Are you a Builder or a Breaker?

I heard about a monk who joined a monastery and took a vow of silence, with the exception of being allowed to speak two words every year. After the first year passed, he was called into the abbot’s office to speak his two words. The monk said, “Bed’s hard.” Another year passed, and again he went to speak his two words before the abbot. The monk said, “Food’s cold.” Another year went by, and he appeared once again before the . . . read more ›

My Thoughts on the Kentucky School Shooting

With each new mass shooting, especially when it involves our children and their schools, our nation loses more and more of its innocence. This time, 14 are wounded and two have tragically lost their lives. It is incumbent upon the rest of us, all across the country, to remember that as it says in Scripture, in the book of Matthew, “Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.” No matter how many times it has happened in the . . . read more ›

Thoughts on the March for Life in Washington

Christians are all too often known as a people of ‘no’ and ‘don’t’, when in reality, we should be most famous for the ‘yes’ of God in our lives. The March for Life is an important event that reaffirms God’s ‘yes’ over all human life, at all stages and ages, starting at conception. I for one am here today because a woman named Charlene McDaniel decided to say yes to my life when she was a young, single mother who . . . read more ›

This Is Not a Drill!

Imagine for a moment what it would be like. You’ve just arrived in beautiful Hawaii to begin your long-awaited vacation. You have left all your problems behind you from wherever you left, and you fall asleep listening to the ocean lap on the shore. The next morning you wake up and head out for some coffee and suddenly your smartphone vibrates. You look at the screen to see this message: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS . . . read more ›

Where God Points His Finger

The French philosopher Voltaire once said that “if God made us in his own image, we have well returned him the compliment.” That is what our world wants: a god in our own image, a god who will conform to our wishes and desires, a god who will fulfill our agendas. We want a user friendly god, if you will, whom we can adapt to our chosen lifestyles. We want religion a la carte, so we can stroll up to . . . read more ›