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He told me he loved me. Finally…

I have become accustomed to expressing verbally that I love people over the last many years. Few are comfortable with this. Even so with their closest family and friends. Some folks don’t grasp the nature of the word or even how the Greeks broke the word “love” into many different specific meanings. Here are the […]

Define “CHURCH” for me…

This is how the dictionary defines the word, church: church/CHərCH/noun a building used for public Christian worship.”they came to church with me” This is how the world sees, church: “A full 72 percent of the people interviewed said they think the church ‘is full of hypocrites,’” said LifeWay Research director Ed Stetzer. “At the same time, however, […]

When is Church Ritual Too Much?

I was recently delving into the Sermon on the Mount, and digging into Matthew 5, 6, & 7 respectively. After the Beatitudes, which were absolutely Earthmoving for me to finally comprehend in context, Christ moves forward to help clear up our sense of legalism. We’re taught about the need to remain preserved and visible – […]

Nothing Else Matters…

James Hetfield, of Metallica, wrote “Nothing Else Matters” for the Black Album way back in 1990… I remember snagging it after a four-and-a-half-hour round-trip drive to the nearest big city when it came out. I had an expectation that I’d be listening to something along the lines of “…And Justice for All” but it wasn’t. […]

The Easter Conundrum and Our Daily Lives…

As a Christian, I proclaim myself that first.  Sure, I’m an American, and Iowan, a conservative in most modes of thought, and certainly and husband and father.  But, the Almighty is my first focus and the rest comes second.  This choice informs all my others.  Which is to say, I’m easily predictable in this way, […]

And do not be Conformed to this World…

…But be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Have you heard that bit from Romans 12? I keep getting routed back to Romans 12 over, and over, and over. For whatever reason, my study, my digging, my delving, […]

God Spoke to Me Today…

When you hear those words spoken, or read them, two responses typically follow. Either, you read them and assume something juicy comes next, which actually qualifies you for idiocy, or you read them and said to yourself, “God doesn’t hold two-way dialogue with people very often in recorded history, so this guy is being metaphorical […]

You’ve got to forgive. And maybe more.

I think it’s called Grace in the Good Book, and forgiveness in the world. And I need to do more of it. Routinely… My cousin was married recently and her wedding was nearly perfect. The setting was a small and quaint church in a small rural Missouri town. She’s grown up in that church with […]

49 Years of Roe v Wade…

And we still haven’t asked ourselves some of the most basic questions necessary to TRULY understand the undistributed middle of this problem. This blog will be short and sweet. Yes, this is a Christian blog. And I always seek to offer either scripture and/or a Biblical basis for the thoughts I’m offering you as readers. […]

I Lost A Second Mother-in-Law

I left home to head to college as an 18yr old kid who knew everything. I ended up settling nearly 3 hours from my home, which was also the same community my to-be wife came from. College was busy, then work was busy, career building and dates with my then-girlfriend took priority. I didn’t get […]

Need a Marriage or Parenting Tune-Up?

If you’re near Newton (just east of Des Moines, IA) this should interest you. Here’s a link to the FB Event so you can sign up and/or communicate directly with CBF. I was just sent an email from Cornerstone Bible Fellowship, and wanted to share it with you: We are excited to host a marriage […]

Santa, the Easter Bunny, and other lies…

A few Sundays back, our pastor had what I’d like to refer to as a “mic drop moment” without his intention. Yes, he’s calculated in his sermon delivery as well as researched. But every now and then I sense a comment in him that comes off the cuff. In essence, he blurts out what he’s […]

The 5 Components of a Great Church?

This subject may offend some of you, as the components I describe may not be a reflection of the church you inhabit. Let’s start with what you don’t want in a church. The fact is, there are good churches out there and bad ones. And when I say “good” I mean “good” as defined by […]

Sometimes a nudge isn’t enough… TY GOD.

Some time ago I experienced a real slap in the face. I deserved it. I had it coming. It could have been avoided, but I was too stupid to get out of my own way. So, I got was coming to me. …And I’m grateful for it. God works in ways I cannot comprehend. To […]

Vax Mandates, Nietzsche, and Truth…

That’s quite an article title, is it not? Well, let me see if I can bring this full circle for you. In a chat for an advocacy group I volunteer within, a few remarks were offered from a friend I’ve come to really appreciate and admire. She is finishing her work in transportation, soon to […]

Hey Daddy! Hey Daddy! Hey Daddy!

For those of you who are parents, you’ll read the title and harken back to the time when your children were small and talkative. You’ll remember when you were their whole world. You can probably reminisce in the memory of hearing your own children say those words over and over to you. It truly is […]

Afghanistan and our Christian Response…

It looks bad and frankly is probably worse than you’ll realize. Yes, I have strongly held political positions. But, I make every effort to park that and keep a biblical response to just about anything when I can. My ego, pride, and emotions can get in front of my better judgments, but I continually want […]

The Afghan Fall and What it Means for You…

As the stories emerge from a media that can’t be trusted, it is hard to deny the images we’re seeing coming out of Afghanistan.  We’re going to hear plenty of blame, copious amounts of finger-pointing, and calls for vacating various offices and positions.  I’ve got news for you all.  You can’t legitimately lay things like […]

Who Wants Some False Doctrine? Get Ready…

I have been blogging about the advantages and disadvantages of virtual reality and the likes for a while now. I have been warning about false doctrine, along with those who offer it and how it’s done for a while now. I have been praying in an effort to avoid false doctrine myself. The age of […]

Gripe, Gripe, Gripe…

I’ve come to really embrace Toyota vehicles in the last few years. We don’t need to get into the “Big 3” debate. I simply took a step back and looked at the long-term value and performance, with Toyota edging out the other three. Then I factored in the truth – Toyota doesn’t play in politics, […]

First Time Teacher – Some Reflections from Year ONE…

As a first time teacher in Church, I have met with some level of success. Why, you ask? I am motivated and seek to be prepared. As a first time teacher in Church, I have also met with some level of failure. Why, you ask? I wasn’t motivated enough and I hadn’t sought to be […]

“The Dove Lair” – Finale

I’ve made it to the end of my 40-day devotional and have learned a lot. I’ve refreshed my mind of many things I’d overlooked, marginalized, or otherwise forgotten. I’ve enjoyed a sense of gladness over my retrospect of marriage. I’ve also been deeply humbled and convicted in my realization of absence and ignorance in my […]

“The Dove Lair” – Part 5

I’ll hit you straight up with it today. Some of this venture hasn’t gone as well as I’d hoped. There are also parts that have been truly rewarding. I should have embraced the idea early on that there would, as always, be surprises along the road to marital bliss. …And not always in the form […]

“The Dove Lair” – Part 4

I’ve eclipsed the halfway point of this 40-day journey. I find myself with an odd dichotomy that seems to surround this devotional. On one hand, I’ve successfully managed to deploy this series of dares without my wife figuring out what I’m doing. It was meant to be done for our mutual benefit, rather than any […]

“The Dove Lair” – Part 3

Well, here I am, with a pretty good start through this devotional and improvement series, when lo and behold, I have a conversation that I need to share with you. I was really enthused to do this with my church family, my brothers specifically because no matter what I tried I couldn’t get any takers […]

“The Dove Lair” – Part 2

As you can imagine, I, as expected, have learned and relearned things in the process of applying The Dove Lair again. As I mentioned earlier, I have undergone this devotional and self-examination in years prior. I have retained some of that which I came to new light with this retrospective inspection. It also has become […]

“The Dove Lair” – Part 1

I’m going to use some rudimentary code to avoid spilling all the beans. Heck, we might even use code names. That’d be fun. It isn’t considered lying when you admit upfront you’re using code names, right? “Y’all hear that? We’re using code names!” Let’s get this party started. The first Saturday of each month is […]

For those of you who haven’t volunteered at Church yet…

You should. My blog from the day before regarding a fantastic learning technique was a small part of a larger story. It might benefit others for me to share this with you all. I mentioned that I hadn’t taught anything Biblical in a formal setting prior to this year’s Adult Sunday School at Cornerstone Bible […]

Back to School…

I’ve been remiss on my blogging for the recent few months. I believe I have an excuse you’ll find acceptable, however… I’ve been offering the Adult Sunday School at our church. Late last summer our Pastor asked the congregation to remain behind after Service if we were interested in learning more about volunteering with Sunday […]

#BLM #TRUMP #PROTEST Jesus???

I was having a conversation with a longtime friend the day after the Trump protests in DC. He’s an atheist, very liberal, and isn’t high on pesky things like the 1st or 2nd amendment. I wouldn’t say he’s my antithesis, but close. He’s also been an extremely loving and kind friend to me for 25 […]

So, Ravi… Should we delete you and your work now?

I’ve made it no secret that I have thoroughly enjoyed Ravi Zacharias over many years. I was introduced to him by my Pastor, Steve. Not in a literal sense of course. There was no handshake, but Steve told me one day that I might really like listening to his Apologetics works. I checked him out […]

My son’s 7th birthday and a slap in the face…

My little boy turned 7 this week. He’s such a fun-loving and cute kid that I can sometimes forget his ability to be a holy terror. Sometimes. HA! But, as you know, parents are among the few that see the best and worst their children have to offer. Still, my boy appears to have a […]

Live your BEST LIFE NOW!

I, for one, am getting just about sick to my stomach over what I hear leaking from the mouths of my fellow Christians. If I didn’t relegate my umbrage to a singular focus, I’m not sure I could stop after having begun typing this morning. Thus, I’ll corral my ire to a specific and narrow […]

Antinomianism and the Fall of Western Culture…

Most people don’t know what “antinomianism” means or how to define it. With no small irony, we appear to be eyeball deep within it at every directional glance. There are a few variations of the definition of antinomianism, but this is thorough and illustrates well what I would like for you to grasp: Antinomianism (Ancient Greek: […]

Derecho…

Honestly, I’d never heard of the term “derecho” in my life. Derecho /dāˈrāˌCHō/ is defined as a line of intense, widespread, and fast-moving windstorms and sometimes thunderstorms that moves across a great distance and is characterized by damaging winds. As a Midwesterner, I’ve never gotten too concerned about straight line winds. The winds that start […]

Virtue Signaling isn’t Virtuous…

…And blurting out, “We didn’t know what we didn’t know,” is no longer an example of acceptable tautology. Propaganda works.  We typically don’t refer to indoctrination that way any longer.  Today the term “Virtue Signaling” is the path forward.  Window dressing aside, propaganda is as virtue signaling does.  Ask any former communist or student of […]

Black Lives Matter

Every word you will ever utter in your time means something. Words, whether audibly spoken, chiseled on a rock, or gestured with sign language means something. All of them. So when we offer the mantra, “Black Lives Matter” there is meaning to those words. “Black Lives Matter” – I know what each individual word means, […]

Decoration Day (Memorial Day)…

Have you ever heard the term “Decoration Day” by someone in your family or among your friends?  We used to refer to Memorial Day as “Decoration Day” for specific reasons.  Sure, we decorate the graves of others over this weekend specifically, but the core of this federal holiday is slowly becoming lost I fear and […]

I’d give anything for one more day with my _________…

Fill in the blank. If you’ve heard this uttered once, you’ve heard it a million times. Yesterday was Mother’s Day, and I’m sure the internet was full of sentiment such as this. I’m not heartless. I too would love to visit with my grand folks again. Oh, the things we could talk about now that […]

Anyone have a golden image I could worship?

Yes, I’m on a bit of a rant. No, I don’t make this is a habit. I’ve been silent in terms of my Christian blog throughout the COVID19 scare. I understand virology, herd immunization, and the topics that surround a virus outbreak such as this. I also understand just how damaging a poor grasp of […]

I despise the mirror on days like today…

I got up yesterday, the same as any other day, and did the things I always do. I wake up extra early. I do this, not for pleasure or preference mind you, but because I simply don’t sleep much. Any sleep I grab past 4 is a gift. When you have a wife, especially one […]

My child frustrates me beyond words…

Yeah, I wrote that. I meant it too. I’m thinking through some serious considerations at the moment. I’ve also stumbled across a few elements other parents are facing that have me pontificating how I would handle those situations myself. Some are darned heavy lifts to boot. In my own case, I have a daughter that […]

When was the last time you considered killing yourself?

Provocative title, right? You’d think a “Christian” blog wouldn’t contain such harsh ideas or thought, right? Wrong. Sometimes you need a smack in the face. I do. We have an entire culture swirling around the toilet bowl as if somebody hit the big “flush” handle. There are few limits for what a prog will say […]

Nothing can save me now. It’s what I believe…

I’d rather listen to classical music or something in the alternative/prog metal or art rock than most anything else. I have quite a bit of folk music edging into my daily listening, but I default pretty quickly to a handful of bands that I really love. They include in no particular order: Portal, Tool, Deftones, […]

Despair and Reconciliation

I’ve learned much more than I bargained for with you over these many years. People often linger and lament over the changes they’d make if they’d only known. I don’t think that describes me. Not in this circumstance. For if I made a change in the past, a different outcome would be my reality. And […]

The killing of innocence and the demonstration of forgiveness…

As I type this, I’m dizzy with thought. Whirling through my mind are many questions, and few answers. “Have I not been this selfish? When have I done this to others? Why can’t I recall my own debased patheticism?” I wonder if the human psyche manages to cloud our worst behavior in an effort to […]

The Incoherence of Sunday Living…

Can you be easily identified as a Christian by your fellow congregational members in the pew on Sunday morning? Most would answer yes to that question. The idea that there are some who might respond with a “no” is a topic for another day. But yeah, your fellow parishioners look on you most likely as […]

I don’t want to have another friend. I don’t want to wonder how your life has been…

You ever said that out loud? What about under your breath? Better yet, have you ever thought it about a friend? I have been uttering things like that, both silently and audibly quite often lately. It seems like I’ve got a gaggle of pals that can’t enjoy anything but strife, chaos, and general discord. It’s […]

We need a pastor, not a performer…

I heard that phrase uttered the other day and scoffed at it under my breath. I neither took it to heart nor did I truly think about the implications of what a short proclamation such as that actually meant. The person saying it wouldn’t be on my short-list to hand out sage advice to the […]

“You’re such a good dad!” …not really…

Typically I view myself as a ‘decent’ dad. I’m no fool. I’m also not ignorant. When I hear people give me accolades as a ‘good dad’ I enjoy hearing it – that’s the self-absorbed ego-driven portion of me. …But I only bask in the faux glow of envy for a second or two. It isn’t […]

You cannot kill me in a way that matters – the Algorithm, the Matrix, and the Shroom…

Algorithms today, especially those on social media, tend to be helpful, hurtful, and terrifying all in one tremendous vein. An algorithm is defined as a process or set of rules to be followed by calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by a computer. If we apply this definition to the old pamphlet sized calculators we […]

4th Grade Volleyball and the Edification Paradox…

3 all day long tournaments filled with 4th grade girls from all over a 100 mile area. 17 regular season games with 34 sets therein. Admittedly I lost count, but somewhere in the neighborhood of 550 points scored. 10 happy, healthy, and eager kids wanting to play and realize the true meaning of ‘team’ in […]

We speak biblical language more often than we know…

But don’t get too heady just yet. As we drift from biblical literacy we relate less and less to the origins of the daily nomenclature we toss around. I’ll give you some examples. A drop in the bucket…  Isaiah 40:15 – Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket, And are regarded as a speck […]

Miracle Defined…

According to Hoyle. Have you ever considered the context of what it really means to experience or learn of a “Miracle according to Hoyle” in true application? We must first ask, “Who is Hoyle” do we not? Some would say that phrase originates from Sir Fred Hoyle, a rarely outspoken Yorkshireman who rejected Darwinism and […]

Good art follows you around the room…

Isn’t that what they claim? Well… There’s a few problems with that. First, I’m not sure I’m cultured enough to know whether that holds a shred of truth or not. Second, who is “they” anyway? That can’t be skipped. Not by thinkers anyway… IF good art follows you around the room, then is it a […]

After this tragedy, we must pause for prayer.

It doesn’t matter what the tragedy is, we often pause to pray.  Do we not?  Do you ever wonder why that is? I don’t mean to be snarky, but why do we stop after we screw something up and then ask an all powerful Lord to straighten it out?  I’m not suggesting we discount prayer.  […]

You’re too critical…

Would you take that as a compliment in today’s culture?  Probably not.  Remove the idea that the assertion of negativity stemming from today’s culture and ask the question again.  While it might be the same for some of you, it really shouldn’t be. To be critical is to be smart.  I can prove that statement […]

Colin Kaepernick, Identity Politics, and “Just Do It…”

I was hoping this nonsense would end, but no such luck. In fact, in full disclosure, the only way this stops is when we either tire of it due to shear volume or we become far more discerning as a culture and as Christians. I’m in questioning how likely either appear to be… By now […]

My friend called. I didn’t answer…

And I’ve never been more ashamed in my life. It had been a long day.  I’d been waging a war with a monster bureaucracy a good portion of the day.  It would take an entire day just to explain it all.  I hadn’t been allowed to take any sort of nourishment because I needed to […]

Hot Sauce as the catalyst for Christian behavior? Interesting…

Yup.  I’m circling back on some things from nearly a year ago.  …Which is good.  We need to reflect.  If I were truly Godly, when compelled to make a statement to what I experience, a true Christian response would be to bite my tongue, say a prayer, and ask the Lord to make it into […]

Today is the day…

I have friends getting married today.  Dear friends.  They stem from different back grounds with different environments in which they were raised.  One a long time believer, another born again more recently.  The way they found one another and the content of their caring is pretty inspiring. As much as I would love to write […]

Yummy Potato Salad

We all know the Apostle Paul wrote the letters to the Corinthians.  I was reading through 1st Corinthians and noticed Paul was correcting the church on many things.  MANY things.  In chapter 10, Paul was reminding the church in Corinth about the punishment, and harsh it was, the early Jews suffered for not obeying God.  There […]

A Grief Observed

I’ve been a reading a lot of C.S. Lewis in recent months.  I was drawn initially for the combination of literary complexity and the Christian apologetics.  I found myself staying mostly for the pain.  At least that seems to be the case now that I’ve read “A Grief Observed” several times back to back. Empathy […]

Abortion is as Holocaust does…

I had a person extol the virtues of abortion to me a short time ago while showing tremendous aberration towards the holocaust. I’ll admit freely I tricked them deliberately by asking them their opinion on the holocaust, since our initial discussion surrounded that of abortion.   When you think about it, they’re quite the same. […]

I type this with a Joyful heart… (Part 2 of 2)

I experienced something that I never assumed possible.  Troubles with a trusted brother.  You know.  The kind you read about or hear about, but also the kind you never expect to actually happen to you or around you.  That kind of trouble. Oh how wrong the person that mutters, “I never thought something like that […]

I type this with a heavy heart… (Part 1 of 2)

I was dealt a considerable blow today. Have you ever had something happen to you that was really hard to wrap your mind around?  As if each time the fog lifted on the matter, you could only catch a glimpse at something.  Upon each attempt your mind filed a snapshot of what you thought the […]

The “Love Dare” and my fall from Grace…

Yup…  You guessed it.  Here I was all high and mighty about my hard work on the Love Dare…  Yuppers, I’d undertaken and completed the whole ditty on time in 40 days, and the residual bliss stemming from the self-examination coupled with proper application had me chest bumping and high fiving myself.  Tons of faux […]

“God never gives you more than you can handle…” You sure about that?

How often do you hear that phrase or something similar?  I can’t walk ten feet without hearing somebody say it.  Let’s take this in context too by the way.  When a phrase like “God never gives you more than you can handle,” is uttered, it is almost always in the tone of consolement.  Consolation and […]

It’s not our job to toughen our children…

“It’s not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world.  It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.”  I ran across this in picture form the other day and it struck a chord with me.  I was tempted as many […]

Alfie Evans has ascended and what did we learn?

If you think about this there are some pretty serious ramifications at play here and we’re gingerly skipping past too many of them without a care in the world.  I’ve been studying Hippocrates diligently for a little over a year.  The man was just about as ethical as I can imagine.  He knew the rule […]

It takes a village to raise a child…

Where have I heard that before?  It became popular on a book cover and then used widely on a campaign trail not so long ago.  It’s a catchy little phrase and when used in the context our political class prefers, it simply means, “We all take part shaping youth.”  There are many other similar ways […]

Facts are facts… Face it.

Are they?  I had a really great discussion the other day with a delivery driver that came to my shop.  He noticed I was listening to some Christian Apologetic lectures in the back ground and apparently the FedEx guys aren’t busy like the UPS drivers I watch that literally run packages to the door.  My […]

Lent and the Love Dare – Part 4 of 4

  SPOILER…  I survived the Love Dare.  So did my wife.  So did our marriage.  At this time, we must pause our program for station identification and thank our show’s sponsors, The Love Dare, Kirk Cameron, Fireproof Movie, etc., etc., etc. Did I leave anyone out?  YES.  The Lord.  Man, what a great day it is […]