How to Enjoy the Good News: from shallow waters to the deep

“The Bible is shallow enough for a child not to drown, yet deep enough for an elephant to swim.”  Augustine, the early Christian theologian said this about 300 years after Jesus walked the earth.  The concepts of the Bible and the plan of salvation are simple enough for a young child to grasp yet we… Continue reading How to Enjoy the Good News: from shallow waters to the deep

Five Ways to avoid the “Mother’s Day Guilt Trap”

Happy Mother’s Day! Here are the beginnings of three ads that popped up this week on the internet: “Mom was always there for those big milestones.  But also for life’s little moments.” “Thanks mom for being the best mom from day one.” “You know she’s the greatest mom ever, make this her best Mother’s Day ever.”… Continue reading Five Ways to avoid the “Mother’s Day Guilt Trap”

The Great American Mistake: Salvation is Not About Behavior

After about fifteen years in the ministry and talking to a whole lot of people inside and outside of the church, I believe that I know the biggest misunderstanding Americans have about Christianity.  Quite simply put, Americans don’t understand grace.   It’s not necessarily that the word is misunderstood but let’s define it anyhow:  Grace is “unmerited favor.” … Continue reading The Great American Mistake: Salvation is Not About Behavior

Why You Can Stand Firm in Believing the Resurrection of Christ

In this brave new world we live in today, it seems like science and technology give us all the answers to all of our questions.  Can you believe that in my lifetime Barnaby Jones solved crimes with evidence he could see without a microscope?  Things like finger prints and murder weapons… ha!  How archaic compared to CSI… Continue reading Why You Can Stand Firm in Believing the Resurrection of Christ

Is Having All These Christian Denominations Good or Bad?

  I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought. My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed… Continue reading Is Having All These Christian Denominations Good or Bad?

Does God Speak to us Today? Two Disciplines to Help You Hear God

Can people really hear God speak?  When Christians say “God told me” it sounds nutty to the world.  For that matter, it may sound nutty to some other Christians.  Do you wish you could hear from God like those super spiritual Christians who seem to have conversations with Him?  If you are a Christian YOU… Continue reading Does God Speak to us Today? Two Disciplines to Help You Hear God

Game Changer #3 Freedom from the Law — Choose Relationship over Religion

If you don’t like playing the game of life very much, it might be because of your coach.  In football, there are two “types” of coaches: the disciplinarian and the players’ coach.  Both can be very effective at extracting performance on the field, but they have different effects in the hearts of the players.  A… Continue reading Game Changer #3 Freedom from the Law — Choose Relationship over Religion