As Long As You Are In Charge, You Are god. 

The Church’s message is not only to be proclaimed, but also lived out. It has been said, “There are five gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and you – and most people never read the first four.” One of the challenges the Church faces in each generation is to speak and live in a way that makes sense to the surrounding culture. Jesus was able to relate to the rich, the poor, young, old, religious, and heathen alike – and He did so without ever compromising the truth.  While striving toward cultural… Read More

Why Jesus’ Divinity is as Important as His Humanity

Almost no one denies that Jesus existed as a man. Even those who stand in opposition to His teachings and His church acknowledge that He lived. Jesus was a man.  What sets believers apart is that we recognize Jesus’ humanity, as well as His divinity. Jesus is both the Son of Man and the Son of God.  In his letter to the church in Colossae, Paul reiterated the truth of Jesus’ divinity.  “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.”‭‭ Colossians‬ ‭1:15‬ ‭ESV‬‬ “For in him the… Read More

Baby Names, Name Changes, and the Names of God

My wife and I recently had lunch with some good friends, who are expecting their third child. I asked, “Have you thought about names yet?” The conversation meandered around various suggestions in search of the perfect name.  Names are significant for many reasons: some names are passed down from family members, or in honor/memory of loved ones; some are meaningful because of the inherent meaning of the name; and some names just sound good to the parents. (And sometimes you wonder, “What were the parents thinking??”) Through Scripture, names are revealed to… Read More

God is Bigger than your Bad Day!

Have you ever had a bad day that just kept getting worse? Once a zealous protector of Jewish law and tradition, Paul had an encounter with Jesus Christ, who revealed Himself to be the Son of God, the Jewish Messiah, and the Savior of the world. Paul’s life was profoundly transformed, and, as a result, he testified boldly of Jesus.  This is where Paul’s bad day begins… Paul’s words stir up an angry mob who try to kill him.  Paul is arrested to protect him from further harm.  Paul is treated unfairly… Read More

When Did We Stop Fearing God?

Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you. C.S. Lewis portrayed Aslan the Lion as being kind, but not tame. The Chronicles of Narnia allegorically tell the Gospel story. Man tends to view God in one of two extremes – either He is a vengeful, angry God or a passive, loving God who allows everyone to win in the end. Yet God revealed Himself as being both a God of… Read More