Loving people enough to overlook the small things

“I can tell you what I don’t miss,” she snapped. “I don’t miss the pettiness of church.” Since I’m a pastor, her words hit me like an iron skillet in the face. I felt defensive, but I knew what she meant. I’d felt the same way myself, but I’d never used the phrase “the pettiness […]

The Transgender Restroom Debate:

The loss of modesty

There are many facets and perspectives of the transgender restroom debate. Some people debate their position based on their definition of gender and gender identity. Some approach the subject on the basis of tradition. For some it’s a matter of morality. Others are more concerned with the safety and security of children. People have even […]

How do I deal with the pain of sin when the pleasure is over?

I was driving and  listening to an album of a worship service led by Casting Crowns. Mark Hall, one of the members of the group, uttered one of the most profound statements I’ve heard in a long time: “Jesus never experienced the pleasure of sin; only the pain.” There it was. So as that statement […]


Guest post by Gene' Hughes

My daughter Gene’ told me that if I decided to post this blog post of her’s she wouldn’t mind. For those of you who may not have a daughter, that’s code for “I really want you to post my blog post.” So, as a proud father, I gladly welcome her as my guest blogger.” Enjoy, […]

In God’s Employment: Post 3 in series

If work is my worship, now what?

I heard a story about three brick-masons who were laying brick for a grand cathedral in Europe. A tourist taking a walking tour through the cathedral engaged one of the workers and asked, “What are you doing?” The laborer answered, “I’m laying brick.”  The tourist looked at a second worker and asked, “What are you […]

In God’s Employment: Post 2 in series

How the redeeming work of Christ transforms our agenda

WILLIAM WILBERFORCE was a member of the British parliament and also a follower of Christ, who made a serious commitment to follow the Lord Jesus. Wilberforce believed God might actually want him to prepare for professional ministry so he sought counsel from a mentor of his, John Newton, the slave-trader turned pastor, who wrote the song […]

In God’s Employment: How a Christian’s work ethic reflects his or her love for God.

Post 1 in series

Ted Williams was one of the greatest baseball players of all time. He’s mostly remembered for his ability to hit a baseball, but people who knew him say he had one of the best work ethics of anyone who’s ever played the game. In 1941 his batting average for the season was .406. No one […]

Why isn’t God fixing this?

“GOD ISN’T FIXING THIS.” So read the front page headline of the New York Daily News the day after a terrorist attack claimed the lives of 14 people in San Bernardino, California. The article was an editorial response to comments from mostly Republican leaders that their thoughts and prayers were with the victims and families […]

The Comfort of God’s Rod and Staff

Post 7 in a series on contentment

Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me (Psalm 23:4b).  If you’re like most people, the image of a candy cane makes you think of Christmas: Christmas gifts, candy, decorations, etc. But did you know the candy cane has its unique shape, not so that it will hang easily from a tree, but to serve […]