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A Leadership Challenge: Servant or Service

There’s a lot of talk in both the Evangelical church and increasingly in the secular business world about “servant leadership.” For many years at Calvary Chapel, Gayle Erwin has poignantly taught us the beauty of being servant-leaders. But I’m concerned not all have understood a...

The Earliest vs the Early Church

A January, 2014 article in The American Conservative described why some Millennials are leaving Evangelical churches to join more liturgical denominations like Anglican, Orthodox and Roman Catholicism. It isn’t just church members making the switch; some pastors are as well. There’s something in...

Those Who Fail to Learn from the Past . . .

Are Doomed to Repeat It.

On Facebook recently, I've made a few comments about the parallels I see in the campaign of a certain Presidential candidate and the rise of Adolf Hitler in 1930's Germany. Some years ago I read a book titled The Nazi...

Old Earth & Young Earth Resources

We have an ongoing debate in Christianity over how and when God created the earth and, especially, mankind. There are both “Old Earth” and “Young Earth” Christians – who love Jesus and believe the Bible to be inspired and inerrant. If we were to take...

One Day

When you make a vow to the Lord your God, you shall not delay to pay it; for the Lord your God will surely require it of you, and it would be sin to you. Deuteronomy 23:21

When you make a vow to God, do...

God Does Not Need

I listen to podcasts. It’s a great way to maximize my time while doing other things like driving, working out, and chores around the house.

While on a run recently, I was listening to the TED Talks podcast titled Believers and Doubters. It was supposed...

The Lifesaving Station

On a dangerous seacoast where shipwrecks often occur there was once a crude little lifesaving station. The building was just a hut, and there was only 1 boat, but the few devoted members kept a constant watch over the sea, and with no thought for...

A Secular Sacred?

You probably missed the news story a couple weeks ago in The Washington Times about the brouhaha that erupted between France and Iran. The two counties faced a diplomatic meltdown over a dispute regarding the menu at a proposed dinner between their presidents. Iranian President...

The Cure to Fear

“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

Ten times in the Bible individuals or God’s people collectively...

Prudence vs Fear

God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. • 2 Timothy 1:7

Terrorism has become a fixture of the Modern World. Terrorists use it as a means to some political or religious end....

Flourishing

In John 10:10 Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

This is a good promise to ponder as we celebrate Christmas. Jesus came that we could have life. And however much life we’ve received...

Reaping the Whirlwind

It’s Friday, October 2, 2015. There was another school shooting yesterday. Again it’s on a college campus. Seems like a lot of these tragedies play out at our schools. But, you know how it is; sometimes the media distorts reality and we’re left with an...

WATCH: Boehner Resigns

Blog Date: Monday, Sept. 28, 2015

WATCH: Boehner Resigns

In Matthew 24:42–44, after speaking of the end times and the signs which herald His return, Jesus told His followers, “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. . . ....

WATCH: The Pope’s Visit to the US

Blog Date: Monday, Sept. 28, 2015

WATCH: The Pope’s Visit to the USA

In Matthew 24:42–44, after speaking of the end times and the signs which herald His return, Jesus told His followers, “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is...

Christian, Not Conservative

I’m a Christian, not a Conservative.

Let me explain.

As it stands today, the label “Conservative” is primarily an ideological descriptor for a political position that stands in contrast to “Liberal.” Such Conservatives do what their label suggests; they seek to conserve the positions and...

Should a Christian Attend a Same-Sex Wedding?

Should a Christian attend a same-sex wedding?

While the answer to this comes down to a simple “yes” or “no”, arriving there is fraught with complexity. It requires we attempt to think Biblically, rather than emotionally. Which is not to say emotions won’t come in...

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