Well, church is boring sometimes. Everything is boring at times. Sometimes dinner is boring, but I have not given up on food. Driving can be boring, but I still have a car. Reading is often boring, but becoming illiterate is not the solution. In the same way, church can be boring at times but that is no reason to give up on it. It is well worth the effort and the endurance. I grew up thinking that I would rather be beaten than go to church. But, ironically I now attend
What if I said that I love my wife, want to spend forever with her, and that she is the best thing that ever happened to me? You would say, “How sweet.” What if I went on to say that I don’t really care to know anything about her and that what people think about her is not important even if what they think is completely wrong? You would say, “I don’t get how you can love her and not know anything about her?” This is what it is like when people say that they don’t care abou
Depression is brutal, real, and Christians are not immune to it. One of the powers of depression is that it makes you think you are the only one… it likes to isolate. What you need to know is that depression is not as uncommon as you might think. Many great Christians over the past 2,000 years have suffered from depression at levels ranging from seasonal to full on. Charles Spurgeon and Martin Luther are just two of them that battled against the dark cloud of depression.
Let’s be honest. Preachers both on TV and at local churches have given us all a bad taste in our mouths when it comes to church and money. There are two extreme voices out there giving advice on the subject: All they want is your money. That is all they talk about. Avoid church. We should just give without asking questions and trust God. Neither of these views are very intelligent nor well thought out. The truth is somewhere in between. First of all, I have never met anyo
Most of the great scientific, artistic, and sociological advances in history started with people of faith. These achievements did not come in spite of their faith but because of it. The idea that we must choose between faith and reason is wrong and has had devastating effects. Many brilliant people have assumed that faith was not for them. Many people of faith have assumed that academics are not for them. Neither are right. The truth is that we don’t have to choose to fol
We all know someone who is going through a difficult time. It is usually hard to know what to do or say to help or at least not cause more harm. Isaiah called Jesus “a man of sorrow and acquainted with grief”. I do not think he meant that Jesus was depressed and needed meds. I think he meant that Jesus cared about people who were hurting. In fact, His death for our sins and His resurrection are the ultimate answers to our pain whether self-inflicted or imposed by someone
Prayer is a strange thing. It seems like we are treating God like Santa Claus by bringing our list of wants to Him. I have wondered why we even pray if God is all-powerful and already knows what is going to happen. Why bother? Other times I have wondered why God seems to answer some prayers and not others. Does God only answer the prayers of people who have it all together? I even have silly questions like “What if two equal football teams pray to win the football game…