Does Pastoral Abuse Invalidate Christianity?

A just released, 887-page grand jury report states that 301 Catholic priests have abused 1,000 children over a 70-year period in Pennsylvania. The report also documents the church leadership’s massive cover up of these unconscionable acts. The problem was systemic. The church hierarchy not only failed to protect the most vulnerable under their care; they … Continue reading Does Pastoral Abuse Invalidate Christianity?

Living Water – John 4:1-29

People die without water. When someone is far beyond thirsty, a glass of water is worth more to them than all the world’s gold. At age 16, I got heat stroke in Florida...after fishing all day in the hot sun because I forgot to bring drinking water. That was just a single day. Water is … Continue reading Living Water – John 4:1-29

From Death to Life – John 3:1-21

God the Father sent us His One and Only Son, so that through our faith in Jesus Christ, we could be born again by the Holy Spirit. We who believe in Him, have turned from the darkness of this world’s lies to the light and glory of Christ’s truth. We have moved from death to life. … Continue reading From Death to Life – John 3:1-21

Entertaining Angels: The Sales Rep

Is Hebrews 13:2 true?  Have some entertained angels without knowing it?  In my early twenties, I was the buyer for my family’s manufacturing company. A buyer deals with many different types of sales representatives, for many different types of products, from many different vendors. I bought whatever raw materials, tools, or supplies we needed to … Continue reading Entertaining Angels: The Sales Rep

Are You a Thief?

“Discipleship is a tricky business sometimes,” began the man introduced one Sunday morning as the head of the prison ministry. “You don’t always know how new believers are internalizing Scriptural truths, or some aspect of Christianity that you are explaining. They can parrot the right words back, but they might misunderstand those words – significantly … Continue reading Are You a Thief?

“Smack up against God’s grace”

“Pastor Rob, a man arrived requesting to talk with a minister,” my secretary announced one early Monday afternoon. I met Ted (not his real name) in the waiting room. He was clean cut and in his mid-thirties. I had just spent two hours helping sixteen people with food and other types of assistance. “This shouldn’t take long,” … Continue reading “Smack up against God’s grace”

Happy Father’s Day!

Sunday is Father's Day in the USA. I thought long and hard about what to post for this special day — an emotional one for many. There are several different directions I could have gone, but I decided to focus upward, on God the Father. The background picture and the verses, of the image below, deeply touch my … Continue reading Happy Father’s Day!

“God, help me save my daughter!”

We can never know when a Goliath will suddenly appear. At any moment, we can be confronted with a life threatening situation and must call upon the Lord to act, or someone will die. Moments like these are not the time to start developing a strong relationship with God, when they arise we must already … Continue reading “God, help me save my daughter!”