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A Vicious Instructor and Choosing Gratitude

No parent can prepare for that moment. My little girl – daddy’s little girl – had just come out of open heart surgery. She was “doing well” according to the doc’s report. After a 4 AM wake up, a brutal IV insertion, and 8 hours of anxious waiting, Danielle and I would get to see […]

When Gunmen Enter Churches

Chills. Shock. Terror. Anger. These feelings partnered with a hosts of others coursed through my body last evening. I sat before my laptop aghast at the barbarism and treachery so evidently displayed in the mass shooting at a church in Texas. I could barely stomach the reports. Twenty-six dead, among them an 18-month old child. […]

The Day After the Nailing of 95 Theses

October 31, 1517… The Augustinian Monk, Martin Luther, strides through the streets of Wittenberg, Germany, and tacks his 95 Theses on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences to the door of All Saints Church. November 1, 1517… Luther sends numerous copies of his 95 Theses to publishers throughout Europe, his agent connects with the most notable Christian conference hosts […]

Why no Altar Call?

Halloween is nearly upon us and candy is flying off store shelves as kids and adults alike search for the perfect costume. Some costumes will be humorous, others whimsical, while others will be down right disturbing. If I can be straight up, I’ll admit that a nightmarish H-day costume for me would be of a […]

How dare you celebrate Halloween?

It’s that time of year. Leaves falling, temperatures dropping (ok, perhaps in some places – still feels like June here in the sunshine state), football in full swing, and everything scented or flavored pumpkin. Tagging along with the fall is that dreadful and diabolical holiday known as “Halloween.” It’s the day that causes costume-clad children […]

Tweets, Protests, and the Christian’s Response

It was 1999. I had just finished a viewing of M. Night Shyamalan’s first movie The Sixth Sense. Throughout the film Bruce Willis and Haley Joel had dropped hints at the eye-popping point of the story, but most viewers – like myself – were so caught up in the varying plot-line distractions and tormented characters […]

The Megaphone of Irma…and the response of the church

The British writer and apologist C.S. Lewis once famously said: “Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” With his typical eloquence Lewis was simply declaring this reality: when suffering goes down, […]

God is Sovereign…and Hurricanes Happen

Church family, As Irma bears down on the Caribbean and our home state I wanted to jet out what I believe to be a very critical statement! I urge you to read this blog carefully as I will address our immediate action as a church, our long term plan, and what I believe each of […]

The Big Fight…and Christians

It’s been more than a month since the undefeated, much-maligned, money-flinging boxing champ and the clad in fur, aviator-wearing, gum-smacking Irish fighter paraded before millions of Americans in LA, Toronto, Brooklyn, and London. Obscene barbs heaped upon profane gestures heaped upon outlandish claims were hurled with little thought and zero humility. In the end, countless […]

Forgetting the Reformation

On the 31st of October, 1517, a German monk, armed with ferocious conviction, righteous fury, and an ink well, sat down to pen a manifesto. The document, which according to historians was later that day tacked to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, was Martin Luther’s cry against the atrocities of the church […]

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