Thoughts and Prayers: What the Bible and Jesus Really Say About Pain

The phrase “Thoughts and prayers for those in #sutherlandsprings” is something you will see a lot of on Twitter and other social media from well-meaning people who do not really know what to say when tragedy, like the shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs happens. One cynical actor tweeted, in response to the prayers tweeted by House speaker Paul Ryan “The murdered victims were in a Church. If prayers did anything, they’d still be alive”. Then he went . . . read more ›

Some Theology Without Apology

Five hundred years ago, on Oct. 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the castle church door in Wittenberg, sparking the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Pastor Erwin Lutzer said of the Reformation, “Many of us believe that it is, by all accounts, the most important recovery of the gospel since the days of the New Testament. … We have to rediscover these same truths if we want our own churches to be all they can be for . . . read more ›

Why Integrity Matters

What is integrity? It’s really the same as having character. D.L. Moody defined integrity as what you are in the dark. In other words, integrity is who we are when there is no one around to impress. It’s the real us. Humorist Will Rogers once said, “So live that you would not mind selling your pet parrot to the town gossip.” That’s the idea of integrity. Personal character and integrity is something we develop on a daily basis. With every . . . read more ›

Dear John . . . Who’s More Popular Now?

When the Beatles were at the very peak of their popularity, John Lennon made a very controversial statement in an interview with the Evening Standard, a British publication. Picked up by the American press, it caused a lot of people to get very angry at this band from England. Lennon said, “Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue with that; I’m right and I will be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now: I don’t . . . read more ›

Hope for When We Fall

King David had been ruling Israel for 20 years when the downward spiral began. He had gone from victory to victory. He had distinguished himself in many ways: man of God, skilled musician, gifted poet, wise and compassionate ruler and a man of great courage. He was on a roll. And that’s when temptation hit. When David was facing Goliath, he was trusting in the Lord. When David was running from Saul, he was calling out to God. When he . . . read more ›