As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, most states and communities are taking steps to reopen from stay-at-home or safer-at-home orders that have slowed our economy and society to a near halt the past few weeks. Businesses, parks, libraries, restaurants, etc., are opening their doors again and welcoming citizens and customers. And in many cases, churches are … More How Should Churches Consider Reopening?
“But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will he not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or What will we wear for clothing?’ For the … More Our Real Needs Probably Aren’t What We Think They Are
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” – Philippians 4:8 Our minds and our thoughts determine how we live. The old saying goes “show me your … More Three Ways to Reorient the Christian Mind
There are some topics about which it can be hard to discern what the Bible teaches. Some of Jesus’ own teachings in the Gospels can seem muddied by his parable style. But there is one topic that Christians can be sure of how they should approach it: Money. “Again I tell you, it is easier … More Don’t Drop Your Guard Against the Idol of Money
There is so much more wisdom from the 1909 sermon by Walter W. Moore, titled Religion in the Home, to share. This passage is near the end, as he is exhorting the ministers in attendance to pursue fewer ministry goals that go deep, rather than spreading themselves and their churches too thin. This is still … More Prioritize Depth Over Breadth in Ministry
Everything happens for a reason. That statement has become cliche in our culture. We say it when trying to help a friend through tragedy. It’s a good self-help phrase to pick up our spirits after a disappointment. We’ll throw it out there when discussing deep topics as a way to plant our flag on the … More Yes, Everything Happens for a Reason
My pastor for the past 20 years retired last fall. As his final months and weeks in the pulpit approached, he opened his extensive library to many in the congregation to peruse. I happily took advantage of the opportunity. One of the handful of books I took off his hands was a very small, very … More The Christian Home – The Hope of the World
“If we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant … More A Plea to Become More Difficult to Please
I can’t stand Fox News. I’m actually thrilled that my cable package doesn’t include it, but even if it did I wouldn’t be tuning in. And I say that as a truly conservative, Christian, white guy. Yes, I’m a white, conservative, evangelical Christian who doesn’t watch (or even like) Fox News. How’s that for breaking … More A Conservative Christian Who Doesn’t Watch Fox News
With the passage of new laws in multiple states geared toward restricting abortion – and the subsequent pushback by pro-choice activists – it’s worth considering whether there really is any sort of compromise that can be achieved on this issue. On the pro-life side, really any allowance for abortion still leaves in place the biggest … More Can There Be Compromise on Abortion?