BLOG: Chasing the World’s Favor

“You cannot chase the world’s favor and find favor with God at the same time. It’s two different worlds and two different masters” [1] Pastor Steve Wilson As Pastor Wilson wraps up the third chapter of 1 Corinthians, he focuses on our practicing either a Biblical worldview or a secular worldview. Obviously, Christians should only…

BLOG: Judging the Right Way

If I said, “Judge not, that you be not judged,”[1] what comes to mind? For me, this has historically meant, “shut your mouth and keep your thoughts to yourself.” It’s such an obvious truism that even overt unbelievers quote it to us Christians. The Secret Hypocrite Growing up, I was taught that I should never…

BLOG: What Good Is Henry?

Companion blog to “The Believer’s Judgment” from Pastor Steve Wilson Imagine a person, coffee and donut in hand, just wandering around at Ground Zero after the World Trade Center attacks. There he is, amongst the mangled steel and human loss saying words of affirmation, wearing an “I Care!” t-shirt. He doesn’t get in anyone’s way…

BLOG: Milk Babies vs. Meat Eaters

We all start out in spiritual, Christian diapers, drinking spiritual milk and there is nothing wrong with that. But we must grow up…

BLOG: 200 Africans Save the Day

Last week the Global United Methodist Church (UMC) held a “special” General Conference in St. Louis to settle two issues for the whole denomination: Same-sex marriage LGBTQ clergy Don’t hit the snooze button just yet… I know we are all tired of hearing about these siliceous issues…so I won’t go there. This blog is actually…

BLOG: Mindfulness Practice for Christians

The Christian life is promised to be full of struggles. It’s God’s plan for how we are tested and sanctified to reach perfection in Jesus Christ. If you as a Christian don’t think that you are struggling with the internal battle of sin, you are deceiving yourself. If life is just rosy, then you probably…

BLOG: Light Out of Darkness

We think of the 15th and 16th centuries as a time of great enlightenment and prosperity for the world. Michelangelo, Columbus, DaVinci, and the printing press are just some of the Renaissance Era’s highlights. The world was moving past the barbarism of the Dark Ages. However, not all people groups were enjoying the liberty of…

BLOG: Ripped Out of Context

We Christians are rarely surprised when unbelievers say and do un-Christian things, but we tend to let our defenses down and give the benefit of the doubt to anyone who takes Bible verses out of context and uses them to prop up their own personal beliefs. After all, who is it hurting? Maybe speaking the…

BLOG: Embracing Weakness

Companion Blog to “God’s Power“, from December 9, 2018 The sermon I’m covering this week takes us through one of my favorite passages, 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5. It’s a little long to post here, so please grab a Bible and refresh your memory. Paul lays out some harsh words to the folks in the Corinthian church. He basically tells them that there…