1. 3 Sides to Every Story - Yours, Mine, and the Truth
    06 Feb, 2018
    3 Sides to Every Story - Yours, Mine, and the Truth
    Then Pilate said to him, "So you are a king?" Jesus answered, "You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world-- to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice."  Pilate said to him, "What is truth?" After he had said this, he went back outside to the Jews and told them, "I find no guilt in him."  John 18:37-38 Back in my college days, the band Extreme released their album III Sides to Every Story.  The
  2. Pillar and Foundation of the Truth
    26 Jan, 2018
    Pillar and Foundation of the Truth
    I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth.  1 Timothy 3:14-15 I remember being puzzled the first time I read Paul's description of the church as “the pillar and foundation of the truth.”   I was confused by the imagery, but then I realized that a pillar upholds something.  So does a foundation.  And that which Paul
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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