What We Read in 2015

Maybe you love to read. Maybe you hate to read. Maybe you make time to read. Maybe you try to find every excuse possible to avoid reading. Maybe you start a book and not pick up another book until that one is finished. Maybe you start 15-20 books and only finish half…………..maybe. 🙂

child-readingHowever you slice it, reading is a part of life. For Christians, it is our life because God has given us a book to read: the Bible. So, Christian, you are a reader whether you like it or love it.

Thankfully, God has also given many good teachers who are also writers and that is where this blog post comes from.… Continue reading

Christmas Book Recommendations

For the last 25 years, a few weeks before Christmas I begin to get questions from friends, relatives, and parishioners asking for my opinion on Christmas gifts for the pastor or seminary student in their lives, especially as it relates to books. Since I’m a professional librarian and have trained pastors, I apparently seem like a good person to ask.

With slight variations they run something like this, “I want to do something special and I’m think about getting them [fill in with this or that large set of books], do you think they’ll like that?”

These good folks are always well intentioned, but most of the time they know next to nothing about either the books or authors or even the subject matter.… Continue reading

The Original Christmas Light

One of the first major hurdles that my wife and I had came at our first Christmas. We colored treehad nothing christmasy. We get our tree and she goes to the store to get lights and such to decorate. She comes home with all white lights. Of course I ask, “where are the colored lights??” I mean, is it really Christmas without colored lights? After a volley back and forth, I yielded my colored light position, though obviously lights were meant to be
colored. This is one of those question that belongs in premarital counseling.

The first Christmas of course was accompanied by a spectacular light but this light had nothing to do with lighting a tree in the living room.… Continue reading

The Christian and the Gun

colt_pythonOne of the things I have come to realize in my first few years of pastoral ministry, is that unexpected questions of all kinds come, and often as a pastor my job is not to provide an answer so much as provide a road-map to help the questioner come to a biblical answer for themselves. Lately, I think because of events that have recently been in the news, I have been hearing a question I never anticipated, “Pastor should I, as a Christian, get/carry a gun?”

Now before I get into the nitty gritty, in the interest of full disclosure, let me give you a little bit of personal background.… Continue reading

PS23 Discussion: Evangelizing Family

PS23, joined with two guest, Eric Dodson and Nate Pickowizc, gather to discuss the nuances of evangelizing family. You can watch / listen to the full video. But you can also scroll down and follow specific quesitons in the video.

Full Video

How do we evangelize our family? What main principles do we need to consider? Here.

How do we evangelize unbelieving spouses? Here.

What hills do we need to die on when dealing with family members? Here.

How do you deal with difficult family members? Here.

How do we evangelize our children and other children?… Continue reading