Posted on Jun 6, 2020 4 Comments
This is not going to be a short read. It is going to wander a bit at first and not get straight to the point.
I’m going to tell you what I’ve worked out in my mind and the conclusions I’ve reached. If you disagree with the conclusions, then by all means tell me where I went wrong in my reasoning. But if you ignore the case I lay out and focus solely on the conclusions, expect to be thoroughly (and politely) ignored.
For example, I may say:
This is why I believe X is true.
This is why I also believe Y is true.
If X and Y are true, this is why I believe Z must also be true.
If you disagree with me, please explain why X or Y are not true OR why X and Y being true do not necessarily lead to Z. Just shouting, “Z is wrong and mean!” does nothing to convince me or anyone else of the wrongness of Z and your lack of a logical counter argument will only reinforce my belief in X, Y and Z.
So, here goes…. Belief #1–I believe that there are institutions in our lives that have been established by God.
Some of those institutions are obviously religious in nature. The church, for example is a religious institution that was established by God (Matthew 16:18, Acts 2). God has established the church and also established roles within the church for people to fill so that it can carry out its work in the way He intended. Shepherds are an example of this (Hebrews 13:17).
Some of the institutions God established may carry out spiritual work but are not solely spiritual in nature and function. Families are an example of this. God created man and woman and established the first family in Eden. It was His intention for man and woman to live together, to work together, to support each other, and their relationship is a living example to the world of the relationship between Christ and the church (Ephesians 5:25-33).
But, unlike the church, marriage is an institution that both believers and unbelievers engage in. It exists and functions both in both the spiritual and secular parts of our world.
And again, God has established roles within the family for its members to fulfill so that the family can function and exist as God intended (Ephesians 5:33).
So I suppose you could sum up my first belief as this….
God created the world and everything in it. In order for that world to function as He intended he established institutions to carry out His work. Some of these institutions are entirely spiritual in nature (the church) and some are spiritual in their design and work but unbelievers often engage in them (the family). And within those institutions God has established roles for His children to fulfill so that those institutions can better carry out His work as He intended.
Belief #2– The institutions God has created very often don’t function as He intended.
We’ve all seen and been frustrated by this. Churches may become stagnant and fail to carry out God’s work (Revelation 3:1-3). Shepherds may misuse the authority they’ve been given or use it to benefit themselves rather than the church (1 Peter 5:1-3). Families are routinely torn apart by pride, bitterness, or fleshly lusts.
So if God set up these institutions why do they fail so often? Well, because they’re full of people and people are generally pretty good at failing to carry out God’s plans. In fact, sometimes it’s not the institution but the specific way that God organized the institutions that creates such a stumbling block and increases the likelihood that we’ll screw everything up (the authority of the shepherds or the relationship of husbands and wives).
I’d summarize my seconds belief as this….
The institutions that God created often don’t work as he intended. But this isn’t because of any fault in the plan or institution itself. Ask yourself, “If this isn’t working, is it because God’s plan was at fault, or we’re doing something wrong?” When the institutions fail the solution should be to fix the people, not change or try to improve on God’s plan.
A reasonable objection to this would be, “But what about when the people in those institutions fail us? The plan isn’t at fault, but the situation must change.” And that certainly happens sometimes. Sometimes marriages wrecked by unfaithfulness can’t be salvaged. Sometimes shepherds must be removed from their position of authority.
But in those situations the solution would never be, “Some marriages are abusive. We should abolish the institution of marriage.” And similarly we would never consider dismantling all churches or saying that all shepherds everywhere should be removed from office because of the failure of some individuals.
The Bible is very clear on this. God’s plans are good and are meant for the benefit of His children. And when there are problems with God’s plans the solution lies with fixing the individual people, not ignoring or abandoning God’s plan.
To clarify, there are three aspects of Black Lives Matter and we need to make a distinction about which one I’m talking about.
Black Lives Matter is a phrase that people use to voice support for black Americans. I’m going to briefly address that at the end of all of this. Black Lives Matter is also a movement. People sometimes march or protest in the name of Black Lives Matter without being officially affiliated with the Black Lives Matter organization. I’m not going to talk about the movement, because it’s so hard to tell which people at any particular event are affiliated with the actual organization and which people are just mixed into the crowd for their own reasons. To be as fair as possible to Black Lives Matter I’m only going to talk about the third aspect, the Black Lives Matter national organization. And I won’t speak for them, I’ll take quotes directly from their website and provide links so that my representation of their position can be fact checked.
What does Black Lives Matter (BLM) stand for? Well, it would seem obvious—They exist to protect and promote the value of black lives in society.
Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.(Paragraph 1– https://blacklivesmatter.com/about/)
Let’s be clear. That is a good thing to stand for and is a goal worth supporting. Period. Full stop. And when you talk to many people that is the statement that they endorse when they show support for BLM.
Another goal of BLM is to defund the police.
We call for a national defunding of police.(Paragraph 8– https://blacklivesmatter.com/defundthepolice/)
The goal is no longer police reform or police accountability. The plainly stated goal is the abolishment of police departments across the country. No more police. Anywhere.
You can see the first fruits of this work in Minneapolis, where the city council is planning on “dismantling” the police department and replacing it with social workers and other similarly trained, presumably unarmed, civilian staff. Source: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/minneapolis-city-council-members-aim-to-dismantle-police-department-rethink-public-safety
That is the goal. In fact, it’s not just the goal, it’s a demand.
Now I’ll quote from Romans 13:1-4 (ESV)
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.
There’s a lot to unpack there and I’m going to take a big picture view of this passage.
1-Civil governments are a product of God’s divine plan for man.
2-The person who resists the civil governments “resists what God has appointed”.
3-The government has the God given authority to “bear the sword”.
4-An agent of the government who “bears the sword” is doing so as the “servant of God”.
Let me make another thing clear. There are terrible cops in this country. Terrible cops who make terrible decisions and I celebrate that Derek Chauvin was fired for his role in the death of George Floyd. And Derek Chauvin is not the end of the terrible-cop story in America. There are more, I’m sure of it.
But I do not believe that those terrible cops justify the abolishment of police departments across the country.
I have come to that belief by applying the same standard to the institution of police work that I applied to churches and families earlier.
1-God established churches and their organization.
2-God established families and their organization.
3-God established civil government and organized them such that they would “bear the sword” as his servants.
Those plans have been established and the fact of that is undeniable.
So what do we do when people, as people are apt to do, screw things up? Do we abolish all families because some husbands are abusive? Do we disband all churches because some shepherds fall away? Do we eliminate all police departments because some cops are terrible? If your answer to the first two is no, and it should be, then your answer to the third question should be “no” as well.
These are institutions established by God. We can remove people from them, we can reform injustices and abuse when we find them. But it is not up to us to invalidate God’s sovereign plan….because we screwed up the plan.
And that’s the position held by a Christian who supports Black Lives Matter. God had a plan. We failed at carrying out God’s plan. So we should definitely come up with our own plan instead. It’s preposterous to think that although we’re incapable of carrying out a perfect plan, we can somehow create a better plan on our own (and then not mess it up).
I believe the answer is no.
The national organization of Black Lives Matter supports goals that are good and noble. They also support goals that are clearly at odds with God’s plan for his children. And not just at odds with God’s plan, but they are actively working, on a national scale, to deconstruct God’s plans.
BLM stands for a society without consequences. And that should be at odds with any Christian’s world view.
My faith-based objections to BLM extends beyond their #defundthepolice goals. Let’s be clear about something else. BLM stands firmly against and promotes the ruination of the traditional Christian family.
From their website— https://blacklivesmatter.com/what-we-believe/
We are self-reflexive and do the work required to dismantle cisgender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence.(Paragraph 16)
We build a space that affirms Black women and is free from sexism, misogyny, and environments in which men are centered.(Paragraph 17)
We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.(Paragraph 20)
We foster a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual (unless s/he or they disclose otherwise).(Paragraph 21)
Read the entire document for yourself. Then ask yourself if BLM is supportive of the husband-led, heterosexual family that God has established.
Don’t stop there. Ask yourself if BLM is working to deconstruct the family that God established. They are.
Let me ask you this—If BLM were an organization that openly advocated for the dismantling of churches as God designed, would you support them? I’d hope not.
And I’d hope that a Christian wouldn’t lend support to a national organization that openly advocated for the dismantling of the civil government, no matter how abhorrent the actions of some of the government officials. Remember, when Paul was writing and encouraging Christians to support the “sword bearing” function of the civil government, he was writing to Christians in Rome, about the Roman government, that crucified Christ.
These are not incidental issues for BLM. The “defunding” portion of their website is featured in the header of their home page. The quotes included here were taken from their “About Us” and “What We Believe” pages.
So far we’ve only talked about the national organization of Black Lives Matter. I have recently been asked about my frustration with the use of the #blacklivesmatter hashtag and this seems as good a time as any to explain my position.
I believe that it is very possible to use the phrase “black lives matter” and to hashtag that phrase on social media without supporting the national organization of BLM.
But I don’t think it’s a good idea. I’ll explain why in two hypothetical scenarios dealing with slogans and organizations.
Americans are obsessed with choice. Burger King is so obsessed with choice that they dropped their slogan of 40 years, Have It Your Way, in favor of Be Your Way. My goodness gracious, even our fast food chains are encouraging us to choose not just our cheeseburgers but to choose how we’ll exist as people. Seems a little extreme for a burger place. But that’s how much we love choice.
And I’m onboard the choice train with everyone else.
But as much as I enjoy living a life with so many choices about so many things, I’d never decorate my car with a “Pro-Choice” bumper sticker.
I. Hate. Abortion. It’s a revolting practice that future generations will look back at and wonder how we could be so blissfully barbaric.
And because “Pro-Choice” has been adopted by the abortionists in our country, I feel that it wouldn’t be prudent to use a slogan associated with the murder of unborn children.
Or consider a hypothetical young married couple, Harry and Sally. Harry and Sally get married, buy a house, and after a few years decide it’s time to start a family.
Harry and Sally agonize over every decision for their new family. They buy a house in a could-de-sac so they won’t have much traffic in the street. The house is in the best school district. They’ve read all the books, taken all the classes, and have carefully curated their home to be the ideal environment for their little bundle-o’-joy.
Sally documents all of this in her mom-blog. All of the planning, every decision, it’s all there.
You tell me…. Would it be prudent for Sally to hashtag all of her blog posts with #plannedparenthood? After all, that’s what they’re engaged in. Planning their parenthood. It’s literally exactly what they’re doing.
Sure, that also happens to be the name of an organization that murdered over 300,000 unborn children in 2018 alone, but that’s not how Sally means to use her hashtag. And even if people misunderstand her intent, the national organization known as Planned Parenthood also does some very good things for the community too, right?
Wrong. No sane Christian would ever affiliate themselves with Planned Parenthood, even indirectly through a well-intentioned hashtag.
Look, I’m not saying that if you march at a BLM protest you’re in sin. And I’m not saying that any of this is related to your justification before God.
But I am saying this…. Imagine you have two boxes in front of you. They’re labeled “Good Ideas For Christians” and “Bad Ideas For Christians”.
Now ask yourself which box you’re going to put the following things into.
1) Supporting an organization that advocates dismantling the civil government that God has established.
2) Supporting an organization that advocates the destruction of the patriarchal family we see in the Bible.
3) Affiliating yourself with that organization, even unintentionally, through hashtags in your social media posts.
Show support for the black, brown, purple, or green communities. Support causes you believe in. But don’t support anti-family, anti-government causes along the way.
Posted on Oct 12, 2019
You know how there’s always that one guy who wants to rain on the good-time parade? Well, get out your umbrellas….
Ellen’s speech about tolerance was great. And completely unnecessary for everybody on the Right in this country. We’ve been saying for years that being decent to other humans is a good thing.
Not being decent to other humans is the Left’s problem, as evidenced by the need for Ellen’s explanation.
It wasn’t the Right in this country who were upset and asking why George was watching a football game with a gay democrat. It was the radical Left who were flipping out. As usual and as expected.
And quite frankly, the Left are the folks who have it easy in this regard. It’s easy to be friendly with your neighbor when they are employed, law abiding people who believe in personal accountability.
But “let’s just all get along” becomes a bit more difficult when the people on the other side of the aisle are wearing masks, assaulting journalists and the elderly, and murdering the unborn.
I agree with everything Ellen said, I just can’t hide my eyeroll while I agree.
Since I originally drafted this, Vanity Fair published an article….in support of my message. Link below.
Posted on Oct 15, 2018
The radical Leftists are tripping over themselves trying to find a way out out-stupid each other.
Now, you’re a bad father if you want your children to be smart, socially adept, and athletic. Because all good parents would want their boys to be stupid, socially awkward, and clumsy……?
Posted on Apr 3, 2018 1 Comment
I’m working through a rebuttal of what I’ll call the “Filthy Rags Doctrine”, the notion that Isaiah 64:6 teaches us that God views everything we do as worthless, filthy rags.
The notion is ridiculous on its surface, and at its foundation, but its a popular one. And that’s unfortunate.
I’m not done working out a thorough response, but for now I’ll leave this here…..
Posted on Nov 13, 2017
I’m sure we do on an individual level as well, but I’m not talking about that. I’m talking about gossip on the national level. And it’s completely out of control.
You probably don’t recognize it as gossip because it isn’t whispered in a private corner at a party or in an empty break room at your office. We’re bombarded with this gossip everyday, right out in the open without any shame at all, but we call it “news”.
Heads up, America….
When strangers’ marriages fall apart, it’s not “news”. Even if they’re celebrities. And if you’re watching something, or reading something, and that something wants to tell you about stuff that’s really none of your business….It’s high time you started ignoring that something.
But at least celebrity divorces are fairly verifiable. Either Brad and Angelina are married or they’re not.
But our country has taken the giant leap, on a national level, away from “this thing that’s none of my business happened, let’s talk about it” to “this thing that’s none of my business MIGHT have happened, let’s talk about it”.
Folks, it’s time that we stopped gossiping about what might have happened.
Every day on the “news” we’re hearing about allegation of sexual abuse from decades ago. There’s no proof, nothing but the word of one stranger against another. And people’s lives are being ruined because we’re listening to it.
Ask yourself this question…. Am I listening because I have a vested in the subject….or do I have itching ears, spending all of my time waiting to hear some new thing?
Posted on Aug 14, 2017
Over the past few days I’ve heard a lot of people talking about how “hate” and “racism” are un-American or that you can’t support “that cause” and still be an American.
And that is simply not true. Let me tell you why. Read More
Posted on Jan 10, 2017
What is a stay-at-home wife worth in American currency?
Posted on Oct 22, 2016
The United Nations chose an honorary ambassador for worldwide womens’ empowerment. Who did they choose? What one woman embodies all the qualities that young women should strive for? Read More
Posted on Oct 17, 2016 2 Comments
Posted on Aug 31, 2016
The media coverage of Colin Kaepernick’s interview, even by the “right wing” media outlets, has been absolutely abysmal. The real story isn’t about standing for the national anthem or police brutality.
The real story is America’s completely distorted view of “freedom”.
People of color have been targeted by police. So that’s a large part of it and they’re government officials. They are put in place by the government. So that’s something that this country has to change. There’s things we can do to hold them more accountable. Make those standards higher. You have people that practice law and are lawyers and go to school for eight years, but you can become a cop in six months and don’t have to have the same amount of training as a cosmetologist. That’s insane. Someone that’s holding a curling iron has more education and more training than people that have a gun and are going out on the street to protect us.
You’re right, Colin. I do think it’s insane that a cop receives six months of training, a lawyer goes to school for eight years and a cosmetologist learns their craft somewhere in between the two. But I don’t think it’s insane for the same reason you do.
Do you want to talk about freedom Colin? A conversation about freedom doesn’t begin talks about “police brutality”. (Which constitute 1% of the murders of black people in America. Black people are responsible for 97%…., but that’s not the point here.)
What about you, America….Do you want to talk about freedom? Because a conversation about freedom doesn’t begin with Colin’s right to sit or stand during the national anthem.
In fact, Colin may be the only one who really sees what’s wrong with “freedom” in our country. He’s just too stupid to know that he’s got it all figured out.
In fact, until June 8, 2015 you had to have a license in Texas to braid hair. Let that sink in for a minute. In the Land Of The Free, the home of the Alamo and the Come-And-Take-It cannon, we actually regulate who you can pay to braid your hair.
The sad part is that nobody even noticed.
With all the chest thumping about freedom and ‘Murica, it never bothered anyone that our country is so ridden with nonsensical laws that people spend 8 years in school to be able to practice law. In a land of “freedom”?
The notion that you’d need to be licensed to cut someone’s hair should be offensive, on a personal level, to everyone in this country.
We’ve gone so far down the rabbit hole of government intrusion into our lives that we don’t even bat an eye at “licensed hair braiding”.
It’s time for freedom loving Americans, the people who really want this country to make a turn for the better, to start conversations about freedom. It’s time to start educating the people we meet about what real freedom looks like. And we can start with the absurd notion of cosmetology licenses.
Posted on Aug 22, 2016
I don’t mean worldwide, because certainly there are Christians suffering across the world. But I’m talking about right here in America? Why aren’t we getting murdered for our faith? I’ve wondered this quite a bit, not understanding why we have it so easy. Read More
Posted on Jul 25, 2016
In the steroid documentary Bigger, Stronger, Faster there’s an interesting conversation that occurs between the filmmaker and his mother. The exchange looks something like this…
Mother (trying to convince her son that using drugs is wrong)–The Bible tells us how to live.
Son–Yeah, but the Bible doesn’t tell us everything we need to know.
Mother–Sure it does.
Son–The Bible doesn’t tell me how to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Read More
Posted on Jul 18, 2016
I vividly remember my parents telling me….my mother in a threatening, exasperated tone and my father in a humorous, I can’t wait to watch it happen tone….that one day, “You’ll have a son just like you.” Read More
Posted on Jul 10, 2016
On July 7th, twelve police officers were shot in Dallas, Texas in an act of domestic terrorism. Five of them were killed.
On July 8th, Pandora (a music streaming service) published this on their Facebook page….
Posted on Jun 20, 2016
I think we sometimes approach prayer with an attitude that volume is of great importance. We’re certainly to be prayerful people (1Thess. 5) and are assured that our prayers are heard and can accomplish great things (James 5).
So I’m not proposing that we pray less or that “three” is the “right” number of prayers to pray for what we desire.
But I do believe that in Paul’s three prayers we can see the power of prayer and can have great confidence in the fact that God is hearing our prayers and considering them as we pray them. We don’t have to pray for weeks or hundreds of times before we’re heard. God is listening, and answering, right now.
Posted on Jun 14, 2016
Seven times in the first chapter of Genesis we read that God was pleased with his creation.
As I type this I am incredibly frustrated and discouraged with God’s creation….the heat, the gnats and mosquitoes, the heat, the allergens, the people, the heat (mostly the heat).
But I am also incredibly embarrassed at how superficial I am.
God created this world and saw that it was good. I (and maybe you, but definitely me) need to start looking at this world through the lens of it being God’s creation, rather than our playground.
Genesis 1:31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.
Posted on Jun 4, 2016
Follow this example with me for just a minute…
Mr. Banker opens a new bank in town and advertises that his bank is the safest one around.
Mr. Hammer owns a construction company and decides to deposit the profit from his latest job in Mr. Banker’s bank. Mr. Hammer deposits $1,000,000 in Mr. Banker’s bank.
Mr. Hammer has 1 Million imaginary dollars in his bank account.
Mr. Banker has 1 Million actual dollars in his bank.
Mrs. Pie needs money to open a new bakery in town and convinces Mr. Banker to loan her $1,000,000 to complete the project.
Mr. Hammer has 1 Million imaginary dollars in his bank account.
Mrs. Pie has 1 Million imaginary dollars in her bank account.
Mr. Banker has 1 Million actual dollars in his bank.
Mrs. Pie hires Mr. Hammer to build her new bakery and pays him $1,000,000–Which he promptly deposits into his account.
Mr. Hammer supposedly has $2,000,000 in his account, but Mr. Banker still only has $1,000,000 in his bank.
Unfortunately, the construction of the bakery went over budget (how awful!). Mrs. Pie gets another loan and pays Mr. Hammer to finish the project. Mr. Hammer deposits his last $1,000,000 into the bank.
And that’s how our economy works. Goods are purchased, money is borrowed, bills are paid….with money that doesn’t exist.
Mrs. Pie has faith that her shop will be a success and she’ll be able to pay off her loan.
Mr. Banker has faith that if Mrs. Pie’s bakery is a success, she will actually pay her bill every month.
Mr. Hammer has faith that Mr. Hammer isn’t squandering that original $1,000,000 he deposited.
Everyone lives their life based on faith in something. Things that are completely intangible. Mr. Hammer has faith in something that he not only can’t see, but something that he KNOWS doesn’t exist (his $3,000,000).
Once you accept that your life is governed by things that you can’t touch, but believe in anyway, then you just have to decide WHICH intangible thing you’ll put your faith in.
Posted on Jun 2, 2016
Every time you walk in the rain, this is what happens.
This Earth that we live on is covered in water. Imagine a cube that’s one mile tall, wide and deep, then imagine that cube filled with water.
Now imagine 300,000,000 of those cubes–That’s how much water covers the Earth.
Every day 280 of those one-mile-cubes evaporate into the atmosphere.
Heat from the Sun helps this evaporation take place. The Sun is an enormous fireball roughly 93,000 miles from Earth. To put “enormous” in perspective, you could fit nearly 1,000,000 Earths inside the Sun. The Earth is the only planet that exists at the perfect distance from the sun to be warmed, but not consumed, by its heat.
After those 280 one-mile-cubes of water are warmed by that fireball 93,000 miles away, they become water vapor and create clouds. There are around 3,100 of those one-mile-cubes of water existing in our atmosphere at any time as water vapor.
As vapor, the water isn’t heavy enough to fall back to Earth. But as the cloud droplets attach to dust particles and collide with each other they become larger and larger. When millions of droplets finally form together, they create a single rain drop.
And as you walk in the rain those tiny raindrops land on your arms and face. Each and every raindrop was formed when millions of cloud droplets collided with each other miles above the Earth, after being sucked up into the atmosphere because water was heated to just the right temperature by a fireball 1,000,000 times larger than Earth and 93,000 miles away from us. And every day that happens to 280 one-mile-cubes of water.
When the rain strikes your skin you can feel it because our bodies contain over 235,000 feet of nerves. Those nerves perceive the water drop, the water drop that is formed from the collision of millions of cloud droplets miles above Earth, because a fireball 1,000,000 times larger than Earth heated 280 cubic miles of water and caused it to evaporate and form clouds–Those nerves perceive the water drop hitting your face and send a message to your brain at over 160 miles per hour, telling you that you’re getting wet.
And when you think of it in those terms, it’s actually quite comforting to know that there’s a Creator out there who designed all of that and put it together, then decided to create you and put you here to enjoy it.
And if He did all of that just for a single rain drop, think of what He’ll do for you.
Posted on May 30, 2016
Somewhere along the way the phrase “Oh my God” has become second nature for those who don’t care much about God and taboo for those that do. And that ain’t right. Read More
Posted on May 26, 2016
Around 83AD the Romans invaded Scotland and a Scottish Chief noted, “They give slaughter, plunder and robbery the lying name of empire. They create deserts and call it peace.”
We’ll murder unborn children, tax your business into bankruptcy, and force you to purchase our insurance. We’ll call that equality
We’ll destroy your families and our nation’s work ethic and call it progress.
The only thing that’s different is that we’re being destroyed from within.
Posted on May 24, 2016
There was once a little boy who no one payed much attention to. The little boy wanted so badly to be noticed that instead of just doing his job he cried out to everyone who could hear, “I’m offended!!!” Read More
Posted on May 21, 2016
Last month Hillary said that a gang can be like a family and that what we need are “positive gangs”, presumably to influence young people to be good people.
Of course, the obvious alternative of just encouraging families to raise their children so that they wouldn’t need gangs is out of the question for the Left.
When you go to vote this year remember that you’re not just voting for or against a person, you’re voting for or against the worldview of the candidates. And Hillary’s worldview is one that completely ignores the sanctity of life and family.
You don’t have to vote for someone, you can just vote against the other guy.
Posted on May 18, 2016
I’ve seen this verse quoted over and over again lately in reference to the transgender phenomenon that’s being thrown in our face. The premise of those misinterpreting the quote by Jesus is that when confronted by sin Jesus simply befriended people and gave them good advice.
If you want a more thorough explanation of what really happened when Jesus was confronted with the adulterous woman, click here.
But even without a solid understanding of the Mosaical Law that Jesus was keeping at the time, the very quote itself should be enough to give the mis-quoters pause…..Jesus told the woman to “go and sin no more”.
There are a couple of things we should all take away from that quote….
Now I don’t think that we need to go charging through the world, bashing everyone we meet over the head with judgment and condemnation. After all, we’re all sinners (Romans 3:23) and we’ve been saved by the grace of God, rather than our own righteousness (Romans 3:24). We need to preach the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15) with gracious speech (Colossians 4:6), considering how we can best reach each person with the gospel.
But all of that can be done while still making judgment calls about the latest agenda being crammed down our throats. And we can better refute the fringe by understanding what happened with Jesus and the adulterous woman in John 8.
Posted on May 16, 2016
On October 22, 1707 Admiral Sir Clowdisley Shovell was in charge of five English warships off the coast of France. The dreary, gray skies made navigation difficult and Shovell wasn’t quite sure just how close to the coast they were.
A young, unnamed sailor, fearing what he believed was an eminent crash due to Shovell’s poor navigation, came forward and admitted that he had also been keeping track of the fleet’s whereabouts….and he thought Shovel was steering them toward disaster.
Shovel promptly hanged the poor sailor for mutiny. Read More
Posted on May 10, 2016
According to Hindu religious beliefs the dead must be burned in order for their soul to get “complete freedom”. In India most traditional cremations take three days and consume a considerable amount of wood (presumably causing unneeded air pollution and certainly using a considerable amount of wood from the countryside).
So Indian environmentalists are trying to overturn centuries of tradition and religious beliefs in the name of cleaner air. “India is trying to become a highly developed nation without doing as much environmental damage as countries like the U.S. and China did when they were making this leap. To succeed, India will have to make huge changes in its energy policy, as well as small-scale changes in the way people go about their daily lives — and their deaths.”
“Centuries-old religious practices don’t just transform overnight.”–That’s right. In the name of plentiful forests the Hindu of India are expected to transform their religious practices. Because, trees.
Don’t doubt for a second how radical the radical environmental agenda really is. They’ll even mess up your life after you die.
Posted on May 8, 2016 1 Comment
It’s 364 days until Mother’s Day. For some mothers that probably means that it’ll be 364 days until it seems like you’re noticed again. To hold you over, think about this….. Read More
Posted on May 4, 2016
I’m curious what America will do when Trump calms down, and it will happen. In fact, it already has. Yesterday morning Trump said Ted Cruz was unhinged, last night Trump said Cruz has a bright future.
What happens when Trump has to explain what he’ll replace Obamacare with?
What happens when Trump lets us know how the federal government will intrude into our neighborhoods to “improve” them?
Everybody loves that Trump “says what they’re thinking”.
What happens when he starts saying what HE’S thinking?
Posted on Apr 30, 2016 1 Comment
Dear Christians, whether you want to admit it or not…the transgender bathroom issue is complicated. Read More
Posted on Apr 27, 2016 1 Comment
Seth Godin talks a lot about our tribe. Rather than speak of people in terms of “friends” or “family” or “neighbors” he refers to those closest to us as our tribe.
Family can be obnoxious, exhausting or even abusive. Friend is an over-used and watered down term. Neighbors would sometimes be better, if they weren’t. Because of genetics or geography those people usually retain those titles far longer than they should.
But our tribe is who we pick. The people in our tribe have earned our respect and we want theirs. We’ve chosen them and they’ve chosen us. Not because of who we are, but in spite of who we are.
You’ll protect your tribe, share with your tribe, fight and love and laugh and cry with your tribe. The hard part is remembering that you have to let your tribe do the same for you.
They’re worth it, and so are you.
Posted on Apr 24, 2016
Maybe you are a special snowflake. But what if that special snowflake-ness comes with responsibility, not privilege? Read More
Posted on Apr 20, 2016
Let’s talk about the two most polarizing figures in the current political race. You’d think that there would be worlds of differences between the positions of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. But is that really true? Are their views really that much different?
Don’t let me tell you, just read what they have to say for yourself. Read More
Posted on Apr 18, 2016
That’s right, there are no strong-willed children. They simply don’t exist. Read More
Posted on Apr 11, 2016 1 Comment
I want to be known as a failure. Read More
Posted on Apr 4, 2016
Christianity is a very exclusive club, which is something that not a lot of people like to admit. The Bible tells us that few people will find the narrow path, and if you look at the sheer numbers of people worldwide who reject Christianity you’ll see how painfully true that is.
But it seems that exclusive clubs aren’t very popular anymore. “Exclusive Club” brings to mind visions of racism, sexism, and old rich white men smoking cigars and plotting to take over the world.
So in an effort to be inclusive, synergistic, accepting and whatever other buzzwords you’d like to include we’ve tried to strip away the exclusivity of Christianity. We’ve traveled well beyond “attend the church of your choice” into the land of “worship the god of your choice”. And we consider anyone who’s a really good person to be a Christian.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but to wear the name “Christian” you have to serve “Christ”…..it’s in the name. And not many people are willing to do that, hence how exclusive the club is.
Rather than telling the world that our club doesn’t exclude anyone, we should be telling them that our club welcomes everyone. There’s a difference, and the difference lies in the conditions of membership.
There’s good news and bad news about becoming a Christian. The bad news is that it will cost you everything you have. All of it. The good news is that whatever you have, however little it may be, is enough.
God only wants your heart. When He has that, He’ll have everything else. He’ll have all of you.
You see, Christianity isn’t exclusive because it keeps people out–It’s exclusive because so few are willing to pay the price of admission. Matthew 22:36-38 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.”
Posted on Apr 1, 2016
I had an acquaintance ask me recently, “How old were your kids when they started listening to you?” He went on to explain that his four year old sometimes disobeys him, so he’s not sure that he’s even going to bother with trying to discipline her anymore.
And that demonstrates the problem with results oriented parenting. Read More
Posted on Mar 25, 2016
This weekend people all over the world will be reminded of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ. I don’t think I’m equipped to add anything to the magnitude of those events, but will share one small observation about how they’re important in different ways.
Posted on Mar 22, 2016
There are countless things that matter to me in a candidate. I’d prefer to find one that agrees with me on everything, but until that happens I’ll be forced to make concessions here and there. So I’ve had to decide what’s most important to me, and I have.
In America, approximately 20% of pregnancies end in abortion. For every four babies that you see, there was another murdered. Read More
Posted on Mar 21, 2016
Law and order. I wish there was a way of saying law and order that didn’t make our critics say, “Oh you’re talking about the racial question now”. I would like to know how to say law and order by other means, but still mean law and order. One of the problems that we face and that Nixon has got to face is this….What do we do about the growth of really mutinous members of the American community, these people have got to be faced not only politically but philosophically.
–William F. Buckley, 1968 Read More
Posted on Mar 18, 2016 5 Comments
Do you remember playing backyard football as a kid? There were never quite enough people to make up two full teams, so somebody was designated as the “All-Time Quarterback”. He’d throw for both teams, hustle the entire game and never really got a break.
Once you become a dad of fishing age children, that’s what you become….The All-Time Quarterback. Read More
Posted on Mar 16, 2016
There are three kinds of imperfect people in this world. They are all the same, in that they aren’t perfect, but they’re all different as well.
The first is the man who uses his imperfection as an excuse. This man is lazy, or apathetic, or both. You’ll hear “I’m not perfect” used to excuse mistakes that would have been the simplest to correct or avoid. This man knows that perfection isn’t expected, only competence. But he uses perfection as the straw man to avoid accountability. “Nobody’s perfect” is the motto of those who don’t care if they make mistakes, but who are too cowardly to say so.
The second is the man who wears his imperfection as a badge of honor. As he wallows in his mire he proclaims “I’m not perfect” as a rallying cry to get others to follow him or come wallow with him. Oddly enough, “nobody’s perfect” is the excuse that those not in the mire give to the wallower. Rather than scorn him for his behavior, or work to pull him out of the mud, there are those who would white-wash this man with a flippant catch phrase and keep observing him.
The last imperfect man is the man who knows he’s imperfect and seeks a cure. He knows he’s failed, over and over. But rather than excusing his mistakes, or wallowing in them, he acknowledges his imperfection, struggles against it and pleads for help from whatever source it can be found. “I’m not perfect” is a cry for help to this man.
And I’m tired of having the first or second man compared to the third. The third isn’t perfect, but he deserves better than to be thrown down into the mud he’s trying to avoid. He offers sorrow rather than excuses and that needs to be acknowledged.
Lastly, we need to stop accepting for an excuse or boast what should be a cry of despair. “I’m not perfect” has to be considered in the context of how it’s spoken, not how we want to hear it.
Posted on Mar 14, 2016
If the rainbow adorned White House turned your stomach, like it did mine, consider this…. Read More
Posted on Mar 12, 2016
I don’t think America has any idea what it wants in a politician.
The Left wants everybody to be equal and have lots of free stuff. The problem is that their dream is impossible. So no, they really don’t know what they want in any realistic scenario.
The Right wanted a true conservative. They wanted someone like Reagan, whatever that meant, and voters stayed home every election because the (R) candidate was too moderate for them. Then when presented with the opportunity to vote for a conservative, they complained that he was too conservative and “unelectable” (the circular logic of not electing someone because they can’t be elected is apparently lost on them), so they voted for the reality TV guy.
On both sides of the American political discussion we have candidates telling people exactly what they want to hear, with no regard for the Constitution or reality.
The Left is being entertained with fairy tales of free college education and a living wage for entry level employment. The Right is being entertained with angry rants of how Mexico will build us a “free” fence and how no more Muslims will get into our country.
Anyone with the common sense God gave a fence post knows that none of that is actually feasible, but they listen anyway. Why? I think it’s because what America wants, more than anything else, is to be entertained.
We’ve reached the point that what stimulates your mind is less important than what tickles your fancy. And that’s a dangerous place to be.
Posted on Mar 8, 2016 2 Comments
This post is not suitable to be read with a child looking over your shoulder. I’m not writing crudely just for the sake of crudeness, but crudeness is sometimes a byproduct when speaking of the most intimate details of our lives. Read More
Posted on Mar 4, 2016
I suppose that I take great pride in the things that I surround myself with. I enjoy the tug of a fish on a line, the smell of fall in the air, the comfort of my favorite chair, the sound of my favorite rickety fan when I nap.
But the more I surround myself with people, and that’s not always a comfortable thing for me to do, I see the value in surrounding myself with good people.
It’s more difficult to surround yourself with good people because good people, unlike good things, have the option of just walking away from you when you act like a jerk.
So I’ve come to believe that the value of the people around you is a much better gauge of your worth than the value of the things around you.
Posted on Mar 3, 2016
Somebody mentioned to me recently that you should always be proud of your work, because you’re trading heartbeats to produce it. Read More
Posted on Feb 29, 2016
I realized recently that all too often we fail to realize the difference between authority and credibility. Authority is given and its assumed. Authority can come from a promotion, an election, by birthright or by chance.
So why does that difference matter?
It matters because too often parents think that because they have authority over their children’s lives, they also hold credibility in their children’s eyes. But that’s often not the case. You can make your kids do all sorts of things for no other reason than because you’re their parent. But without credibility your kids won’t take you, or your rules and advice, seriously when you’re not looking or when they’re grown.
It should matter in organizations like police departments, where authority is assumed, but is nearly useless without credibility.
Or in churches, where people sometimes try to represent God’s authority without building credibility as people worth listening to.
Hypocrites can have authority, but they’ll never have credibility.
Authority figures say, “Do as I say”. People with credibility say, “Do as I do.”
You can only have authority when someone else gives it to you. But no one can take your credibility from you, you’ll have it as long as you’re willing to work for it.
People are pushed by authority, but they’re led by credibility.
If you want to make a difference in the lives of your family, your church, or where you work….Build credibility.
Posted on Feb 25, 2016
Stanford University recently published statistics from a study of mass shootings in America and their results just aren’t that surprising. Read More
Posted on Feb 22, 2016
You won’t every find a candidate that shares all of your opinions on everything, the best you can hope for is someone who shares a similar worldview as you. And it’s easy to see a candidate’s worldview, if you just listen to what they’re saying. Read More
Posted on Feb 20, 2016
The power seen in the resurrection of Christ is an inspiration to Christians, and always has been. It’s in the resurrection of Christ that we find hope of our own resurrection after death.
1Corinthians 15:19,20 For if only in this life we have hope in Christ, we should be pitied more than anyone. But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. Read More
Posted on Feb 15, 2016
The date night is an elusive creature for parents. Imagine searching on the moon for a dolphin-unicorn hybrid. That’s what it’s like, looking for a dolphicornalien. Until you’ve gone through the process of planning a date night as a new parent you really can’t imagine just how complicated it can be. Read More
Posted on Feb 13, 2016
Samuel Clemens made a great name for himself writing about the Mississippi River as Mark Twain. But he said later in his life that after learning the river as a riverboat captain, it lost all of its mystery. He didn’t see the water swirling mysteriously, he saw the evidence of dangerous hidden boulders beneath its surface. Read More
Posted on Feb 10, 2016
Dear Bad Parents,
Heads up…When you make terrible decisions about how to parent your children you’re not just ruining them, you’re ruining things for everyone else too.
When you teach your children that they don’t have to work before they play, when they’re raised with no concept of sowing and reaping, they grow up to be adults who don’t want to work in order to play and never grasp the concept of sowing and reaping.
It’s embarrassing that someone so out of touch with reality is seen as a viable candidate to lead the free world. People are actually willing to vote for him.
Now I’m sure that most people assume this letter is addressed to the bad parents with unruly children in the grocery store. And it is. But it’s also addressed to all of the older folks who were bad parents back in their day. Don’t tell me about how “back in your day” things were a lot better. Because we have an entire generation of 30-somethings that are totally out of touch with reality. Somebody raised all of these idiots, and I know who it was. It was the bad parents of yesteryear.
So think long and hard about how you’re going to discipline your children, Mr. & Mrs. BadParents. Because after you’ve washed your hands of them and sent them off into the world, we’re the people who have to put up with their nonsense. So do us all a favor and teach them even the most basic moral guidelines, instill in them a good work ethic, and make sure they understand that there’s no such thing as a free lunch.
They, and the rest of the world, will be better off if you do.
Posted on Feb 8, 2016
The Left are all in a tiff about the Doritos commercial yesterday….And do you know why? They’re mad because it depicted the truth, and the Left just can’t handle the truth.
The commercial depicted a mother that was happy and excited to see her unborn child.
And an unborn child with a consciousness that responded to stimulus from the world.
And an unborn child that was only moments away from being a born child.
That Doritos commercial depicted the truth, with humor, but the truth nonetheless. And the truth is what the Left will always and forever try to suppress.
Posted on Feb 4, 2016
I’m not talking about letting them decide what to wear or what kind of cake they want for their birthday. I’m talking about real decisions. Should we let them decide? Read More
Posted on Jan 31, 2016 1 Comment
Throughout the Old Testament we see a pattern of God’s followers setting up visual reminders of God and what He had done for them. When did we stop doing this, and should we start doing it again? Read More
Posted on Jan 29, 2016
I always make it a point to read a company’s mission statement when I happen to see one. Mostly to see just how far they’ll go to make themselves sound important. And they always act like they came up with these ideas….
“We will strive to work synergistically with local stakeholders to build trust and cohesion in our community.”
OK, so you’re going to be nice to people and expect them to be nice to you.
“Our goal is to anticipate our customers’ needs and exceed their expectations at every opportunity.”
Translation–We’re going to treat others the way we’d like to be treated.
Rather than all of this can’t we make things so much simpler, and more realistic?
Why can’t a company just say, “We’re going to do our job. We’re going to do it as best we can, as quickly as we can, and we’ll do our best to make it right when we screw up.” Wouldn’t that be a statement that employees could really get behind? Couldn’t they really believe in that, and actually remember it? Couldn’t they see that mission statement in action from the company’s management?
And why couldn’t we extend that simple thought to our families?
“We’re going to work to be the best husband / wife / mother / father / child / brother / sister that we can be. Sometimes we’ll screw that up, but we’ll be patient with each other as we keep trying to screw up less.”
Posted on Jan 25, 2016
We don’t pay our kids for doing chores.
That’s not to say that we don’t understand the idea of positive reinforcement. When they were younger we had a “star chart” and gave them stars for good behavior and let them cash in stars for a trip for ice cream or such.
But as they’ve grown we’ve changed our outlook, and their’s, toward chores and rewards. And here’s why. Read More
Posted on Jan 21, 2016
I think that Christians today are facing a challenge never faced before.
We’re commanded in the Bible to be reliable people (Matthew 5:37) and we talked about that a few days ago. But before people find us reliable, they have to trust what we say.
200 years ago in order for people to not trust what you said, you had to deliberately lie to them. But that’s not the case anymore. We’re not just in the information age, we’re in the information overload age. Any position you want to take, any statistic you want to claim, can be not only announced but can be supported with a real-live link to the internet.
But today we don’t even have to go looking for misinformation, it comes flooding in to us on a daily basis. And that’s the danger of click-to-share. Without any effort or ill intentions on our part we can send lies out to the world, completely unaware of what we’re doing.
It’s not hard to check out links on Facebook to see if they’re accurate. And if we’re not willing to see if they’re true or not, are they worth sharing?
Posted on Jan 19, 2016
Posted on Jan 14, 2016 1 Comment
Dear Mr. President,
Don’t blame me. Yesterday at a town hall forum in Louisiana you said that the greatest regret of your Presidency was that politics has become more contentious since you took office.
Well Mr. President, all of those things are actually true. But they’re not the reason for how contentious politics has become during your tenure.
We’ve tried to demand more from our elected officials. But then the Secretary of State let Americans die in Benghazi, Libya, lied to us about why they died, and then wondered aloud why we even cared. At the highest levels of government YOUR administration has failed us and YOU never held them accountable.
We’ve tried to get more involved in politics. But when our political views differ from your views, we’ve become the targets of the Internal Revenue Service. Lois Lerner exercised her 5th Amendment right against self incrimination TWICE last year while being investigated for the scandal. We’d love to become more involved in politics, but under your administration we’ve been persecuted by the federal government when we try.
So what about working together? Honestly, we haven’t tried to work together on some issues. And on those issues you really didn’t want us to work together, you just wanted us to do things your way. But I’m not interested in doing things your way. I realize that’s very polarizing, just as you accused me of being.
Honestly, Mr. President….The government-sponsored murder of unborn children is a polarizing issue. Lighting up the White House as a rainbow to celebrate homosexual “marriage” was a polarizing thing to do. Calling Bruce Jenner “courageous” was an incredibly polarizing thing to say.
So, Mr. President, don’t blame us. We’ve tried doing all that you suggested, but have been beaten up, ridiculed and abused by your administration at every turn. Now we’re just hopeful for the change that’s on the horizon.
Click here for a transcript of the speech.
Posted on Jan 11, 2016
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Posted on Jan 4, 2016
There’s a gun violence story that the media isn’t reporting on, but I’ll tell you about it. Read More
Posted on Jan 1, 2016 2 Comments
We need solutions.
Anyone can identify a problem. I can look at a sick person and say, “Hey, you look awful. I bet you’re sick.” Any politician can say, “Our tax code is broken.”, or “We need immigration reform.” What we need are people who are willing to come up with solutions.
Posted on Dec 29, 2015
Start your New Year’s Resolution today. Right now.
If we’re not serious about it on December 30th, we won’t be serious about it on January 1st. If it’s not important on December 30th, it won’t be important on January 1st. We’ll pretend that we’re serious about it, we’ll pretend that it’s important. But we’ll really only be serious about pretending to make a change for the better. Pretending to make a change will be the only thing that is important to us.
Find something you really want to fix about yourself and then start. Right now. We’re worth it.
Posted on Dec 27, 2015
There are few character traits more despised in our society than hypocrisy. And that Christians are accused of being hypocritical more than any other segment of society. As a Christian, I think that’s our own fault. Read More
Posted on Dec 24, 2015
This time of year, when it seems the entire world is contemplating the birth of Christ, I think it’s good to be reminded of WHY He was born. Read More
Posted on Dec 20, 2015 1 Comment
Why aren’t women foot-stomping mad? Why aren’t they writing angry letters to the editor or shouting from the rooftops or rioting in the streets? They’ve got plenty to be mad about….From Bruce Jenner being announced as the “woman” of the year and government sponsored abortions destroying families to the continued devaluation of their contribution to society.
“Why aren’t they rioting in the streets?”, I wondered.
And then I realized why. They aren’t rioting in the streets because they’re too busy.
While the media is glorifying men with breasts and looking down from their proverbial high horse at women who aren’t consumed with a career….Women are keeping their families together.
There are millions of women who should be fighting mad, but they aren’t because they just don’t have the time. They’re too busy fixing lunches, wrapping presents, (getting the stains out of an entire load of laundry after I left TWO pens in the pocket of my pants–Sorry ’bout that babe), and making their houses into homes.
So be mad for them. I’m not sure that any husband (or any five husbands) could accomplish what a woman does in one day. They need someone to stick up for them, and if you can’t do the cooking-You can do the fighting for them. They need it. And they deserve it.
Posted on Dec 17, 2015
Random thought after attending some training this week.
If all of that is true and normal and perfectly understandable….
Anyone who has ever sat through a boring class or lecture knows that it’s not enough for the teacher to just KNOW the material….If they want to make a difference, they have to know how to DELIVER the material.
Posted on Dec 14, 2015
A reoccurring theme throughout the New Testament is the freedom that Christ has blessed us with. He’s blessed us with freedom from shame, unhappiness and discontent, and most importantly the freedom from the consequences of our sin.
But there is one thing that God hasn’t set us free from. Read More
Posted on Dec 11, 2015
I’ve mentioned before that our children’s very first look at God and His personality should be in us and how we treat them. A few days ago we talked about patience, and how God’s example of patience with us should show us how to be patient with our kids. But how does patience harmonize with discipline? Read More
Posted on Dec 7, 2015 3 Comments
Where are our kids first exposed to God? In church? Sunday School? Bedtime Stories? I don’t think so. I think that our kids’ first look at God….Is (or at least-should be) in us, their parents. Read More
Posted on Dec 5, 2015
Everyone is clamoring again for gun control to end all of this senseless violence. So let’s see what kind of plan we’d actually need to accomplish that goal.
Posted on Dec 2, 2015 1 Comment
I believe that we’ve created a monster. It’s not in our power-hungry government, not in our damaging tax code, not in our broken public school system. I believe we’ve created a monster in our churches. Read More
Posted on Nov 30, 2015
The latest Batman comic is taking on social issues like never before, depicting Batman rescuing a black teenager from white cops about to gun him down.
Let that sink in for just a minute. Yes, it was hard for me to believe too. When I first read about it I just sat in slack-jawed astonishment……They’re still making Batman comic books?!?!?!?
Posted on Nov 26, 2015
I’ve worked a lot, probably most, of the family holidays since my kids were born. Coming from someone who has worked so many holidays, I can speak from experience when I say that you shouldn’t feel guilty for shopping on Black Friday.
Some of those holidays I was required to work, but some of them I volunteered for. For some folks working holidays is a time to make some much needed Christmas or bill-paying money. It might not be the most ideal time to be at work, but it’s a good time to make money-at a time of the year when money is usually in short supply.
Nobody is working at Wal-Mart for the fun of it. They’re working there to make money, and Black Friday is a chance to make a little more. If they didn’t need the money, or want the money, they wouldn’t work a job that required them to work holidays.
Don’t cancel your Black Friday shopping and don’t feel guilty about it either. You’re not forcing anyone to be at work, you’re supporting the people who are willing to work for what they want.
Posted on Nov 23, 2015 1 Comment
Would a Christian government let the refugees in? Read More
Posted on Nov 21, 2015 3 Comments
This became painfully obvious a few days ago, watching a dad try to “parent” his two year old. Read More
Posted on Nov 11, 2015
Posted on Nov 9, 2015
Think back on your childhood…. Was there anything, ever, more absolutely-bone chillingly terrifying than when your father finally had enough of your back seat antics and flipped the rearview mirror at you? Read More
Posted on Nov 6, 2015
This is the last post is a series that started here. If you’re interested, it would really be best to start at the beginning and work your way through the series to help understand what I’m proposing now.
As I said in this post, I don’t think that every case of suicide necessarily results in eternal damnation for the sole reason that a person can’t ask for forgiveness of it. But that’s not to say that suicide isn’t dangerous to our salvation….And here’s why. Read More
Posted on Nov 3, 2015 2 Comments
We started discussing this in the last post and I’d like to talk about it some more. The most common spiritual objection to suicide that I’ve heard is that suicide will ALWAYS inevitably result in an eternity in Hell because it’s a sin for which you can’t ask forgiveness.
Let me state two things perfectly clearly, then ask a third.
Posted on Nov 2, 2015 2 Comments
I firmly believe that in most cases suicide is a problem with a spiritual answer. When people need purpose and fulfillment and joy in their lives, they’ll only be satisfied when they look for those things in Christ.
But I’m afraid that often the spiritual answers we have to the problem of suicide do nothing to direct people back to the fulfillment found in Christ.
Posted on Nov 1, 2015 2 Comments
I’d like to spend the week talking about suicide. Specifically, what a Christian’s response should be when confronted with questions about suicide-whether from their own hearts or from someone else who is struggling with them.
I’d like to organize the posts along these lines (I’ll add links to this list as new posts are added)….
Posted on Oct 27, 2015
As the trans-continental railroad stretched east from California, a flood of Chinese workers made the trip to America looking for work on the railroad and in the booming California economy.
Of the books that have survived from that time are Chinese-English translation books. And the phrases they translate are very telling, as it were. Read More
Posted on Oct 23, 2015
I realized this week, while listening to a sermon posted to Facebook, how much I’ve come to cringe when I hear the “5 Steps Of Salvation”.
Posted on Oct 18, 2015
I like dogs. I’m not a crazy dog person like some people are though, and I’ve never really understood how some people go to the extreme of “they’re like kids to me” until I read this…. Read More
Posted on Oct 15, 2015 2 Comments
What if your free speech, all of those ideas and opinions that our founding fathers guaranteed you the right to proudly proclaim, what if that free speech had to be carried in your pocket rather than your heart?
Posted on Oct 12, 2015
Why do your kids argue and fight? And does it matter? On a recent road trip this hit me, and I wish it would have a long, long time ago. Read More
Posted on Oct 9, 2015
I’m afraid that we (me included) sometimes try too hard to break the Bible down into a series of facts and timetables.
We probably do this because facts and talking points are handier to win arguments. And too often, winning arguments and being right is what religion is about for a lot of people.
But it was pointed out to me recently, and it’s true, that among all the facts and charts and timetables we can lose the STORY of Jesus.
But it’s in that story that we not only see the facts, but we see the personality of God. And through the stories we can truly see the love that God has for us.
For example, how popular would Superman be if he were intruced as a strong guy who could run and jump? Nobody would care.
But when Superman is introduced as the Man of Steel who is faster than a speeding bullet and can leap tall buildings in a single bound….THEN we pay attention.
And among the facts that Jesus became a man and died and gave us some things to do after He left is a story.
And it’s that story that we should be preaching. Jesus became flesh. He lost friends and wept. His friends slept while He grieved. He worried about his mother as He hung dying on a cross.
And He did all of that because His creation had a debt that it couldn’t pay. Because God is righteous, He couldn’t pardon that debt. So rather than than dispense justice, He paid that debt with his own blood in a horrendous death. Rather than see us die as we deserved, He died for us. And He died for us while we were still in rebellion against Him.
Then after He died Jesus promised that if we would live a life that put all of our faith in Him, a life that put our dependence in Him….He would bring us to Heaven to live with Him forever.
That’s the story of Christ. And among all of the argument-winning facts, we can’t ever stop telling that story.
Posted on Oct 7, 2015
Colonel Jeff Cooper once observed that no one should ever want to go on a vacation. His reasoning was that “vacationing” just implied that you were going to vacate one place to occupy another.
Instead, he reasoned that we should leave home with the purpose of “adventuring”.
The difference is subtle, but words are powerful.
I believe that we’ll be taking more adventures than vacations in the near future.
Posted on Oct 5, 2015
Yesterday in a conversation about gun control Hillary Clinton said, “We need to make every politician who sides with [the NRA] to look in the eyes of parents whose kids have been murdered.”
And that’s a perfect example of what’s REALLY wrong with the left. Read More
Posted on Oct 2, 2015
“Gun Control” isn’t working and to say that it is, is just a slap in the face of intelligent people. Read More
Posted on Sep 30, 2015 4 Comments
Background on these two (seemingly) unrelated stories….
Posted on Sep 28, 2015
Apparently my local school district has taken a play from the liberal anti-gun playbook and is using the worn out “it’s for the kids” line, which is never actually true.
Posted on Sep 25, 2015
Have you ever felt like no matter what you did, there were going to be a long line of people waiting to find something wrong with you? Of course you have, that’s why Taylor’s song was so popular…People identified with it.
Posted on Sep 23, 2015
Hosanna is quite the interesting word, in that between its roots and more modern use it can mean two very different things. Or at least they seem different. Originally, hosanna was a word used to plead for rescue or salvation. But in the time of Jesus, and today, hosanna is typically used as a shout of praise to God.
Those two meanings seem very different on the surface, but when you consider that the person you cry out to for rescue, the person who saves you when you’re lost, is someone worthy of your praise…then you can see how the two meanings can make sense.
But what I find most reassuring is the idea that today we don’t have to cry out to God to save us, or send someone to rescue us. Because He already has.
Everything that needs to be done to save man from his sins has already been accomplished on the cross. The work is over. Now we just need to avail ourselves of that work that’s already been completed.
We’re no longer shouting praise to God because we believe that He can save us. We’re shouting praise to God because He’s already saved us.
Our debt has been paid, our rescuer has already come, salvation is available and waiting. And if that’s not a reason to shout praises to God, I don’t know what is.
Posted on Sep 22, 2015 2 Comments
I try to keep good company. So I just don’t see how I can visit the White House on our next vacation. Read More
Posted on Sep 19, 2015
The premise behind the Einstellung Effect is that people will be more likely to use a solution to a problem that they’ve already used in the past than a better solution that they’ve never been exposed to. Read More