God in a Box

“I think you’re putting God in a box,” said the person sitting across the table. This was supposed to be the trump card. We were talking about some Christian author and her claim that God speaks to her. I hadn’t read the books—they’re intended for women—but I’ve heard the same claim from countless pastors and… Read More ›

The Problem of Evil Is a Changeup

The Problem of Evil Is a Changeup

Baseball season is upon us. That means I will quickly spend my yearly allowance of baseball illustrations. For those of you who know baseball, you have permission to just think of Johan Santana and skip down a few paragraphs. But let’s face it, you’re going to keep reading, because … baseball. A changeup is a… Read More ›

The Ten Words

During the middle five Wednesdays of Lent—between Ash Wednesday and Holy Week—we are considering the Ten Commandments at evening services. If we can average two per week, we’ll make it. But on the first Wednesday (February 21), we didn’t even get past the First Commandment. Part of that is because the First Commandment is, by… Read More ›

How Do We Know the Bible Is True?

How do we know the Bible is true? Take a moment and think about that before you keep reading. How do we know the Bible is true? How would you answer that question when your neighbor asks you? How about when your kids or grandkids come home from college and tell you what they heard… Read More ›

Authoritative and Clear

“I wish I could read the Bible, but I just don’t know how.” “The Bible is such a difficult book to understand. I just don’t know what it means.” “It’s such a big book that I don’t know where to start, and I’ll never learn it all.” I’ve heard many different variations of this, and… Read More ›

The Prayers

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. (Acts 2:42) One of the primary things we do as a congregation is pray for one another. And it’s not simply one another whom we pray for, but for those around us too. We pray for… Read More ›

The Breaking of Bread

And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. (Acts 2:42) There’s just something about food. Imagine going to your relatives’ house for Thanksgiving. The house is packed. Every chair is full. They even have to bring in some folding chairs. A couple kids are… Read More ›

The Fellowship

Do you remember the old children’s song about the skeleton bones? The foot bone’s connected to the leg bone. The leg bone’s connected to the knee bone. The knee bone’s connected to the leg bone. … And eventually, The neck bone’s connected to the head bone. (And something about dancing skeletons.) Well, what happens if… Read More ›

The Apostles’ Teaching

You know how the internet learns things about you and shows you advertisements it thinks you’re interested in—like when you google the word “marriage” and all you see for the next two months is ads for diamond rings? Well, a funny thing happens when the internet learns that you are a pastor. You start to… Read More ›

What If …?

What if I would have tried out for the golf team instead of track? What if I had apologized twenty years earlier? What if I hadn’t even had that first drink? We all have those “what if?” moments in our lives—those times when we wonder what would have happened if we had made different choices…. Read More ›