1. Dealing With Spin
    19 Jun, 2017
    Dealing With Spin
    The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.  Proverbs 18:17 I want to take a few minutes to talk about spin.   No, not that thing you do with people in a dim room with music blaring at the Y on a stationary bike.    I'm talking about how people present information with a particular point of view, bias, or slant. We usually think about spin when it comes to the news (think "liberal media" or "breitbart news"). But we all spin the facts on one level
  2. Grace and Truth
    17 Apr, 2017
    Grace and Truth
    And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 Yesterday in our Sunday school class, the topic of how to balance grace with truth came up.  If I remember correctly, it appeared all of us thought that it can be hard to be both gracious to people and truthful at the same time.  And I think I understand why. There is a tendency, among some of us at least, to think of truth as hard, cold facts
  3. Liar, Liar?
    05 Apr, 2017
    Liar, Liar?
    Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.  Colossians 3:9-10 Lying is much more prevalent among us than we'd like to think. People lie to keep out of trouble ("No, officer. I had no idea I was going 60 in a 35.") People lie to save face ("I've never said I like to eat peanut butter and sardine sandwiches! Where did you hear that?") People lie
  4. Do Not Bear False Witness
    07 Nov, 2016
    Do Not Bear False Witness
    You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.  Exodus 20:16 I've found myself feeling a little distressed lately. A major part of why I have felt distressed is due to the profusion of false information that is being touted as truth on the internet.  Political articles and posts seem to be the worst in this regard.   It appears that sometimes well-meaning people will readily believe and pass on falsehood if they want to believe something is true. This bothers me because God calls us
  5. God's Purity Versus Our Impurities
    12 Oct, 2016
    God's Purity Versus Our Impurities
    The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.  Psalm 12:6 Sometimes we have a problem with the water in our house.  During these times the water out of our faucet comes out yellow and is just plain gross.  There is no way that water is pure.  We can look at it and tell that the water is teeming with impurities.  It makes me shiver a bit even now just thinking about it. I'm convinced there is an analogical connection between that
  6. Can We Handle the Truth?
    18 Jul, 2016
    Can We Handle the Truth?
    Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God's elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness Titus 1:1 "You can't handle the truth!" That famous line was uttered by Jack Nicholson in the movie A Few Good Men, and it has been quoted and parodied numerous times over the last 20+ years. Truth can be tough to handle, for sure. This is especially true when it comes to the truth of God's Word.  That is why we are called to handle