The Pandemic Panic

Dan 4:35 - “And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?” During this Coronavirus pandemic, the world has gone completely … Continue reading The Pandemic Panic

Working Together for Good

“But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” Genesis‬ ‭50:20‬ This verse is Joseph speaking to his brothers after the death of Jacob. He was sold into slavery, falsely accused of rape, and thrown … Continue reading Working Together for Good

Giving God the Glory

“And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.” Genesis‬ ‭41:16‬ ‭ Oftentimes when I am given a compliment, I struggle with taking it well. It usually catches me off guard in the first please because I feel I am just doing what I’m supposed to … Continue reading Giving God the Glory

Negotiating with God

“And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake.”‭‭Genesis‬ ‭18:32‬ This passage fascinates me because It appears we can negotiate with God, as Abraham negotiated from finding 50 down … Continue reading Negotiating with God

The Problem of Double-Mindedness

“A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”‭‭James‬ ‭1:8‬ This is true in so many ways. Indecisiveness about simple things like what to wear to work or what to eat for dinner can be problematic. This might lead to issues making larger decisions regarding what church to attend or how to deal with … Continue reading The Problem of Double-Mindedness

The Appearance of Evil

“Abstain from all appearance of evil.”‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:22‬ This is a tough verse for me. First, it is not talking about abstaining from evil, which is difficult enough, but from the very appearance of evil. This can be quite subjective as well. What we call “cussing” is socially constructed (outside of taking the Lord’s name … Continue reading The Appearance of Evil

Freedom in Christ

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:1‬ Society tells us that Christianity is restrictive; it focuses on what NOT to do. Society tells us that freedom is doing whatever you want. God tells us that true freedom is in … Continue reading Freedom in Christ

Be Warned

“I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.”‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭4:14‬ Evangelistic Christians who openly discuss their faith often cause shame in the listener. This is one reason why street preaching, door knocking, and hard preaching are so abhorred in our sinful society. We Christians are motivated to … Continue reading Be Warned

The Old Gods of the New Age

I Wrote a Book. It has been a difficult and arduous process, but I completed a goal that I have had for several years. All throughout my time in graduate school, I wrote paper after paper on a range of religious topics from the supernatural to capitalism. I never published any of my work, so … Continue reading The Old Gods of the New Age

Church Music: You are Not Going to Like This

“Make a joyful noise unto the LORD” (Psalm 100:1). “O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation” (Psalm 95:1). “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:9). A Brief … Continue reading Church Music: You are Not Going to Like This