As a pastor, I’m privileged to be a part of great moments in the lives of people. But I also get a front row seat to the pain of life. Much of it caused by people trying to break God’s laws. Instead, they end up breaking themselves against them.
I can still see the shiny streets of Saginaw, Michigan. My sister driving the car. The stillness of the world. A gentle rain and the sound of the methodical wipers as the only noise. Silence in the car.
Immigration is a hot topic today. The news cycle is full of presidential candidates making statements and border issues coming to the fore. There are real security concerns that should be addressed.
Immigration is a hot topic today. The news cycle is full of presidential candidates making statements and border issues coming to the fore. There are real security concerns that should be addressed. There are questions of assimilation and citizenship that shouldn’t be ignored.
I will often run across someone juxtaposing reason and religion as if they are mutually exclusive. “You have faith, I have reason.” As if to say, “Look you idiot, you can believe your archaic myths, but don’t bring that out into the real world. We need people who use their minds to rule this planet. We are just waiting for you to die out so we can have this place to ourselves.”
Nativity scenes have been a Christmas tradition for as long as I can remember. They come in all shapes and sizes.
Today, nativities are hotly contested. Cities and townships battle all kinds of religious groups that want to make a point. What point? I’m not sure. In Tallahassee, Florida this year, they created a “free speech zone” so various groups could put up different holiday expressions. A Christian group put up a traditional nativity. A group of Seinfeld worshipers put up a Festivus pole.
My daughter and I visited the Lincoln Park zoo recently. As we approached the tiger pen, I looked with amazement at the lengths the zoo went to in order to keep the tigers and people separated. A small fence separated by a tall fence, separated by a large mote. All so we could enjoy the majesty and glory of the tiger without experiencing his destructive power. It reminded me of the boys in San Francisco who relentlessly teased a tiger at the zoo until she surprised them by jumping out of her enclosure and attacked. Continue reading “Messing with Marriage — Teasing a Tiger”
The last twenty years have brought us a tide of sentiment into our world that recites the mantra, “Don’t judge me.” Along with that core statement come many iterations of the same: “Tolerate,” “I can’t tolerate intolerance.” “Who are you to judge?” “Don’t be hatin.” We usually precede these words with a lot of emotion, passion, and well…judgment. Continue reading “7 Reasons Why You Should (And Shouldn’t) Be More Judgmental”
Growing up, science was a great passion of mine. I graduated with a bachelor’s in Applied Science with an emphasis in Aviation Technologies. I’ve studied biology, chemistry, physics, and geology just for fun. But something happened along the way to the cockpit. I became a Christian and devoted my life to teaching life to the living and bringing hope to the dying. And in the last few years, I have seen a shift in the perception of “people of faith.” Continue reading “My Humble Plea to the Smug Atheist”
One hundred years ago, in the trenches of World War I, a peace broke out. German and British forces laid down their weapons, exchanged gifts and sang Christmas carols in no-man’s land. Continue reading “A Peace Broke Out”