A Slave or A Son – Which are You?

The young man bristled under his father’s rules and regulations. He hated knowing that, while he was under age and under his dad’s roof, he had to buckle down and do what he was told. He daydreamed of one day being free of this harsh regiment. As he grew older, his impatience to be “free” grew stronger. And then the day arrived. He was “of age” and his father met him after…

The Stone the Builders Rejected

It’s simply unavoidable. C.S. Lewis said it best: “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance, the only thing it cannot be is moderately important.” So true! You see, the Christian Faith isn’t merely a set of moral teachings. All religious systems have that, and most of them are fairly similar. The Christian Faith isn’t merely the cultural tradition of this or that people-group, though it certainly…

I’ll Tell You If You Tell Me!

Frankly I was suspicious of his motives. He seemed friendly, but have you ever had that feeling that someone was being nice to you just to take advantage of you? Well, that’s exactly how I felt: like he was just waiting to catch me in saying something so he could use it against me. Of course, I was testifying against his client and he was the defense attorney trying to win a…

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, But Today is #Giving Tuesday!

Did you know it was #Giving Tuesday today? Yep, it is. This is an effort by hundreds of nonprofits and other organizations to remind us all that this season isn’t only about getting, but primarily about GIVING. On this #Giving Tuesday, please consider how you will invest in ministries and organizations that help those who cannot help themselves. Giving, even just a little, helps us all. and, if you’d like, please remember…

Time to Clean House!

Do you know what a dichotomy is? Exactly, it is when we set in stone what appears to be two opposites. You know, like good and bad, healthy and unhealthy, up and down, you get the idea. But there are some dichotomies that are false. We separate what isn’t suppose to be separated. In fact, in a false dichotomy we actually do real harm to the true meaning of both of the…

We Have Found the Messiah!

They say that “familiarity breeds contempt” but I’m not so sure. True, we do get to know people at their best AND their worst when we spend a lot of time with them. Everytime someone compliments me on this or that act, I’m always reminded that most of the time people outside my immediate family are seeing me at my best. But my wife and my children see me at the times…

Another Black Friday!

And they’re off! The sales, the markdowns, the deals, all conspiring to get us to spend, spend, spend. The competition is hot. The deals are unrepeatable. Knock that person ahead of you down. Reach across that lady’s grasp. Get here first! Fight, fight, fight! No thanks. Black Friday sales and the whole hoopla associated with it is the ugliest part of our consumer society. It reduces us to mere consumers and our…

Shamefully Treated

I hated what was coming and, what made it worse was, it was unavoidable. It was a confrontation with a supervisor that had been building for some time, and it wasn’t going to be pretty. As he and I sat in the office of the consultant that the company had brought in to help several employees come to some resolution with a common challenge we all had with this supervisor, it was…

Keep on Being Healed

George Bernard Shaw once famously said “Youth is wasted on the young.” What he meant by that is when we have great strength and potential, we are still too immature to take full advantage of our possibilities, and when we gain the wisdom of the years, we tend to have less energy and even less time to take full advantage of our hard won insights. But I’m not sure that’s altogether accurate.…

Will He Find Faith on the Earth?

One of the most fundamental marks of maturity is the clear and unmistakable realization that actions have consequences. Ideas have consequences because they become actions. And avoiding consequences is always a sign of immaturity. No wonder our modern world is struggling, as it has always struggled, with the consequences of ideologies and actions. And we see it everywhere. From the sad state of affairs in the war-torn Middle East, to our very…