Where Do We Go From Here? – Part I

WhaddaulookinatThe resurrected Jesus is standing on the Mount of Olives with the disciples—the eleven specifically called along with several women and Jesus’ brothers—giving them a few last-minute words before he leaves. For the past forty days, since the resurrection, Jesus has been teaching them, “working in the power of the Holy Spirit,” the same HolyContinue reading “Where Do We Go From Here? – Part I”

Help! My Reptile Brain is Eating My Mammal Brain!

Occassionally, but not often, I am a glutton for punishment. There may be some disagreement on this from people who know me who may say I’m always a glutton for punishment, but I try to think and act otherwise. In this case there was no argument; I was asking for it. It was last Friday.Continue reading “Help! My Reptile Brain is Eating My Mammal Brain!”

Living V: Love One Another

The year was 1966. The war in Vietnam was being ratcheted up by Washington with President Johnson vowing that the 250,000 troops in South Vietnam would stay until the aggression was ended, a move that countered the Soviet Union’s insistence that the US leave. We soldiered on with the Cold War, The Space Race, andContinue reading “Living V: Love One Another”

Living I – Believing

The Deeper Magic On one of the shelves in our study at the house is a tattered, taped up copy of an old children’s book. It is the first in a seven-part series of books that originally belonged to my brother-in-law who gave them to me several years ago. The second through seventh volumes areContinue reading “Living I – Believing”

The Ministry V

The Power to Change Many people look back at their days in high school with great fondness, others with great sadness, and others would actually like to remember what happened. For me, it was a mixed bag, some good, some bad, some I can’t quite place even after nearly thirty years. My senior year wasContinue reading “The Ministry V”

The Ministry IV

Luke 6:27-38 | The Proper Mindset What happens when the good guys aren’t so good, and the bad guys aren’t so bad? This question has given rise to a type of character in literature and film called the antihero. Most of the time, this character has been based on comic book characters who were normalContinue reading “The Ministry IV”

The Ministry III

Part Three: The Proper Mindset Art has a way of looking at life and asking questions that sometimes are uncomfortable to ask. In 2002, a movie asked this question, what does a father who needs to get help for his son do when there is nothing else to do? The answer, according to the tagline:Continue reading “The Ministry III”

The Ministry I

Luke 4:1-13 | Part One: Preparing to Minister What is the ultimate test? I suppose it depends on who you ask and when ask them. If you asked the Spartans of ancient Greece, the answer would probably have to do with a great feat of strength and stamina performed in battle with an opponent ofContinue reading “The Ministry I”

Systemic Christianity

When I was about nineteen, I destroyed a car engine. I was young and despite my father’s warnings and protestations, I was bad about auto maintenance. I went much longer than you should go without changing the engine’s fluids or tuning it up because I’d rather spend the money on having fun with my carContinue reading “Systemic Christianity”