As a Track and Cross Country coach there are moments in a season where I pull an athlete (and sometimes the whole team) aside and issue a challenge. These moments aren’t scripted. They just come up. Often they arise when I see that an athlete is capable of more than they have achieved so far. … Continue reading Weekly Worship: A Friendly Challenge
I recently had the opportunity to participate in a workshop that delved into the intersection of science and faith. This workshop, which had about twelve participants, was led by Dr. Carlson, a physicist who teaches at Purdue University. The title of the workshop was, "What Pastors Need to Know about Theology in a Scientific World." … Continue reading Surprising Takeaways from A Discussion on Creation with a Physicist
Smartphones have been around for a while now. As adults we know and love their upsides. We have in our pockets the means to communicate via voice, video, or text with almost anyone instantaneously and from almost any place (I still remember the time I called my brother from the top of a mountain in … Continue reading Should Smartphones Have An Age Requirement?
We all know the feeling. You read something online or in print. Or you hear someone say something that sets off the “heresy” warning bells in your head. Your first impulse might be to rush that person to the metaphorical (I hope) stake and light the fire. But before you do, that please pause a … Continue reading Heretic Hunting: A Simple Guide For What To Do When You Think You’ve Found A Heretic
Parenting is tough. It can be exhausting. It is so easy to get caught up in the daily grind of waking the kids up, getting them dressed and fed and out the door on time for school, picking them up from school, ferrying them between their after-school activities, feeding them again, helping them with homework, … Continue reading A Critical Question to Ask Your Kids This Christmas
Oh, the difference a few months can make. Back in April of 2017, Vice President Mike Pence was ridiculed by politicians and media elites alike for his behavior in regard to his wife. He was ridiculed for his very public decision to never dine with women alone, or attend functions where alcohol is being served … Continue reading In Defense of Chastity
"How do you reconcile your love for someone with the revelation that they have behaved badly?" - Savannah Guthrie This morning the news broke that Matt Lauer of NBC's Today Show is the latest public figure to lose his job and reputation over accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior. Announcing this news fell to his on-air … Continue reading What Should We Do With Those Guilty Of Sexual Harassment?
“You have to know where you were to appreciate where you are.” TLC has a show called, “Who Do You Think You Are?” If you’re into genealogies then it’s a show you’ve gotta see. Each episode follows one celebrity or sports figure as they trace out the branches of their family tree. Emmitt Smith was … Continue reading Who Do You Think You Are?
There are two stories for salvation that I've heard that help highlight the important differences between the historic Christian practice of infant baptism and "believer's" baptism (adult only baptism) as it is practiced by some churches today. Story 1: Imagine you're treading water in the middle of the ocean. Unless God comes sailing by and … Continue reading Who Chooses Whom? Why Christians Baptize Babies (and Adults)
A few disclaimers before I begin: I'm a pastor. I'm a coach. My kids play sports. We go to church every week. (maybe that one goes without saying since I'm a pastor) Sports and church are often thought of as being in conflict with one another. It's been going on for decades now, but as … Continue reading Kids’ Sports and Church