Check the Dead

Today marks the birth, and presumed death of Harry Ironside.  At the time of his birth, Ironside was laid aside as dead.  His mother, having struggled during the birth was thought to be dying and drew the attention of all in the room as they sought to save her from the death her baby had... Continue Reading →

The birthday of a god?

2,082 years ago, on September 23, Gaius Octavius was born. You probably know of him as Caesar Augustus, the Emperor of Rome when Christ was born. After his death at the age of 74, he became the first Roman Emperor to be declared a god. He was a "big deal" to the Roman empire and... Continue Reading →

It Starts with a Stare

The intensity of his stare. Every time I think of this moment, that is what comes to mind. His skill with the scissors was apparent. He deftly made minute cut after minute cut, carefully rotating the paper in his hands. When he was finished, the street artist handed us a perfect silhouette of my little... Continue Reading →

Conscience, your Doorkeeper

In 1 Peter 3, the apostle tells the church to "Have a good conscience so that evildoers who speak evil of you and falsely accuse your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed." He we was warning them that, even when doing good, slander and attack would be a part of their lives. I must... Continue Reading →

Are you angry at the wrong people?

National figures are making big money selling you a story that causes anger at the wrong people.That cop you just got done screaming at coaches a team in your kid's league. That person holding a protest sign in your park teaches at the local middle school. That police department you marched in front of hasn't... Continue Reading →

Reliable Hope

In our current times, hope is at a premium.  It is rare and it is valuable.  Thankfully for the believer, we are a people of hope. However, there are many who disparage the hope of the Christian.  These naysayers would look at the believer as if we have been taken in by some flight of... Continue Reading →

Getting Even Christ’s Way

In a recent article, I wrote about the need to glorify God in all we do, including when we have been wronged. When seeking to glorify God, we have an example in Jesus. So, we must look at how he handled being wronged. Peter gives us a great breakdown of Jesus actions. His actions must... Continue Reading →

Getting Revenge Like A Christian

So you've been wronged. Friends, we are living in a world that is full of wrongs, injustices, and unfair actions. People are mistreated every single day. You may have been mistreated this week. Perhaps you were singled out by a boss. Maybe your spouse has grown spiteful or doesn't support you walk with the Lord.... Continue Reading →

Highlands Fallout (3 Lessons for Leaders)

By now, most church leaders, and much of America, have heard about the controversy that has been swirling around Chris Hodges, pastor of Church of the Highlands.  Hodges has faced backlash over his social media activity involving "likes" of posts. The right and wrong of Pastor Hodges' views, the views of the pages he interacts... Continue Reading →

3 Ways to Be Mindful of God in Suffering

We live in a world that is full of injustice.  Recent events, like the death of George Floyd have brought the world's attention to the issue of race in America.  Meanwhile lives have been unjustly lost in the riotous looting that broke out in many cities.  Injustice paid for by more injustice. Unfairness is everywhere. ... Continue Reading →

The Midnight Zone

Off the coast of the Mariana islands lays a wonder that, though it can be described, is almost impossible for us to really fathom.  At the bottom of the ocean, there is an undersea canyon, called the Mariana Trench.  This gash in the ocean floor is five times the length of the Grand Canyon.  If... Continue Reading →

Controlling the Negatives

We live in a world of constant, and often instant, feedback.  To deal with this, it is helpful to understand how you were designed to react to negatives. Whether you realize it or not, you are pre-wired with what is known as "negativity bias."  This bias exists in nearly every area that has been researched... Continue Reading →

Good? Friday

Good Friday. Friday yes, but good? Friendship betrayed. Disciples scattered. Innocence violated. Justice abandoned. The King Criminalized. The Begotten forsaken. The Lamb Slaughtered. A mother weeps. A soldier repents. A city moves on. A movement ends. It's a confusing, bloody, sad, heart-wrenching day. How can we view this scene and call it good? Yet, it... Continue Reading →

Not yet… Consecrate2020

I am not a fan of driving in construction zones. Most of us probably are not. For me, the biggest issue is the barriers and cones that are set up on either side of the lane. Occasionally, I will find myself driving through an area where these barriers are on both sides of the road.... Continue Reading →

Small adjustments, Big moves

I live near a train yard.  The sound of trains coupling is a regular part of the ambience here.  At first, I thought I would never get used to the proximity and noise of the behemoths, but over time I have actually grown fond of them. I never know what will be sitting on the... Continue Reading →

Missed Details of Design (Consecrate2020)

It is no secret that we live in a very technologically advanced world.  Technology is everywhere. Perhaps you ordered your breakfast on a touch screen. Maybe you are sitting in a plane but the tickets only exist is some digital cloud.  Your coffee was probably not prepared over a fire this morning, andit is safe... Continue Reading →

Just a Tuesday (Consecrate 2020)

Tuesday. Sunday is sacred.  Monday, whether dreaded or loved, launches the work week. Saturday is fun, family, hobbies, and community activities.  Friday, well Friday is just a shade less wondrous than Saturday.  Thursday has the honor of being the day before Friday. Even mundane, middle of the week Wednesday is so very boring that it... Continue Reading →

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