Why Do I Blog?

I have received this question so much that I decided to place the answer somewhere. Eventually, I may need to make it a page of its own. Why? Why would someone who is a husband, a father, a pastor, a leader, a seminary student (again), and so many other things…. why would I decide to also include a blog in my weekly disciplines? The answer is to log my personal journey toward becoming more like Jesus. I don’t want to just ‘come out of the wilderness’ older and hopefully wiser. I want to take you on…

Why do we seem to “pick and choose” which Old Testament laws to follow?

Why do we seem to “pick and choose” which Old Testament laws to follow? I get this questions ALL THE TIME from both critics and confused Christians. On the surface, I admit it can look like we sometimes pick and choose what to follow in the Old Testament. One part says to not eat shellfish or trim your sideburns while another says to honor your parents. One of the problems is not understanding that all these commands by God were not in one list like the 10 commandments. They were broken up into different types for…

What Would Jesus Say About Theybies?

The idea of “Theybies” is both straightforward and complex. Not because it’s hard to find out what God’s Word says, but because of the human element. It’s important that we remember both sides have good intentions. However, action not intention determines destination. In other words, we cannot live by intentions. We have to live by a standard. If you are a Christ-follower, that standard is God’s Word. Let’s find out what God’s Word says and discuss.

How to Become Like “The World”

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”‬ ‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:1-2‬ ‭NET‬ Let me start by saying I am no cook. I’ve tried and tried but it’s just not something that will ever be in my wheelhouse. However, I have many…

Two Different Ways To Respond to Darkness

Think about two different scenarios with me. Scenario One: Imagine you are 13 years old and shopping with your family at a local mall. Your parents have decided to let you test out your independence and have given you freedom within the mall. The only stipulation is that you have to be at a certain exit at a certain time so you can all go home. Well, you start having so much fun you lose track of time and rush outside 30 minutes late. It’s dark. It’s cold. You’re all alone. Most of the cars have…