This post is part of a series on explaining the whole bible. Exile The kingdom of Judah ended with the destruction of Jerusalem and the deportation of the brightest young people to Babylon. However, Jeremiah had predicted that the exile would last only 70 years, and Isaiah even predicted a king named Cyrus would be […]continue reading Exile & Renewed Hope
The latest Internet video phenomenon has come from American Idol. It’s the song, Pants on the Ground! ATL 10 @ Yahoo! Video “Neil Young” has even done a rendition of this new hit:continue reading Pants on the Ground
It seems so capricious and uncaring that a God would allow his own son to suffer, until you get the bigger picture that God loved the sinful world so much that he sacrificed one son, for three days, to gain billions of children for a sinless eternity. We look at all pain and suffering from […]continue reading Thoughts on the Problem of Evil
James 1:2-3 gives the standard Christian answer to this question: Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance… Of course, knowing the Sunday school answer and being okay with it are two different things entirely, but this week, I […]continue reading Why does God let us face trials?
Read the Rules: http://lafayetterocks.com Reply to the YouTube Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biXyVq6toa0continue reading Lafayette Rocks 2009
Found at this other blog. Quoting the original article: This unexpected, spontaneous, and scripted dance (aka Flash dance) was performed by over twenty thousand people. How did they do it? Planners recruited 800 people using Facebook and Twitter Choreographers taught a simple dance to these 800 “dancers” Dancers were planted amongst the crowd, who then […]continue reading Cooperation Makes for a Good Day
For a couple weeks now, I have been dissatisfied with the modern worship songs we’ve been singing in our church. The music is great, the beats are fun, the lyrics are powerful, but honestly, they aren’t very deep. In particular, the majority of modern rock-style worship music puts God in the second person. Everything is […]continue reading “Our God” (a song)
This morning, I was reading the first few chapters of Numbers. I have to be honest with you, and I am somewhat ashamed to admit, I wasn’t expecting much. Aside from a few interesting (and confusing) stories, the book of Numbers is filled with, you guessed it, numbers! The first few chapters are all about […]continue reading Organizational Insights from Numbers 2
Oh to see the dawn of the darkest day. Christ on the road to Calvary. Tried by sinful men, torn and beaten then Nailed to a cross of wood. This the pow’r of the cross. Christ became sin for us. Took the blame, bore the wrath, We stand forgiven at the cross.continue reading The Power of the Cross
UPDATE: This film has been posted to YouTube if you want to watch it. link Tonight, our life group skipped our normal routine to watch a documentary purportedly on the relationship between homosexuality and religion called For the Bible Tells Me So However, the documentary was actually on the relationship between homosexuality and the conservative/fundamentalist […]continue reading “for the Bible tells me so” — documentary on homosexuality
This past week, I gained an insight into some communication skills that should be standard fare for all couples. For many years, I have been teaching some very basic principles on communication, but this past week I learned a little more and thought it was time to put it together into the following guidelines.continue reading 4 Communication Tips for Couples
On Monday, August 24, 2009, our local newspaper printed the following: Accident Closes McCarty For 3 Hours A Lafayette man was taken to the hospital and McCarty Lane was closed for nearly three hours Sunday night after a motorcycle accident. According to Officer Nicholas Amor of the Lafayette Police Department, Jeffrey Mikels, 28, of Lafayette […]continue reading I was (not) in a motorcycle accident
In 1 Corinthians 10:13, we read: No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. — 1 […]continue reading Trials prove how strong you are
An article recently posted on psychologytoday.com is not approaching marriage from a Christian perspective, but it is an excellent assessment of what has happened to the relationship between men and women in the past 40 years or so. Here’s the gist: Men today grew up in a world where it was largely okay for a […]continue reading Marriage on the Rocks? Read this!
This week, CNN posted an article describing a recent report that attempts to help homosexuals “recover” do more harm than good. Since I wrote an article on this very topic (see Is There Recovery for the Homosexual?.), I thought it would be good to have a link to this new article here and to add […]continue reading More on Homosexual Recovery