1. Look at What's Inside
    23 Apr, 2018
    Look at What's Inside
    Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people's bones and all uncleanness.  So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.  Matthew 23:27 -28 In my sermon yesterday, I mentioned something that raised some eyebrows . . . and I want to take this opportunity to explain what I said a little further. I mentioned a comment of a pastor
  2. Life in the Truth
    10 Apr, 2018
    Life in the Truth
    The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all who know the truth, because of the truth that abides in us and will be with us forever:  Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father's Son, in truth and love.  I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father.  2 John 1-4 Go back and read the passage above again. I know you're probably
  3. God is True Even if Everyone Else is a Liar
    27 Mar, 2018
    God is True Even if Everyone Else is a Liar
    What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God?  By no means! Let God be true though every one were a liar, as it is written, "That you may be justified in your words, and prevail when you are judged."  Romans 3:3-4 One of the more frustrating things about being a pastor is being aware of how much untruth there is in our fallen world. Everywhere I turn there seem to be out and out lies, half-truths, exaggerations, loose statements, misinformation, and
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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