The Case for Christ

The Case for Christ is one of the best faith-based movies I’ve seen. The acting was good, the story compelling and the schmaltz was kept to a minimum. If you have never read the book that the film is based on, it was published in 1998, detailing the exhaustive research that led Lee...

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Godless Churches

When a preacher guy like me sees a headline that blares, “Clergy who don’t believe in organized religion?,” it’s like dangling a minnow in front of a bass. So naturally I took the bait, clicking on this March 30 Washington Times article by Julie Zauzmer. There I found a story that was...

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Yes, Christian, it’s Important to “Go to Church”

  Some folks didn’t like an article that I linked on social media a couple of weeks ago.  It was entitled, “Sorry, but if you’re a Christian, you need to go to church. Regularly.” People fired off a number of reasons why they didn’t need to attend church. Most of the comments...

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Driven into the Wilderness

As we trek through the metaphorical wilderness of Lent, I am reminded that Jesus spent time in a real wilderness. Mark 1:12-15 reports that after Jesus was baptized, “…immediately the Spirit impelled Him (Jesus) to go out into the wilderness. And He was in the wilderness forty days being tempted by...

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Three Bible Verses for Ash Wednesday

No one really knows the exact origins of Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent.  A ritual for the “Day of Ashes” is contained in an 8th-century church document, but we know the influences for this solemn observance stretch all the way back to Old Testament times. Here are three...

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What’s Your Life Verse?

Not too long ago, I attended a men’s weekend retreat. One of the leaders mentioned that, years earlier, he had chosen a “life verse” from the Bible that he memorized and lived by. He urged us to choose a life verse, as well. I thought about that for a week....

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Should the Church be Relevant?

My wife recently sent me an article on why millienials are not involved in church. It seems that every day, I read another thought on why the church isn’t relevant to a new generation and what we should do about it (I seem to recall reading similar articles in the 80s about how...

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Four Bible Verses About Love

  Valentine’s Day is the one day of the year that we focus on romantic love, but God speaks of love 24/7. Here are four Bible verses on the nature and practice of love: “Love is patient, love is kind” (I Corinthians 13:4). Widely read at weddings, this famous verse (indeed the...

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Flamingo!

A while back, I was telling one of my fabulous stories when my daughter interrupted me. “Dad,” Abby sighed, “you’ve already told me this one.” “I have?” I asked. “Are you sure?” “Yes. You’ve been repeating yourself a lot lately.” I think this was my daughter’s way of telling me that I was...

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Will Heaven be Vetted?

I’ve seen this meme pop up after President Trump issued a January 27 executive order to ban people from seven Muslim-majority countries from coming into the United States. I’m not sure whether the creator of this meme is making a political or theological point – or perhaps both. Here’s what the...

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