One of the most misunderstood parts of the crucifixion story shows up at the very end of Matthew’s account: From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why […]continue reading Does God Turn His Face Away?
I’m posting this on my personal blog. The viewpoint I share here is not necessarily the viewpoint of the church I serve as pastor nor is it a topic of my messages on Sunday mornings. Perhaps you like the Trump presidency. Perhaps you hate it. Your opinion matters, and the comment section below is open […]continue reading Why I Voted for Trump and Why I Won’t Do it Again
Apparently, something like 200,000 people in the USA believe the Earth is flat. I’m personally quite bothered by this, but rather than rant on and on about Flat Earth theory, I decided I would just simply put down here absolute definitive methods for how a person who is skeptical of all scientific authorities can prove […]continue reading Flat/Round Earth Experiments
My church office received an email today that called me out for what was printed in the local newspaper reporting on my involvement in the City Council meeting last Monday. A woman named Kathy wrote this: Dear Pastor Mikels, Reading the newspaper Tuesday morning, I felt quite sad to read about your objections to our community protecting […]continue reading Is it Discrimination to Discriminate against Discriminators?
Last night, the Lafayette City Council met to consider putting an amendment into the Lafayette Human Relations Ordinance. Some time ago, the city codified a “Human Relations Ordinance” to fight against discrimination in our town. It created a Human Relations Commission tasked with the job of investigating cases of discrimination in our city and offering […]continue reading My Statement to the Lafayette City Council on Gender Identity
Last week, Ashley Smith issued the “Ice Bucket Challenge” to the LCC Staff, and this Sunday, Billy, Beth, Kevin and I are going to get doused. You will want to be there at around 10:20am to see it happen. However, I also want to take this opportunity to share a few thoughts about the Ice […]continue reading I’m Doing the Ice Bucket Challenge this Week
This past week, I tried an experiment. I posted a couple images to my Facebook timeline that I thought had the potential to become somewhat viral. That is, I thought these images would be shared around Facebook, and I wanted to see how widely they would go. Well, my little experiment took me in a […]continue reading A Different Question about Gender Differences
Why do church people do . . . ? There are a lot of things that church people do that are different from the way the rest of the world lives: Church people go to a church gathering nearly every Sunday while most people in the world rarely do anything “every week” except for weekly obligations […]continue reading Why are church people so strange?
I’ve been disappointed that the Mac OS doesn’t provide a watch command. It’s a very useful command, so its absence from the operating system has always baffled me. Well, after using simple bash before, I finally implemented a better replacement in python. Here is version 0.1continue reading Simple ‘watch’ command for Mac OS X
Today, I learned that there is an app for breaking up. That’s right. There is an app to help you end a relationship. Click this link if you want to see it in action. Some of you need to download the app today, and I’m not joking.continue reading There’s an app for that…
This past Sunday, I closed out my message with a statement that I honestly felt was controversial but something that should be said nevertheless. I said that tithing is not giving to God.continue reading Tithing is not Giving to God
I got a very interesting question on a Connect Card this past Sunday, and I’d like to interact with it here on my site. Here’s what it said: With all of the prayers God hears every day – how does he hear yours? What makes me as important as everyone else in the world that […]continue reading Why does God listen to my prayer?
In a recent conversation I had with a church planting friend of mine, the topic of the tithe came up, and I thought it might be interesting for me to put down in this forum what I am teaching my church regarding giving. Having been heavily influenced by the likes of Andy Stanley, Randy Alcorn, […]continue reading To Tithe or Not to Tithe
Occasionally, I get really deep questions turned in on our Sunday Connect Cards, and this past Sunday, I received this one: I noticed that two of the songs played in service this morning mentioned justice as something God has and uses to demonstrate his goodness. If one of the classic arguments against belief in a […]continue reading How should Christians live out God’s ideal of justice?
Recently, a note came to me from someone in our church with an interesting question. It said this: Why is it that sometimes your prayers do not end with “Amen”? Is there a biblical reason why we do or do not say amen after prayers? I responded personally, but I also felt my answer might […]continue reading Why do we say “Amen” at the end of prayers?