Gimmicks or the Gospel: How to attract holiday visitors.

Christmas time has always been a prime opportunity for Churches to reach new visitors and folks who generally only come once a year. This season is one that is filled with opportunities for gospel conversations and quality outreach. It is often tempting for Churches to use secular gimmicks to bring people in the door, but these gimmicks won’t motivate a …

A Homily On The Sixth Last Saying of Jesus

“After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished said (to fulfill the scripture) ‘I thirst.’  A jar of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth.  When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, ‘It is finished.’”  These were not the whimpering …

The Gospel in #metoo

[et_pb_section admin_label=”section”][et_pb_row admin_label=”row”][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text”] This is heavy stuff. Let me start by saying that sexual assault, harassment, or abuse of any form is always, always, always wrong. I’ll be honest; I’m writing every single word of this post with a lump in my throat, teary eyes, and a churning stomach because this topic requires more sensitivity and gentleness than …

Loss of Conviction

We live in a society where issues of preference and convenience dominate our attention. All of this hustle and bustle distracts us from what life really is. Today we talk about things that we are passionate about such as; football teams, food, clothes, television shows, and the like.  Rarely do we talk about overcoming the social, moral, and humanitarian ills …

What Is Truth?

Pontius Pilate laughed at the concept of truth.  Philosophers rationalize truth to fit their thinking.  Scientists seek truth in nature.  Atheists reject Truth.  Mathematicians derive proofs.  Many religions posit absolute truth.  If society will not accept an absolute truth then finding truth, if it does exist, becomes increasingly difficult and complex. G.K. Chesterton once asserted that Truth is much like …

Who Should Care About Healthcare?

With the initial republican failure to pass the American Healthcare Act, many on the left and the right celebrate what they believe to be the death of an insufficient bill. Those on the left believe the bill would relinquish too much governmental control and those on the right believe it wouldn’t relinquish enough. The question is who is correct and …

8 Ways That You Can End Abortion

Many Christians identify as “pro-life”. And this is a good thing, since the Bible says that God is the author of life and sovereign over all things. However, when it comes to practical habits, many Christians are unsure how they can be involved in this important cultural fight. Here is a list of eight ways that I have found to …

Casual Activism: Our Superficial Passion for Justice

Our world today is filled with injustice and suffering on all fronts. It seems that today more energy is harnessed fighting issues such as AIDS, hunger, poverty, abortion, human trafficking, and isolation than ever before in the history of the world. Look around. Just about every company, band or organization is supporting such a cause, whether domestic or international. Our …

Comfort in Church vs. Comfort in the Gospel

For the past 20 years, Churches have been attempting the transition from “Conservative” to “Contemporary”. Now, depending on your background, these words will connate different meanings. However, the root of the issue is creating an atmosphere that is engaging to the types of people each individual church is trying to attract. But this change is not isolated to simply the …