Holy Spirit or Hoky Ghost?

I highly recommend experiencing the God of the Universe first hand, having had a few life-changing encounters myself. Yet many of us steer clear of these mysterious moments because we’re either afraid, or we’ve witnessed some pretty hoky stuff. I’ve fallen into both camps, but it seems…

The Imitation Game

I watched The Imitation Game recently, a World War II film based on a true story. Some of you will be surprised that a pastor would give a thumbs up to a movie whose storyline revolves around a homosexual and his struggles. And I’m not saying I didn’t…

Words are Seeds

“A farmer went out to sow his seed. Some of it fell on the road; it was tramped down and the birds ate it. Other seed fell in the gravel; it sprouted, but withered because it didn’t have good roots. Other seed fell in the weeds; the weeds grew…

8 Reasons Heaven Will Be a Real Party

Is the kingdom of heaven a party? Really?! Or is it just a long church service in the sky - endless singing of hymns, offertories that last a million years, and sermonizing about sanctimonious piety? If so, sign me up (NOT!). I actually have good news (if you like having…

I've Been Hip-natized

Owwwwwww….my hip hurts like heck! I've been hip-natized. Hurts to lay in bed. Hurts to sit on the couch. Hurts to drive. Hurts to walk. I can't move without limping. Can't put weight on that side at all. And it's extremely tender. I have to move really slow. Sara…

A Theology of Shiny New Things

We’ve been bashing consumerism in our church lately. I mean, really bashing it. A couple weeks ago I told our church, during a Sunday preach, that you wouldn't go to hell in hand-basket…quickly…for buying a new iPhone every two years. Key word: quickly. And I don’t…