Christians, Kindness and Social Media

Social media carries many blessings. Through it we can connect with others, communicate truth beyond our normal spheres and enjoy humorous moments. Without it we wouldn’t see nearly as many pictures of grandchildren, kittens and breakfasts. (Sometimes we overdo it in those areas, but I digress.)

Social media, however, can also become a swampland of negativity. It often degenerates into name-calling and personal attack. It can play loose with facts and serve to belittle and demean.

What is a Christian to do? Do we join the degraded culture of social media in the mud? Do we ignore the potential good and ban ourselves from the medium altogether?

Here are some thoughts on how Christians might do better in this brave new world we face.

1. Be kind whether in person or on social media. We are to be kind because Continue reading

Why Inerrancy Still Matters

Beliefs matter. What we believe affects what we do and why we do it. Our beliefs influence our direction, priorities and choices. And nowhere is that more evident than our beliefs regarding truth itself.

The doctrine of inerrancy says that the Bible is without error or fault in its teaching. Generation after generation assaults this doctrine. Sometimes they do so because of cultural pressure. Sometimes it results from academic pressure. Perhaps it happens at times to justify some desired disobedience to what the Bible teaches. People often want to pick and choose what parts of the bible to believe, much like they pick and choose what vegetables to get at the buffet line.

Here are three reasons why the doctrine of inerrancy still matters today. Continue reading

Christmas Complaints

“Peace on earth.”

I love that message from the angels to those shepherds on the first Christmas night. It points to the ultimate reconciliation man can have with God and others. It points to the Reconciler who is the only hope for peace in this sin-torn world.

But, peace isn’t fully realized in our world yet. And, we see it every Christmas. Christmas is a wonderful time of year. But it can also be a time of stress and pain and frustration.

I’ve noticed what I suspect many others have noticed. There are a lot of complaints at Christmas. Pastors notice people complaining about small things at Christmas time more than usual. Families see the fussing and fighting at higher levels. Couples often battle more frequently.

Here are three reasons people may complain more Continue reading

12 Things Every Ministry Leader Needs to Do

Ministry leaders need some task orientation. We have things to do and jobs to accomplish. While our activity comes out of who we are (see my previous blog on “12 Things Every Ministry Leader Needs to Be”), ministry certainly involves action.

But action without direction leads to frustration. So what are we to be doing as ministry leaders? Here are my thoughts on 12 things every ministry leader- regardless of the specifics of the ministry- needs to do. Continue reading

12 Things Every Ministry Leader Needs to Be

God cares about who you are, not just what you do. Before thinking of what we need to do, let’s think about what we need to be. Our “doing” should come out of our “being“. So, if you lead in ministry in any way, here are things you need to be. And, remember, what we do is always a result of who we are.

12 Things Every Ministry Leader Needs to Be- Continue reading

Tips on Teaching your Kids Not to Follow Christ

Christian parents, are you looking for some easy suggestions on how to help your children grow up to be heathens? Interested in helping them slide down the path to moral relativism and depravity? Needing some helpful tips on ways to lead them to be lukewarm Christians at best? You have come to the right place! Here are some simple tips on how to teach your children not to follow Christ.

1. Skip church at the drop of a hat. Make sports and other activities more important than worshipping the Almighty. Attend church only if it is convenient. Let them stay at home on Sunday mornings because they are “sick” but then attend events on Sunday afternoons. Never ask them to bother to plan ahead or set an alarm or anything else so dreadful. Don’t let your family dream of attending church if the weather is bad or good- or might be bad or good. If they attend church each week they might learn about God’s plans and actually begin to follow him. Bonus points if you talk about church attendance as “legalism”.

2. Never read the bible or pray with them. You don’t want to risk your kids thinking bible study and prayer is important so don’t ever do it with them. Remind yourself that spiritual matters are “personal”. Tell yourself Continue reading

The Day I Wanted to Quit

Good word from my sweet wife!


The voice inside my head said, “You’re not good enough.”

And I knew it.

I was a mom of four, my youngest still in diapers, and I was overwhelmed.

Thankfully, I had a loving husband and friends who recognized that I needed help.

My husband is a pastor, so we’re supposed to have it all together, right?

Yeah, right.

Being a full-time SAHM (Stay-at-home-mom) means that sometimes your only free time is after the kids are in bed–if they stay there.

This was supposed to be the fulfillment of a life-long dream: A loving husband and a house full of children.

So what was the problem?  Me.  My insecurities, My self-sufficiency. My doubt.

The struggle was real.  And I was drowning in my thoughts.  “You will never measure up.”  “You’re failing as a wife.  As a mother.”  “No matter how hard you try, you will never be able to…

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