"For Lent I Am Giving Up_______________"

"For Lent I Am Giving Up_______________"

We take up or give up, lift or put down, for specific purposes, but whichever we choose, the important thing is remembering that Lent is not about self-improvement—it is not New Year’s take two, a time to re-up on failed resolutions . . .

Peter's need for Ritalin (Mark 9:5-6) OR What we can learn from The Transfiguration and Other Mountain-Top Expereinces

Peter's need for Ritalin (Mark 9:5-6) OR What we can learn from The Transfiguration and Other Mountain-Top Expereinces

"Peter didn't know what the Hell he was talking about. He had no idea what the mountain-top experience really represented...Moses & Elijah represented encouragement and a reminder to be attentive to faithfulness, because dark days are coming..."

The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guarding your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus. (Php 4:7) [A 2017 New Year's Card Talk & Minor Critique of Christian Fatalism]

The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guarding your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus. (Php 4:7) [A 2017 New Year's Card Talk & Minor Critique of Christian Fatalism]

As we ponder the new year we would like to make a simple biblical suggestion: "God is in control" is often an example of Christian fatalism: an anti-intellectual, un-spiritual, amoral cop-out. God may have work to do, but so do you. 

“Although Surprising to Most, the Kingdom of Heaven is really like___________”

“Although Surprising to Most, the Kingdom of Heaven is really like___________”

 . . . one year we’ll defend our belief in an incarnation timed for Sukkoth as there is no way Jesus was born in December, and we’ll write the Card Talk about how the wise men did not show up until He was three years old. Eventually we’ll even address the fact that the little drummer boy was actually a drunk Roman solider looking for his estranged wife (okay, we just made that last one up) . . .