Why Outrage Can’t Build the Kingdom

“For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” James 1:20 This is one of the most counter-cultural verses in the Bible. The Contemporary English Version says it this way:  “If you are angry, you cannot do any of the good things God wants done.” This is stunning because we live in a time where the currency is outrage. We … Read More

Stop Stressing About Your Stress

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”  Col 3:15 We quote this verse and it’s principles often.  It’s common Christian jargon to say things like, “I felt peace about that” or “I didn’t feel peace, so I didn’t do it.” We’ve pulled  a … Read More

How to Overcome Sin

“Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.”  Romans 6:12 Christians know they aren’t supposed to sin.  This is drilled into to most of us pretty early on.  The trouble is, most of the communication sounds like, “Don’t do this, don’t do that, and whatever you do, make sure you … Read More

The Chiefs, Protestors, and Free Will

Last Sunday Molly and I got to go to the Chiefs game at the last minute.  On the way in, there were a bunch of protestors on the side of the road. They had a strange mish-mash of signs about how God hated various people, that judgement was near, and that football was an idol.  I usually have to fight off … Read More

Listening to Understand

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” James 1:19 The Holidays are almost here, and if you’re like many people, you may end up in an unwanted tradition:  the family argument. Getting together can be lots of fun but can also cause some tension. I … Read More

Focus: The Key to Unlocking Destiny

Jesus said, “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light” (Matthew 6:22).  In the context, He’s talking about the importance of focusing on God and His Kingdom.  He says later that if we’re single-minded in our pursuit of God, everything else we’re worried about will come … Read More

The Wonder of the Incarnation

About 2000 years ago a miracle happened. We celebrate it on Christmas. I’ve loved Christmas since I was a kid.  We got to sing special songs, unwrap presents, and on Christmas Eve, we held candles and tried not to burn the church down. For a long time, I think I missed the main point.  I’m not talking about forgetting about … Read More

What Does Romans 8:28 Actually Mean?

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 My wife and I enjoy the show Master Chef.  It’s about home cooks competing to produce top restaurant quality meals. They’re judged by professional, celebrity chefs like Gordon Ramsey. One of the common competitions on the … Read More

The Importance of Believing in Miracles

Do you believe in miracles? By that I mean, do you believe that the laws of nature can be violated by a supernatural God who intervenes in human history?  What we believe about this is more important than you might think and is influenced heavily by our collective history. A side effect of the Reformation was that large swathes of Protestantism … Read More

Past, Present, and Future Sins are Forgiven

Did you know that all your sins, past, present, and future are already forgiven? That may seem like a radical statement. How can God forgive sin we haven’t even committed yet? In Hebrews 10, the author of Hebrews contrasts the Old and New Covenants. In verse 11 he says, “And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftetimes the same … Read More