How Can God Send Someone to Hell Because of Their Sexual Orientation?

That is terribly unfair of God! How can He create a person to be a certain way and then cast them into the flames of hell because they are doing exactly what He created them to do?  If this is the God of Christianity – then I don’t want to get to know that God! […]

Is God Cruel?

Even just a few minutes of the evening news would convince anyone that the world we live in is a difficult place. Not only do we regularly hear of wars, robberies, murders, and other acts of violence, but news of natural disasters and tragic accidents are just as common. Everywhere we turn we see and experience tragedy, […]

Does God Still Speak to Us Today?

“The Lord wants me to tell you something.” “I’ve got a message from the Lord.” “God has laid it on my heart to do this.” Most of us have heard someone uttering a phrase like these.  Spoken by well-meaning Christians, these people are convinced that God has singled them out with a particular message.  They have “heard” His […]

Keeping the Faith During Good Times

Very few people enjoy hardships. As a matter of fact, we do all that we can to avoid them. We purchase insurance policies so that when difficult times come, the losses we suffer won’t be as bad. We also avoid unnecessary risks because they may lead to unnecessary hard times. But, if there is a […]

For Those Who Hurt at Christmastime

Every year, at around this time, I post a message very similar to this one.  I just have a sense that it’s a message worth repeating. The  Christmas holiday season is certainly an exciting time. Shopping, baking, decorating, parties, and visiting are just some of the things that many of us enjoy this time of year.  […]

Trying to Understand #Ferguson

Like the rest of the nation, I watched the grand jury’s announcement on television last night.  I listened to the reciting of facts and testimony that had been examined. In my way of thinking the process should be fairly straightforward.  If the physical evidence from that tragic day and the eyewitness testimony supported charges being filed against […]

Why I Am a Believer

  This question was originally raised as a topic of discussion in our Sunday School class.  However, it has been something that I routinely address during Bible studies at the jail.  I address it often because the constant change in jail population brings new faces – men whom I haven’t met yet.  Therefore, I find that I […]

Does God Speak Through Dreams?

  After a series of particularly troubling dreams, a young man recently asked me the above question.  He was wondering if God was trying to say something to him and what that message might be.  I told him that I didn’t feel qualified to answer the latter part of his question, but would be happy to […]

Assisted Suicide and the Grace of God

  On Saturday, Nov 1, 2014, Brittany Maynard ended her life at her home in Portland, OR.  She had taken her own life by an overdose of barbiturates under Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act.  Given only six months to live, after being diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor, she chose to end her life on her […]

My Testimony – My Story

At a recent men’s Bible study we talked about our testimonies – our stories.  As an exercise, we took turns sharing our stories of how we came to faith.  I believe it is important for us to think through our testimonies and be able to readily share them.  They are powerful and oftentimes, through the sharing of our […]