For every disaster or disease or crime or pestilence, there's a sermon given by an earnest pastor who goes on and on and on about God's faithfulness and His power and His love and His protection - while smoothly skipping over the fact that plenty of people were not protected, and did indeed suffer.
Summary: How fast do you drive? Do you do the speed limit? A little above? A little below (God forbid)? I used to speed boldly, around 10-15 miles above the speed limit because there are no cops on this road, so who cares? Then I got pulled over. Then I got pulled over again. I … Continue reading You Have Been Sentenced To Death (Leviticus 20)
Summary: I went to this Seventh-Day Adventist youth conference once. It was like seven years ago. The conference was called iServe, and that was really supposed to be the point of it - service. On one of the days of the conference, all the young people loaded up onto huge charter buses and went out … Continue reading People Are Dying (Exodus 11)
Summary: Where do you see yourself in five years? What about ten? Or forty? The only reason we ask these kinds of questions is to get the chance to paint a wildly different picture of our lives. We imagine a life with more of the things we want and less of the problems we hate. … Continue reading Fight Or Surrender? (Exodus 1)
Summary: NOTICE: If you are a friend or family member of mine, or really just anyone who I regularly see in person, then you can be almost certain that you will have my forgiveness if you ever need it. I just can't hold a grudge against people. There are people who have made me extremely … Continue reading The Logic Of Forgiveness (Genesis 50)
Summary: You know what looks like a tough job? Disciplining a child. If you punish them for doing something wrong, they get mad and throw a fit. If you ask them to apologize, they either refuse or do it grudgingly, and you can tell that they aren't sorry. Sometimes you accidentally punish them when they … Continue reading What Goes Around, Comes Around (Genesis 49)
Summary: Is there anything more exciting than a new start? When the new year begins we all make resolutions. When a new semester begins at school, we buy new planners and carefully put our schedules together. It's so fun to imagine the new and improved versions of ourselves, but a lot of times our improvements … Continue reading The Faith To Question (Genesis 18)