Note – I originally wrote this last Monday, but due to technical problems, was unable to post until today. While as of now deaths linked to the Corona virus have climbed to 12 they are far outstripped by the increase in the death toll of the flu.
Unless you have been living
under a rock for the past few weeks you have heard about the Corona virus
(COVID-19) outbreak. And if you have watched the news at all you’ve been told
how serious it is, and that you should be very, very worried about it. (But
don’t panic!) To put it bluntly what is being
preached through nearly every media outlet is a profoundly unchristian
response to the Corona outbreak, we as believers must respond biblically.… Continue reading
One of the, if not strange, then unique things about ministry as the preaching pastor of a church is the perspective I get on the congregation. I’m not speaking metaphorically, I’m not talking about having a special insight, I mean actual perspective. I don’t sit looking at the back of the heads of my church family, I stand in the pulpit and look in their faces.
And I’ve seen some interesting things. I’ve seen a visitor’s face change the precise instant they were offended by the gospel. I’ve seen tears of conviction roll down the face of someone I think of as very godly and advanced in their sanctification.… Continue reading
I have a confession to make, a
couple of weeks ago I really didn’t want to got to church. I hadn’t slept well
Saturday night, and when I did fall asleep (after reading for a couple of hours
in the middle of the night) I had an unsettling dream, not the kind that is
frightening, but the kind that causes you to wake up angry and agitated ( I
dreamt my dog was dognapped, and I was out for justice Liam Neeson style). The
weather was changing and every old injury in my body (I’ve broken both ankles,
and most of my fingers; had a major hip reconstruction, including osteoplasty;
had a major shoulder injury including multiple broken bones from a deck
collapse; I played a contact sport, often on artificial turf, at a serious
level and skied 30+ days a year into my late 30s and have all of the attendant
aches a pain that go with that) ached. … Continue reading
One 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
The binding of a fellow Christian’s
conscience is strange business. For the purposes of this discussion I’ll define
the binding of conscience this way: to tell a fellow believer that their
conviction or practice in an area of adiaphora (something that is neither
prohibited or mandated by Scripture) is wrong and that they must change their
conviction and practice in order to be right.
It seems like a no brianer,
right? Well it is a no brainer, for one
simple reason. Scripture says not to.
Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother…The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God.
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