Distraction from the main thing – Characters: David & Goliath, Part 2

Have you ever had this happen: you’re in the office drafting an email about an rather tricky interpersonal relationship in your company, and you have a flash of brilliance. You’re about to solve the problem. As you’re typing your thoughts, the phone rings. You answer it, and the call lasts for a few minutes. That’sContinue reading “Distraction from the main thing – Characters: David & Goliath, Part 2”

Do you have crippling fear? – Characters: David & Goliath, Part 1

What seemingly impossible situations are you facing?  What is causing you fear?  What keeps you up at night?  What gives you an upset stomach?  Fear is a powerful force that affects so many of us.  Fear of losing our health.  Fear of losing control.  Fear of poverty.  Fear of death. In our Characters series, weContinue reading “Do you have crippling fear? – Characters: David & Goliath, Part 1”

Should Christians take up arms? [Christians & War – Deuteronomy 20, part 4]

How should Christians view war?  We are not the nation of ancient Israel which had a special covenant with God.  We are the church, and we are under a new covenant.  So from this passage in Deuteronomy, we can learn God’s heart, but we have to also take into consideration the new covenant we haveContinue reading “Should Christians take up arms? [Christians & War – Deuteronomy 20, part 4]”

The surprising weapon followers of Jesus arm themselves with

One of the biggest questions followers of Jesus ask is: how much should we be in the world, exposing ourselves to the world, participating in activities or behaviors that are considered normative in the world? And by contrast, how much should we remove ourselves from the world? Which behaviors should we stop? How much shouldContinue reading “The surprising weapon followers of Jesus arm themselves with”

Can we experience Jesus’ victory now…or do we have to wait till we get to heaven?

What is heaven like?  There is much speculation.  I wish the Bible was much more clear than it is.  Sometimes it talks about a supernatural dwelling place of God.  In the New Testament the word for “heaven” can also mean “sky”.  Is heaven up there somewhere?  But then other times the Bible talks about heavenContinue reading “Can we experience Jesus’ victory now…or do we have to wait till we get to heaven?”

That time a military recruiter called me with an amazing proposal

A couple years ago, I got one of those out-of-the blue calls that sounded legit, but also made me very suspicious.  It was from a military recruiter, the Army Reserves to be precise. At the time I was 39 years old.  Not quite the age anymore to be considered for military service.  He explained thatContinue reading “That time a military recruiter called me with an amazing proposal”