June 11, 2024 – On Being a Father

June 11, 2024 – On Being a Father

A close friend of mine is in his 70s and he is still dealing with the wounds his father inflicted on him. Ironically, his father was a pastor and presented himself as a godly man. However, he was controlling, harsh, demanding, rigid, legalistic, and abusive in his...
June 4, 2024 – What is Truth?

June 4, 2024 – What is Truth?

For thousands of years, farmers have created new fruit trees using grafting methods. The fact that a limb from another tree can be grafted into the host tree is an amazing process. Once the branch is properly grafted on the root stock or tree, it will begin to receive nourishment from the host, so that it becomes a permanent part of the host and can bear fruit.

May 28, 2024 – Abiding in Christ

May 28, 2024 – Abiding in Christ

For thousands of years, farmers have created new fruit trees using grafting methods. The fact that a limb from another tree can be grafted into the host tree is an amazing process. Once the branch is properly grafted on the root stock or tree, it will begin to receive nourishment from the host, so that it becomes a permanent part of the host and can bear fruit.

May 21, 2024 – Faith vs. Fear

May 21, 2024 – Faith vs. Fear

In November 1970, a chartered flight carrying 71 passengers from the Marshall University football team, its coaching staff, and boosters crashed, killing all aboard. In 2006, Warner Brothers released the movie We Are Marshall starring Matt McConaughey (Coach Jack...
May 7, 2024 – Moral Purity

May 7, 2024 – Moral Purity

In a very sobering passage in 2 Peter 2, the apostle blasts “those who follow the corrupt desire of the flesh.” (vs. 10) Then, Peter goes on to describe their character. Among other things, he says of these people they have “eyes full of adultery.” (vs. 14) This isn’t...
April 30, 2024 – Age is No Excuse

April 30, 2024 – Age is No Excuse

I have enjoyed the pleasure that came from several friends and mentors in my life who were in their later years. I remember a dear acquaintance that allowed me to do my college internship that turned into a full-time job with the East Bay Regional Park District in...
April 23, 2024 – The Scapegoat

April 23, 2024 – The Scapegoat

Have you ever heard someone refer to a person as a scapegoat? A scapegoat is a person blamed for the wrongdoings of others. Maybe it’s that weird uncle who seems to mess up all the time, or the athlete who chokes on a critical play, or a person at work who gets the...
March 26, 2024 – Two Kinds of Faith

March 26, 2024 – Two Kinds of Faith

In James 2, James introduces us to two kinds of faith. The one faith is a superficial faith. It’s the kind of faith to expect when we hear someone say, “I believe there’s a God.” Or others might say, “I’m a person of faith.” And we’ve all heard the expression, “Just...
February 13, 2024 – Our True Goal

February 13, 2024 – Our True Goal

Our spiritual transformation is not our chief goal, but a bi-product of our true goal. Let me explain. If spiritual transformation is the goal and Christ is the means to that goal, then our relationship with Christ is merely a means to an end. I hope that sounds “off”...