 3:1 I must say, I’m one of those guys that leadership books make me cringe. As I’ve worked on a D.Min in church revitalization, I’ve read a lot of them; and very few have much to […]

Give to God the things that are God’s

17 “Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” 18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? 19 Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. 20 And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness […]

When doing right brings trouble (a devotion)

 7 And after a time his master’s wife cast her eyes on Joseph and said, “Lie with me.” 8 But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Behold, because of me my master has no concern about anything in the house, and he has put everything that he has in my charge. 9 He […]

When God laughs (a devotion)

17Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed and said to himself, “Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” 18And Abraham said to God, “Oh that Ishmael might live before you!” 19God said, “No, but Sarah your wife […]

What keeps me in the church?

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. ~ Ephesians 4:1-3 There’s been […]

Housekeeping (mint for your pillow?)

So, as he noted, while Dave is avoiding lions across the ocean, he asked if I could assume moderator duties for the time being here. For some reason, I said yes. I will not be donning any green suits in his absence, but I want to provide a couple of housekeeping notes. Most stuff around […]