• Clear as Crystal, Brighter than the Sun: The Doctrine of the Clarity of Scripture

    It is no secret that we are living within a modern culture of obscurity where everything seems to be based on personal opinion and nothing seems to be absolute.  Unless, of course, you are talking to my thirteen year old son, who tends to throw in the word “absolutely” into his sentences every chance he gets.  But other than my son’s clever usage of the word to make his assertions, it seems as though we as a society have given up on the notion that anything can be known for certain.  Whether it is the issue of good and evil, where morality has become based on personal feelings or the extreme example of gender fluidity, where a…

  • Defining Terms as Tiny Gods

    How can one say they love God, yet hate His word? One of the major issues of our time is the need in our discussions to define the terms of the words that we are using in our discussions.   When we are carrying on a conversation about such and such a topic, if we want people to understand us clearly, which obviously we do if we want communication to be effective, then we find with the current temperature of the climate of our society is the need to define our words. For example, if I were preaching a sermon to a group of people and I used the term…

  • Judge Yourself Rightly

    Devout followers of Allah from somewhere in the Middle East sacrifice themselves along with several airplanes full of people in the name of service to their god.  Committed Wiccans celebrate the seasons and attempt to manipulate and bend nature to meet their needs with magic, incantations, and sacrifices, all the while worshiping their moon goddess, Diana.  Faithful Hindu gurus spend countless hours in meditation and yoga poses in hopes of reaching the paramount goal of moksha, where the endless cycle of reincarnation is finally broken and the soul is reabsorbed into the Ultimate Reality.  Displaced Jews are returning to their homeland of Israel in hopes that the prophetic voice of scripture concerning the promise…

  • Who Are You to Judge? – Part 2

    And there it was.  No matter how hard I tried to ignore it, it wouldn’t go away.  No matter how many times I glanced away, hoping it would just leave, it didn’t.  As my eyes returned, immediately I was fixated upon it.  I tried to focus on the conversation.  I tried to focus on making eye contact.  I tried to focus on how important this moment was.  All to no avail.  So I tried distraction.  If I just pretended to be engaged and silently drifted off into the realm of mental diversion surely that would succeed!  But it didn’t work no matter how hard I tried to think about other things…the weather, the…

  • Who Are You to Judge? – Part 1

    Disclaimer: I admit that as I sit at my computer writing this, I am fighting massive waves of frustration.  I am praying fervently that this post doesn’t fall into something that is overly critical, eccentrically sarcastic, and unfairly belittling to God’s beloved church. The reason for my frustration is because the church today is in a real pickle.  We are facing a real dilemma along the lines of ethical bankruptcy, logical thinking, and biblical leadership.  Our ethics and standards are upside down…our thinking is less than clear and reasonable…and I know there are a lot of good leaders out there but biblical leaders are rare.  Too harsh?  Ok, I’ll try…

  • God Still Owns the Rainbow

    “…and there was a rainbow around the throne…” I can remember several years ago a friend and I were joking about another individual’s panic over what he called the “rainbow coalition” which was a reference to those in politics and business with a gay agenda in mind.  While back then we found a bit of humor in this person’s overreaction and paranoia to this movement, now, I assure you, we find ourselves not laughing at all.  In fact, I honestly confess I find myself somewhere between wanting to cry and fighting off nausea over Friday’s Supreme Court decision.  Although their decision really comes as no surprise considering the trajectory of this movement over the…

  • The Passing of Enoch and Elijah

    I am thankful for the body of Christ that challenges me in so many different ways.  I am constantly challenged to greater acts of love and good deeds, to higher standards of living and holiness, to steadfast commitments of engaging fellowship and community.  Also, I often find I am challenged in my understanding and study of scripture.  Last Sunday brought one of those challenges. The challenge came about like this… I made the statement in our adult Sunday school class that I was teaching that “the death rate for humans is 100%.”  I was asked what I meant by that so I further explained that everyone who has ever been born…