When It’s Important To Miss Church

The Good Samaritan by David Teniers the younger after Francesco Bassano-Wikimedia Commons

The Good Samaritan by David Teniers the younger after Francesco Bassano

Cherokee Bible Church

I was on the Cherokee Bible Church website today. There I read this lady’s story about how Continue reading

Things I Heard In Church: “Nowhere in God’s word does He say…”

Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” –Jesus Christ, Matthew 22:37-39

These words are written on the wall of our church. The man who spoke last Sunday had the entire congregation read those words aloud, and then he said this:

“Nowhere in God’s word does He say we get to choose our neighbor.”

Brad Harper, co-author of Space at the Table: Conversations between an evangelical theologian and his gay son

Things I Heard In Church: “Following Jesus Is Like Drafting The Fastest Guy In The Peloton”

Bicycle Drafting by fixedgear-CC

Things I Heard In Church:

“Following Jesus is like drafting the fastest guy in the peloton. The closer you are to the one in front of you, the greater the benefit.” –Ben Herr

From Ben Herr‘s excellent presentation: Fishers of Men, heard at Cedar Mill Bible Church

Image via fixedgear – Creative Commons

 

Thought Of You When I Read This Today

I thought of you when I read this today, you my readers, and a few of you in particular. These were the words I read:

“The boundless dimensions of the Lord of glory simply cannot be confined within any human interpretation of his perfection, and the longer one looks at him, the more one sees this to be the case. Yet recognizing this fact, there is no study more rewarding. Limited as our faculties of perception may be, we know that in the Master we have a perfect Teacher.” Robert E. Coleman

Things I Heard In Church: A Sermon On Sex (In The Dark)

In the DarkThings I Heard In Church: A sermon on sex (in the dark).

During that sermon, the pastor said these words: Continue reading

Things You Should Know About The Author Of This Blog: I Recently Had This Conversation With Kathy

I recently had the following conversation with Kathy.

Kathy: “Sometimes you can be so dismissive.”

Me: “That’s ridiculous.”

(Kathy appreciates your prayers.)

Religious Bigots

Against The Flow by Marcin Bajer-CC

Against the Flow

The Definition Of A Bigot

I want to begin by saying I struggled with using the word bigot. The first definition that comes up when I Google it is, “a person who is intolerant toward those holding different opinions.” That’s similar to other definitions I found, including the one from Merriam-Webster and that’s the meaning of the word as it’s used in this blog post. But for many people today the word bigot has become synonymous with the word racist and that’s NOT the meaning of the word as used in this article.

When Rules Trump Jesus’ Love

Today a Christian friend of mine shared about a man I’ll call Tom. My friend cared for this man in a group home because Tom had a serious cognitive disability. Tom’s capacity to enjoy life was severely limited: there was just one, and only one, activity that brought him joy and that was Continue reading

Things I Heard In Church: “The first miracle Jesus ever did was to turn water into wine–to save a party.” -Randy Alcorn

“The first miracle Jesus ever did was to turn water into wine–to save a party.” –Randy Alcorn

Last Sunday I visited my friends Darrell, Patty, and Kellen Knott at Good Shepherd Community Church, East of Portland. Best selling author Randy Alcorn was speaking on the topic of happiness there. Here are a few more quotes from Randy on that day (be sure not to miss the last one!): Continue reading