I looked up the word “prejudice” before beginning this blog post. It can mean any number of things, and often carries the idea of harboring a “negative” opinion about something or someone. Generally it seems to mean, “any preconceived opinion or feeling, either favorable or unfavorable.” The truth is we all have personal preferences and […]Read more
Are you wearing “Blinders”?
Are we guilty of wearing ‘blinders’? Have you ever seen a horse with blinders? No doubt they are put on the horse to keep his eyes focused straight ahead. There may be many valuable uses for the blinders. But what happens in our churches and in our own personal lives when we are blinded by […]Read more
What does it mean to be a Normal Christian? I would suggest the answer to that question is all wrapped up in the definition of normal. There seems to be little doubt that the English language is complex. Someone asks, for example, “How are you doing?” Often someone answers by saying, “I am good.” Unfortunately, […]Read more
Pen the Tales
I have attempted to pen the tales of our journey to Africa, in this, my second book.Many of us grew up in a time before video games and electronic party game options, so we are familiar with children’s party games like “Pin the Tale on the Donkey.” Donkeys not only originate in Africa, they are […]Read more
It’s Complicated! And downright Non-Cooperative.
It’s Complicated! Or is it? We are Cooperative people. Or are we? I admit it! I confess! I converted from Presbyterianism to Baptist faith for a deeply significant reason. My friend from down the street invited me to church with him, and after the first visit I was hooked. There was no turning back. The […]Read more
Trust and Obey. There is no other way.
Trust God. Rarely do I quote Proverbs 3:5-6 in a group of Christians that they do not join in affirmation reciting it with me. “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart. Do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” But quoting and […]Read more
Do Nothing Prayers.
Is prayer the same as doing nothing? About a week ago I read a blog post with a readership I could only hope for one day. The article said that the first assignment that Jesus gave to the disciples was to “Do Nothing.” I whole-heartedly disagree with what that implies. I think I agree with […]Read more
Pray, Give, Go! Wait and then . . .
In Revelation 7:9 we discover that a day is coming when there will be representatives of every single people group standing before the throne of God giving to Him the glory that He deserves. It will consummate the story of reconciliation that returns all to God’s original intention. Day by day I pray, based on […]Read more
The Intercession of Waiting.
Interecession is a critical part of the “Wait.” Contrary to what some may suggest, I do not believe that Jesus’ command to “Wait” given in Acts 1:4 is instruction or even permission to do nothing. It is a command to prepare for the fulfillment of the Promise of the Holy Spirit. Already, I have suggested […]Read more
Vine Life: To abide in Christ.
John 15 instructs us in the importance that we abide in Christ. While I was still in college, someone said, “To abide in Christ means to live in moment by moment conscious dependence upon Christ.” The definition rings true somehow in my heart with the context of the chapter. Jesus compares our relationship with Him […]Read more