Ruined By Hope

The photo above was taken by Kevin Carter. It won a Pulitzer Prize and was awarded Picture of the Year by The American Magazine. Disturbing, isn’t it? It depicts a Sudanese child on the brink of starvation and a vulture waiting for a meal. How…

The Truth About Truth

Proverbs 23:22 & 23 it reads, “Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old. Buy truth, and do not sell it, get wisdom and instruction and understanding.” When it comes to truth, we must always…

Why “Just Be Yourself” is Terrible Advice!

Somewhere in the deep, dark recesses of a closet in my home, there’s a high school yearbook. In that yearbook are little notes of encouragement that were written to me by my classmates. Virtually all of them convey the same message, just expressed in…

NO. MONEY IS NOT THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL!

How many times have you seen it on a church sign, or tattooed on someone’s body? Perhaps you’ve heard a preacher or a Bible class teacher say the words. MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL! The first time I heard someone say that…

I AM WHAT I DESPISE; THEREFORE, I MUST FORGIVE!

Do you ever watch action movies where, in the beginning of the film, the hero’s wife was killed by the bad guy, or his daughter was kidnapped (that’s pretty much every action movie plot, isn’t it?), and the rest of the movie you sit…

18-Inches

Have you noticed how much of our teaching in the church centers on facts? It’s our default setting. Inevitably, our Bible classes will turn into a history lesson or the recitation of facts. Preachers give their charts and their timelines. We place a high…

Being Good Isn’t Good Enough

Former mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, once stated in an interview that he has little doubt about what awaits him in eternity. Citing his work on gun control, obesity, and smoking cessation, Bloomberg said, “I am telling you if there is a…

Money is NOT the Root of All Evil

How many times have you seen it on a church sign, or tattooed on someone’s body? Perhaps you’ve heard a preacher or a Bible class teacher say the words. MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL! The first time I heard someone say that…

God is Watching You…And That’s A Good Thing!

I’ve never been a fan of the song “There’s An All-Seeing Eye Watching You.” I’m not one who believes that the song book is sacred and, therefore, we have to sing every song in it. I don’t believe the hymn book is Holy Spirit…

Watch Your Mouth

Karen Carpenter was an amazing vocalist who made up one-half of the popular singing duo, The Carpenters, along with her brother Richard. Sadly, Karen’s life was cut short as she died of heart failure at the age of thirty-two. Her death was later attributed…