Truth Doesn’t Depend On Popularity

Christ is risen! We live in a day and age where most people much prefer to see “gray” everywhere instead of “black and white.” In fact, the very notion that there could be anything that was that clear, that uncomplicated, that cut and dry is a terrifying thought to most. After all, if there are truths that are “black and white” or actually settled wisdom, then that may mean I have to…

“Crooked” or “Straight?”

Christ is risen! Let’s face it, ideas matter. And the reason they matter is that ideas have consequences. Ideas flow from a mindset, a way of looking at the world and organizing the multitude of stimuli we receive through our senses every day. So, when you have an idea or an attitude or an opinion, it both comes from “someplace” and it is going to have consequences. This matters! It’s why, sometimes,…

Its Normal For God to Act

Christ is risen! It was exasperating! I tried to get my buddy’s attention but he was too busy enjoying building a fire in the woods near our neighborhood where we were going to camp out for the night. Never mind that it was the dry part of summer. Never mind that there was a “burning ban” on. Of course, everybody paid attention when the two Sheriff’s officers walked up to our little…

Whosoever Will

Christ is risen! There’s a great Country song from 1994 performed by Tim McGraw called “Don’t Take the Girl” and it tells the story of how a young man’s attitude toward the “fairer” sex changes as you get older. But the first part of the song is a young boy begging his dad not to take the neighborhood girl along with them on their fishing trip! When little Johnny hears his dad…

Partiality Isn’t In God’s Nature

Christ is risen! I grew up in the volatile 1960s when the Civil Rights movement was really getting traction. I watched as a boy as marches and riots occurred around the country and our nation struggled with throwing off the scourge of racism. By the way, how is it possible that the pigmentation of someone’s skin could make them less a human than someone else? It was a troubled time. And, as…

Alleviating Suffering Really Gets People’s Attention!

Christ is risen! She started crying as I shook her hand. She was trembling and crying, and I was both confused and troubled. Her husband stepped in to save the day by explaining “Father, she is very excited to meet you. We were going through a very difficult time when our family found your videos on YouTube. We watched your videos and then started getting the daily devotionals, and it touched us…

Are You Tempted to Give Up?

Christ is Risen! Life can be discouraging at times. A wise man once told me this during a particularly discouraging time in my life: “Son, don’t quit when life is tough. You don’t throw your ticket away just because the train goes through a dark tunnel!” I still remember that today. And yet, there are dark times when the temptation to give up is very strong! In fact, during those times it…

Who Is “Unclean” For You?

Christ is risen! “Oh, that’s nasty!” She had never seen anyone eat escargot before, and I had to confess, I agreed with her. But my dear friend who ordered it had the look of sheer joy on his face as he ate what he considered a delicacy. Sorry, I just don’t get the attraction. But that’s what makes life so full and joyous; the endless variety of tastes and preferences of different…

Encountering Christ Creates True Vision

Christ is risen! “Vision” has been something of a buzzword in the Leadership Training manual for some time. Of course, these Leadership gurus get this foundational principle from the Holy Scriptures when King Solomon declared “Where there is no vision, the people perish; but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” (Proverbs 29:18) I like how that verse is translated elsewhere when it translates “the people perish” as “the people cast…

Face It, You Need a Guide!

Christ is risen! OK, so I have a hard time asking for directions. But, hey, since the invention of the GPS, I don’t have to! My man’s ego is protected by technology once again! Seriously, I do admit to not being crazy about asking for help. It feels like weakness to me and that plugs into my own weakness and pride. I guess that’s why I keep getting into situations where I…