A common conversation we might hear: “Hey, I haven’t seen you for a while. How have you been?” “Oh, I’ve been busy. Really busy.” “Oh yeah? What have you been up to?” “Well, you know, work, kids at school, sports, stuff to get done around the home, meetings.” “Oh my, I know what you mean. … [Read more...] about Crazy Buzy
One day a fly was buzzing by a spider web in an old house. The web was bright and shiny and seemed to be an attractive place for the fly to rest. The crafty spider had thoroughly cleaned his web after each “customer” so that the other flies would not get suspicious, yet this particular fly was quite … [Read more...] about What if Everybody Else is Wrong?
What is it about grace that is really difficult to understand—especially when it comes to our relationship to God? For many, the term grace itself is very difficult to define. We think of various ideas of grace. One might be that a person is thoughtful and giving—they show or express goodwill toward … [Read more...] about Why is It Called Grace?
The teacher asked her class, “Which is a bigger problem in our society, ignorance or apathy?” One smart mouth student replied, “I don’t know, and I don’t care.” I would submit that apathy is the bigger problem facing the Christian church today. A seemingly growing number of people simply “don’t … [Read more...] about The Danger of Apatheism
William Shakespeare’s classic play Macbeth focuses on the struggle with guilt experienced by Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth. The two had conspired and killed King Duncan in order to seize the throne. Yet, they cannot enjoy their new power because of the guilt they feel. Macbeth … [Read more...] about The Stain of Guilt
Sunday, August 5, will mark the 25th anniversary of my becoming the Senior Pastor of Chisholm Baptist Church. On August 3, 1993, Nancy and I (along with our two oldest boys, the two youngest had not been born) left our home outside of Poplar, WI, followed a big U-Haul van, and headed north for the … [Read more...] about Reflections on Twenty-Five Years
“I have written my letters as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking.” 2 Peter 3:1 We know from this simple statement that Peter was all about stimulating wholesome thinking. It is some of the best evidence in the Bible that Peter certainly was actively participating in coffee culture. … [Read more...] about The Stimulus of the Soul
In recent years, groups like the Freedom from Religion Foundation have enjoyed significant success in efforts to remove what they consider to be “religious displays” from public buildings in our country. However, in certain parts of Europe, the winds are blowing in the opposite direction. One … [Read more...] about The Most Powerful Symbol