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Why is the Old Testament so Horrifically Violent?

This question isn’t new. Since I entered the realm of apologetics and theological studies in my late teens I have been confronted with it many times. Often the inquiry has been little more than an embittered accusation of cosmic barbarism. But recently, particularly as our church has gone through the book of Judges, the query […]

The absurdity of God loving some people and not others

Frequently I receive questions from those seeking out truth. Last week I received the following query from a young pastor… “The one thing I cannot wrap my head around is the idea that God only loves some. I feel like I love people more than that and that confuses me. How would you explain this […]

Blessing or Barbarism? An Answer to the Issue of Abortion

I hope you’ll understand my reason for penning this post with the grit, brutality, and rank candor that I employ. While a sensitive issue, this is not an issue that we can afford to tip-toe around. Children are being slaughtered and the church must be bold and brave to speak up. I only hope that […]

Halloween: Delightful or Diabolical?

It’s that time of year. Leaves falling, temperatures dropping (barely here in the sunshine state), football in full swing, and everything scented or flavored pumpkin. Tagging along with the fall is that delightful or diabolical (depending on your vantage point) holiday known as “Halloween.” It’s the day that causes costume-clad children to rejoice and Bible-belt […]

Why Thursday worship?

Leveled my direction numerous times since our leaders began openly chatting about our new weekend worship gathering this spring has been this inquiry: why Thursday worship? It seems folks can wrap their heads (and hearts) around Saturday worship or an additional service on Sunday evenings, but the thought of gatherings to adore Jesus with His […]

Why this Pastor Loves Atheists

Yes, I do in fact legitimately love atheists. In a culture that has produced and promoted many lies in the name or for the sake of love, perhaps the most glaring is that to love someone is to accept all that he or she is, including beliefs and practices. This is the height of absurdity. […]

When Love is Gone

“What do I do when love isn’t there?” The inquiry came from a young man who approached me after I had pulled the pin and chucked the grenade of the “love chapter” during my Sunday sermon. The thought-provoking, soul-convicting body of 1 Corinthians 13 had apparently thumped a nerve with this gent prompting him to […]

Seven Ways to Father Well

For the first couple years of being a dad my running mantra to other fathers was: “Here’s what I think…but then again I’ve been a father for about 5 minutes.” My advice, however solid, foolish, or naive, always came with it a disclaimer. I had forever chuckled at parental advice from those without children, and […]

Confidence, Vision and Hope for the Future

I still vividly recall a specific moment during my junior year of high school basketball. We were playing a rival school to our north and I had been in a shooting slump all game. Nothing felt right, and as I adjusted my shooting mechanics, and the ball continued to evade the hoop, my confidence plummeted […]

When My Heart is Overwhelmed

On Sundays I have begun a journey with my church family through scenes from the life of David. This means that much of my week has been spent studying the grand king of the Jews and immersing myself in the Psalms he composed. I love his adoration, confessions, Divine descriptions, desperate attestations, and his raw […]

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