“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” To say that Nathanael’s snap response to Philip dripped with sarcasm is an understatement. Hear the word again, “NAAZ-a-reth?!” Underneath the printed words of John 1:46, I hear, “Are you kidding me? That Podunk town? Come on, man.” But Philip wasn’t joking. He Read more…
What is PTSD? Why does this matter for me as a youth minister? What are it’s implications for both civilian and military youth ministry? Brian gives great teaching and guidance on these issues and why this topic is crucial for youth pastors today.
Moses found himself in a bind. The people he led out of Egypt were complaining…again.
This time they were craving meat!
As I imagine the scene, Moses’ own sultry question shatters the commotion:
“How on earth am I supposed to provide meat when we’re stranded in this $#&([email protected] desert?” (paraphrase of Num 11:13-14).
The people were so angry they threatened to oust God’s point man (11:15b).
Yet God’s response is incredible. He promises not just to provide a meal but enough meat for a month. In fact, they will be given so much meat that it will come out of their nostrils (11:19-20)!
Moses is incredulous. He can’t believe what he hears. “Would there be enough meat if whole flocks and herds and all the fish of the sea were cut up and put on a buffet line?”
To which God gives the famous answer:
“Is the Lord’s arm too short? You will now see whether or not what I say will come true for you” (11:23).
“Is the Lord’s arm too short?”
That question has dogged me for much of 2014.
As the year opened, we were staring down a double-barrel shotgun of two seemingly impossible goals:(more…)
Here it is in quick free-write fashion:
The developing and escalating situation in Ukraine ought to be cause for concern for every one of us.
Crimea exposes the very real geo-political power vacuum caused by President Obama’s lack of leadership and respect in the world scene.(more…)
And since 1974 he’s been helping other climbers achieve their climbing goals as owner and manager of Himalayan Experience Ltd. Needless to say, fewer people in the world have more expertise on the mountain than Russell.
Yet this is what he says of Mt. Everest: (more…)
This is the second of two posts on the topic of homosexuality. The first post introduced the issue. This post outlines the proper Christian response to gay individuals.
The $10 million dollar question: “How should Christians respond to gay individuals in a way that honors both them and biblical truth so that we can earn the right to be heard?
It’s a tricky question for most Christians as tire-blowing and axel-breaking potholes litter the road surface. The main reason the topic of homosexuality has become a roadblock is because the controversy forces the Christian community to wed right beliefs (orthodoxy) with right practices (orthopraxy). (more…)
Fewer topics are more divisive within Christian communities than homosexuality. It is a volatile issue, splitting and dividing denominations and those who comprise them. Most church leaders would just as soon ignore the issue than take it head-on. Those that do, however, tend to fall into two camps.
On the extreme right, there are folks like Fred Phelps who broadcast the message, “God hates fags.” (It’s painful to even write those words.)
On the opposite side of the spectrum, denominations like the Episcopal Church USA proudly ordain openly gay men like Gene Robinson. (more…)
The summer of 1999 was a special season for me. I got to fulfill a childhood dream of working and living on a farm. (Many thanks to Lee and Barb Miller of Barlee Farms!)
On one particular afternoon, I found myself in an 8640 John Deere 4×4 tractor pulling a 42’ wide field cultivator in a field that was 80 acres.
It is hard to describe the kind of pull that that field cultivator put on the tractor when I dropped those iron teeth into the black Iowa soil.(more…)
The year was 1954. Dr. Jandali, professor at the University of Wisconsin, and student Joanne Schieble found themselves in a tough predicament. The two had been having extra “tutoring” sessions outside of class when Joanne and her professor realized the unthinkable: they were pregnant!
Joanne’s parents strongly objected to the relationship. So from the beginning things were not off to a good start. And now a baby!?(more…)