Locking Eyes with Grace

John 8 recounts a time when Jesus was interrupted by a group of Pharisees as he taught in the temple. They had a woman who was caught in the act of adultery, and according to the law of Moses, she should be stoned to death.  Also, according to this law, they needed two witnesses (v….

When following Jesus hurts….

Left on their own, vine branches harbor disease and grow spindly, then die. They head off in wrong directions. God’s good nature is to prevent that. But, sometimes it hurts.

We are pruned.

What blocks victory

There’s a stretch of time between God calling Gideon a mighty warrior and Gideon acting like one.  Gideon had questions. Gideon needed proof. An angel of the LORD met him and Gideon made excuses. Perhaps that is what happens when a culture drifts away from intimacy with God. They forget Who God is. What He…

What the blind beggar knew…

Are you stuck in your spiritual walk? Modern events stagnating your faith? Find out one key ingredient to a deeper walk with Jesus.

False Humility: Closeted Pride

I watched a snippet of a video from a self-proclaimed prophet the other day. What strikes me as odd is the widespread declaration of blessing and breakthrough on whole groups of people, without the call to repentance or discipline. Or humility. And I wonder if blessing without discipline is really what the American culture needs…

A Confession Isaiah 53:5

Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed. Upon Him was the punishment that made us whole. Whole– complete, lacking or wanting nothing. Nothing left undone. God’s sacrifice of His son Jesus didn’t almost…

Religious Crust and the Walking Dead

“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.” Luke 24:5 I remember the day I fake gave my life to Christ. I was at a church camp and the speaker was really loud and seemed to specialize in how awful hell was. I was a fornicator….

Forgiveness and the Flying Boulder

  Dear random Catholic priest who was just trying to perform a wedding ceremony. In Latin. When I was sitting next to my best friend in high school. Who, as it turns out, can do an amazing impersonation of a priest performing a wedding ceremony in Latin. I. Am. Sooo. Sorry. Also, my apologies to the…

Four easy steps to open heart surgery

  I’m often tempted to immediately dismiss any person who proclaims that Christianity is easy. That taking up your cross and following Jesus is a simple feat. There are books and podcasts and flyers stuck on windshields that mislead people into thinking that an all transforming relationship with God can be done in three easy steps….