Why pastors lie at funerals

Funerals are a place where we pastors can be guilty of lying…a lot. Maybe I’m just speaking for myself.  So this is my confession: how to do I lie at funerals?  I almost always talk about the person who passed away as definitely being in heaven.  As if there is no question about their eternalContinue reading “Why pastors lie at funerals”

How God’s Kingdom can change the world – Luke 13:10-21

We Christians talk a lot about the Kingdom of God, but what exactly is it?  Just a place people go to in the afterlife?  Heaven?  Jesus often said things “The Kingdom of God is among you, is near, has come.”  What in the world did he mean?  The people in his day often seemed confusedContinue reading “How God’s Kingdom can change the world – Luke 13:10-21”

How to move from Christian “Fail” to Christian “Faith”

The words on the by-line were “Christian FAIL”. I use two phone apps to read the news: Google Newstand and Flipboard, which are free newspaper, magazine and website article readers.  Earlier this week a Flipboard article with that by-line caught my eye. “Christian FAIL.” I knew what it was going to be about. Something aboutContinue reading “How to move from Christian “Fail” to Christian “Faith””

That time Jesus purposefully wanted to confuse the audience

My family and I started gardening a couple years ago.  When we lived in a city rowhome we filled a couple 5-gallon buckets with dirt, planted some tomatoes and peppers and stuck them on our second floor outdoor balcony.  Our backyard butted up against a neighboring house that blocked out the sun, so the bucketsContinue reading “That time Jesus purposefully wanted to confuse the audience”