How to be Filled wit...

This past Sunday I urged my congregation to be “filled with the Holy Spirit.” Since then I have been having several follow up conversations about what that exactly looks like.           This post is, therefore, an accompaniment to my message last weekend (10/12/14) and is intended to give...

Unity or Uniformity?

I was recently challenged with a question from a friend about what is more crucial for us in the church…doctrinal purity or relational unity? Specifically, is it more important that we all remain together or that we agree on everything? I’m honestly conflicted about this and have spent much...

Knowing God’s ...

Frederick Buechner once wrote that your calling is found “where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” As a pastor, I have found that one of the most common questions people ask is, “What is God’s will for my life?” And, more specifically, they wonder what God’s will is for...

Our Miracle Story

Let me tell you a crazy story about our life that will hopefully encourage you to keep on keeping on. It’s about our home. It begins last spring when I decided to finally put on the “senior pastor hat” at Bethany Bible Church. After three years of ministry at BBC, we felt that it was time to...

The Miracle of Resurrection May05

The Miracle of Resur...

Easter Sunday 2014 The Miracle of Resurrection [ 38:25 ] Play Now | Play in Popup |...

When Faith & Science Collide Apr27

When Faith & Sc...

This is a lecture I gave at the recent “Reasonable Faith in an Uncertain World” Conference in Phoenix, AZ. I talk about the relationship between theology and science and how they are allies and not enemies. Listen in to hear exactly how. When Faith & Science Collide [...

Science and Intelligent Design Apr24

Science and Intellig...

The Philosopher David Hume once wrote that “The whole frame of nature bespeaks an intelligent author; and no rational enquirer can, after serious reflection, suspend his belief a moment with regard to the primary principles of genuine theism and religion.” Even Hume, who was himself no friend...

Why is Good Friday G...

Anne Lamott, in her book Bird by Bird, tells the story of a young girl and her older brother. The little girl was dying of leukemia and desperately needed a blood transfusion. After testing each member of her family, the doctors determined that her brother’s blood was the best match for her....

What about Exorcisms? Mar31

What about Exorcisms...

We’ve all seen the movies about exorcisms. Hollywood churns out new ones that fascinate, terrorize, and entertain us. But, how can we separate fact from fiction? What does the Bible really say about demon possession? In this podcast, I’ll be talking about the devil and demons and...

Do Miracles Still Happen? Mar31

Do Miracles Still Ha...

Do you believe that miracles still happen? Jesus performed many miracles during his earthly ministry, but people often wonder if He still does them in the world today. Perhaps you do too. In this podcast, I’ll be talking about this theology of mirales and answering this question. Do...

Do You Believe in Mi...

            The theologian Karl Rahner was once asked if he believed in miracles. He replied, “I live on miracles—I couldn’t make it through a day without them.”             Miracles are fascinating things. They can be overt and obvious events like the parting of a deep sea, the igniting of a...

The Devil IS Real

There is a quote that was originally penned by the French Poet Charles Baudelaire in 1864 but was made famous in the movie Usual Suspects: “The devil’s best trick is to persuade you that he doesn’t exist.” I’ve been thinking a lot about this quote recently, and how true it is. It may be...

In the Dust of SB1062 Feb27

In the Dust of SB106...

The dust is settling now that Governor Brewer has quieted the national furor by vetoing SB1062. The captivating and anguishing drama is finally over. It’s been a long week. I’m tired, and honestly I’m disheartened. But, I’m not discouraged by the outcome. I really didn’t have a dog in this...

Are You Congruent?

Mahatma Gandhi, who had looked closely at Christianity when he lived and studied in London, once remarked that if only Christians would live according to their belief in the teachings of Jesus, “We would all become Christians.” Gandhi was lamenting a lot of “incongruency” in the Christians he...