Santa Claus Is Cooler Than You Think

It isn’t often that I am captivated by the “Author’s Note” of a book, but Trent Sheppard’s Jesus Journey: Shattering the Stained Glass Superhero and Discovering the Humanity of God has changed that. And it has given me a fresh vision of who Santa Claus really was, and he is so much cooler than I ever thought. Continue reading “Santa Claus Is Cooler Than You Think”

5 NT Passages Your Pastor Has (Probably) Never Preached On, But I Will – James 2:26

(Christian Today posted an article about 5 Scriptures that most pastors won’t tackle from the pulpit. I decided that see if I could. This is number 2 of the 5 Scritpures from their article, which you can read here.)

There are some passages that are routinely passed over in favour of those Scriptures, but we want to change that. If “All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in all righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16)” then there shouldn’t be any Scripture that isn’t covered from the pulpit. And that includes James 2:26.

So, let’s talk about it. Continue reading “5 NT Passages Your Pastor Has (Probably) Never Preached On, But I Will – James 2:26”

5 NT Passages Your Pastor Has (Probably) Never Preached On, But I Will – Matthew 1:1-17

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(Christian Today posted an article about 5 Scriptures that most pastors won’t tackle from the pulpit. I decided that see if I could. This is number 1 of the 5 Scritpures from their article, which you can read here.)

There are some passages that are routinely passed over in favour of those Scriptures, but we want to change that. If “All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in all righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16)” then there shouldn’t be any Scripture that isn’t covered from the pulpit.¬†And that includes Matthew 1:1-17.

So, let’s talk about it. Continue reading “5 NT Passages Your Pastor Has (Probably) Never Preached On, But I Will – Matthew 1:1-17”

How Should Christians Protest?

Courtesy of Pepsi

Pepsi isn’t my taste. And their latest ad featuring Kendall Jenner was clearly not too the taste or appetite of most people. I don’t think I’ve heard or seen one positive thing about this latest campaign.

And while we could talk about how Kendall clearly doesn’t know how to hold a pop can, what I want to talk about is what Pepsi and Ms. Jenner thought that they could co-opt and re-purpose: the protest.

Religion and politics have a very dark and mixed history. There were times the two were mixed, in bed together, serving each other’s purposes. There were times that they couldn’t have been more separate. I’m not speaking of just North American churches, but churches across the world. Politics and religion are oil and water.

But does that mean that Christians shouldn’t get involved in politics? Should we not let the governing bodies know what we think, what we want done? Or, like in the Pepsi/Jenner commercial, should we protest? And if the answer is yes, how should Christians protest?

Continue reading “How Should Christians Protest?”

Believing in Jesus Costs Us Something

I keep finding myself wanting to be outside of the church. Why?
Because I feel like that is where Jesus is. Or where Jesus would be if He was here.

Let me explain. Continue reading “Believing in Jesus Costs Us Something”

You Asked ‘Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?’ Because You Have Poor Theology

It’s a question as old as time.

“WHY DO BAD THINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE?”

For as long as humanity has record their own history, people have been writing stories and commentaries about this question. Look at the book of Job. A book that is dated to be older than the first five books of the Bible is all about answering the question,”Why do bad things happen to good people?”

Still, we keep asking. We keep looking for a satisfying answer.

I am not against questions. I am not against searching for answers that satisfy. But this question is fundamentally flawed. This is not a question that Christians should be asking.

Continue reading “You Asked ‘Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?’ Because You Have Poor Theology”

Why I Review Kids’ Books

It was early in my Bible school training, maybe my second or third year. I was assigned a verse to use as the focus of an in-class bible study.

The verse was Deuteronomy 6:4-5, the Shema.

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”

It was eye opening to actually dig into what this verse meant, how it is considered the pillar, the centrepiece of Judaism. I knew it was the Greatest Commandment (or part of) according to Jesus, but never understood how much power and authority was packed into this verse.

I had a great in-class bible study, but then someone asked about the verse immediately following it. Continue reading “Why I Review Kids’ Books”