Church, Doesn't Fit in a Category, Prayers

Restraint or Enabling?

Without the integrity of the game, what do you have? A bunch of big, strong, angry men who have reached their breaking point. Jackie MacMullan, ESPN Boston Last night, the Patriots lost to the Ravens. Make no mistake - the Patriots lost that game. They had a couple crucial errors in pass coverage that allowed… Continue reading Restraint or Enabling?

Ancient History, Doesn't Fit in a Category, History

A Deeply Troubling Moment

The Scriptures contain some very, very strange passages. There are things in the Bible that make even the most committed readers shake their heads in confusion. One of the all-time strangest passages is 1 Kings 22. Why? Just read it. Here's a little context. Ahab b. Omri became king of Israel in 873 BCE. His… Continue reading A Deeply Troubling Moment

Church, General

Preach As If the Scriptures Mean Something

James MacDonald recently posted "Five Things We Do Instead of Preach." I won't reiterate the points he made, all of which are valid. I once had a pastor tell me that he was too busy to prepare sermons, which was why he bought and borrowed series from well-known ministries rather than write his own. Sure, he… Continue reading Preach As If the Scriptures Mean Something

Church, Worship

The Content of Worship

Recently, someone showed me a "new worship song". They were so excited about the way it made them feel closer to God. The "new worship song" opened with a pretty, melodic piano piece and was then followed by a single phrase - something like "I want to see you" - repeated five or six times… Continue reading The Content of Worship

Church, Worship

Break Away from the Myths

Myths are powerful things. They are stories that might have some grounding in truth but are usually expanded far beyond their original scope. They drive and control the lives of those who accept them as fact without considering whether they align with reality. Recently, I sent a link to this article from Jon Nicol about worship… Continue reading Break Away from the Myths

Book Reviews, Church

Book Review – Messy Church

Ross Parsley was the worship pastor at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. If the congregation's name sounds familiar, that's because you probably heard it on the news. In 2007, the senior pastor Ted Haggard resigned because he was outed by a male prostitute he had been paying for sex and crystal meth. The scandal… Continue reading Book Review – Messy Church

Church, General

Finding a Good Bible

As a pastor, I am a teacher of the Scriptures. I spent most of my work life studying the Scriptures either alone or with a group. When someone becomes a follower of Christ, the most important purchase they can make is a Bible of their own. This single book is the revelation of Christ, and… Continue reading Finding a Good Bible