Pastor Columns

Carrying Jesus: A wild ride, but worth it

When I was growing up, I had a friend who had a donkey. I remember a group of us playing in the field, looking for frogs and lizards, stomping in the creek, and then deciding it would be a fun idea to ride the donkey — the donkey that until now, had not been ridden.

Fear not — the gospel is good news

When a friend asked me, “what does it mean that Jesus died for my sins?” my first impulse was to tell him, “I don’t have a clue.”

To whom do you give your worship?

Before God and Kings, a Psalm of David “I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart; before the “gods” I will sing your praise. 

Is what’s cooking a jumble or did God make it?

The following statement has been floating around the Internet for several years. I am not sure to whom it should be attributed:

Do we need another Jesus, another gospel?

“Give Me That Old Time Religion” is a song we rarely hear today because few seem to want it. We’d rather hear a rendition of “Give Me That Comfortable and Contemporary Gospel.”

It's simple: Love God, love people, hate sin

Love God, hate sin. Even as I write these words, I run the risk of alienating those who might read them, but I ask you to bear with me as I explain.

PASTOR COLUMN - Among Christianity's gifts: Valuing girls

What positive difference has Christianity made in history? Well, there are many answers. Today we'll look at one: the influence of Christianity has changed our valuation of female children.In the early years of Christianity, when it was a fledgling group

PASTOR COLUMN - Focus on Jesus to see who you really are

One question that seems to plague us is, "who am I?"Everyone has periods when we try to figure out who we are. There are certain transitional moments, such as when people leave behind their parents' faith and develop their own. And then there are yimes wh

Why did Jesus curse the fig tree?

Mark 11:12-14 tells us Jesus cursed a fig tree that had no figs. Verses 15-18 tell that Jesus next "cast out" money changers and animals from the Temple precincts. Following that episode, verses 19-23 tell the result of Jesus cursing the fig tree: it was

PASTOR COLUMN - Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good

Why are there so many churches?" It's a great question and one I get asked often. It's not very theological, but my question in response is, "Why are there so many restaurants?" The answer to both is simple - flavor. Before you think I'm suggesting we all