When Christians have false ideas about God – Ezekiel 13, Preview

Have you ever been in a conversation with someone and thought to yourself, “Woah…they have some strange ideas!”???  Do you confront them?  Do you ask for more details?  Do you just let it go?  Maybe it’s not worth the trouble.  Or maybe, we need to be more like children.  Children?  Yes. Think about the classicContinue reading “When Christians have false ideas about God – Ezekiel 13, Preview”

A powerful lesson about success from the SNL Prophet – Ezekiel 3:16-27, Part 5

Remember how I told you that Ezekiel’s prophetic ministry is not going to be what we typically think of prophetic ministry?  Instead of preaching to crowds of adoring people, Ezekiel will often perform dramas or sign acts, like skits.  He is the Saturday Night Live of prophets.  In our final post in this five-part seriesContinue reading “A powerful lesson about success from the SNL Prophet – Ezekiel 3:16-27, Part 5”

A watchman must speak God’s words – Ezekiel 3:16-27, Part 3

How do you feel about confrontation? Most people I talk with don’t like it. I personally don’t like it, and I can work very hard to avoid it. That includes confronting others, and being confronted myself. Maybe you know what I mean. Confrontation is both difficult to give and receive, and few people do eitherContinue reading “A watchman must speak God’s words – Ezekiel 3:16-27, Part 3”

The precarious business of telling the truth – Ezekiel 2:1-3:15, Preview

Do you tell the truth? Of course you do…or do you? Are there times when you might fudge a bit on the truth? I suspect that all of us struggle with lying here and there, but for the most part we are committed to telling the truth. I ask the question, though, because there areContinue reading “The precarious business of telling the truth – Ezekiel 2:1-3:15, Preview”

Why we should look to Jesus to win us the victory – Colossians 2:8-15, Part 5

All week long in this five part series on Colossians 2:8-15, I have been seeking to understand the Apostle Paul’s answer to the question, “What is truth?” After hearing his concern that there are deceptive philosophies in the world that seek to captivate us, Paul focuses our attention on Jesus, saying that Jesus is theContinue reading “Why we should look to Jesus to win us the victory – Colossians 2:8-15, Part 5”

If Trumpism and White Christian Nationalism are heresy, what is true? – Colossians 2:8-15, Part 4

This week we’ve been studying Colossians 2:8-15, starting here, and Paul has commanded the Christians not to be held captive by empty philosophy based on the traditions of humankind. I suggested in part 3 of this week’s series of posts that a couple of those empty philosophies impacting contemporary evangelical Christians in America are TrumpismContinue reading “If Trumpism and White Christian Nationalism are heresy, what is true? – Colossians 2:8-15, Part 4”

What is truth? Where do we find truth in a world of fake news? – Colossians 2:8-15, Part 1

Easter is just a few weeks away, and that means we once again celebrate Holy Week.  Imagine with me the scene from the darkest day of Holy Week, Good Friday, when the Roman governor Pilate questions Jesus.  Pilate is the most powerful man in the land, representing the authority and might of the Roman Emperor. Continue reading “What is truth? Where do we find truth in a world of fake news? – Colossians 2:8-15, Part 1”

Wisdom that cuts us open – Ecclesiastes 12:9-14, Part 2

When I was 17, as part of my punishment for a horribly tragic car accident, in which I was at fault, I did 150 hours of community service in a local hospital’s emergency room. There I saw some nasty wounds. The most difficult was an elderly woman who got a nasty gash on her foreheadContinue reading “Wisdom that cuts us open – Ecclesiastes 12:9-14, Part 2”

Why listening to painful things is better than foolish laughter – Ecclesiastes 7:1-14, Part 3

I have been in a doctoral program for the last two years, and this past spring I finished my coursework and passed comprehensive exams. That means I now need to write the dissertation.  A book.  I’m writing a book.  And it feels like a mountain.  The first step was to write a proposal for myContinue reading “Why listening to painful things is better than foolish laughter – Ecclesiastes 7:1-14, Part 3”

The most depressing book in the Bible? – Ecclesiastes 1:1-11, Part 1

Did you hear that news that actor Chadwick Boseman passed away on Friday?  The star of Black Panther, and many other films, had secretly been battling colon cancer for years, and on Friday, at the age of 43 he passed away, shocking many.  I tell you this because I saw a news report about Boseman’sContinue reading “The most depressing book in the Bible? – Ecclesiastes 1:1-11, Part 1”