Church…or no?

I recently saw this meme come through my Facebook feed. Perhaps you’ve seen it, too. This kind of attitude is something I find quite disturbing. I’ve seen many statistics speaking about how church attendance in America is dwindling, particularly in my age group and younger. There are a variety of reasons given for this trend. The reason with which I am most familiar is a lack of continuity when it comes to biblical authority. Claiming the Bible to be the infallible Word of God and then contradicting it when it comes to Genesis and the origins of the universe is an inconsistency that is readily seen, though the creation account is not the sole province of finding fault with Scripture. Anytime someone says that what the Bible says isn’t quite the way things happen, they are undermining the authority of Scripture and giving a reason to walk away from the faith. … Keep reading!

The Lord Is My Shepherd

If you’ve read through the backlog of blog posts or know me personally, you know that I’ve struggled with lower back problems since December 2011. I’ve been incapacitated from a herniated disc between my L4 and L5 vertebrae to the point that I missed 4-5 weeks of work on two separate occasions, 3-4 consecutive days a couple of other times, and have dealt with chronic pain for at least a couple of years. I’d seen some marked improvement this summer, but am now about 5 weeks into a period of mild-to-moderate inconvenience where I’ve managed to get through an entire shift at work and then been more or less physically worthless the rest of the evening. It’s frustrating, to say the least. Lately I’ve been reading about Jesus as the Good Shepherd. I read Robert Wolgemuth’s Like The Shepherd, which calls husbands to shepherd their wives. It was solid enough, though … Keep reading!

The Ice Bucket Challenge

Sometimes I feel like I am about nothing more than beating a dead horse. Of course, if the horse was dead, maybe I would not have to beat it in the first place. At any rate, this is not going to make me any more popular than my previous post. Popping up all over Facebook and other Internet sources lately is the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness/funds for ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) research. To read a great post on this issue, (which I will hopefully not overly duplicate in the rambling below) click HERE. The author recommends another society that deals with a variety of neurological diseases, and I have not yet been able to look into this organization to say if I could or could not support them. And please, do not misunderstand me: ALS is a terrible disease, and I have … Keep reading!

To be burned at the stake…

This is one of those posts that is going to get me in trouble, assuming anyone bothers to read it (sometimes it’s nice to be virtually unknown). But with the way things are going in our country, I thought I would add my two-cents’ worth. I read this article today: Government to Farmers: Host Same-Sex Wedding or Pay a $13,000 Fine. We’re going to see more and more of this taking place. Why? Because the world hates God and anyone who takes a stand on His Word. Are you a Christian? Then you had better be prepared to give an answer as to what you believe and to endure the onslaught of fury you will bring down upon yourself if your answer comes out of Scripture. I will come right out and admit it. I agree with the Bible when it says that homosexuality is a sin. Maybe that offends you. … Keep reading!

Ingredients for Success…

Title: Ingredients for Success: 10 Best Practices for Business & Life Author: Joseph James Slawek Publisher: Kickstand Books, September, 2013 Pages: 119 Language: English From the back cover: What ingredients do you need to succeed in business and in life? Award-winning entrepreneur Joseph James Slawek shares 10 best practices for business leaders, which he draws from the teachings of Jesus. You’ll learn what the Bible has to say about business and how to: Know, Develop, and Use Your Unique Abilities. Use Your Talents Responsibly or You’ll Lose Them. Invest Your Talents Faithfully for Maximum Return. Aim for Excellence, Not Perfection. Review: This book is a fairly quick read, and honestly didn’t surprise me with the information it contains. The 10 practices as applied to business life are things that anyone involved in business should already know, even if they don’t apply them. However, this book should serve as a reminder … Keep reading!

Not an idle commitment…

Monday night, I started reading the book God’s Smuggler before going to bed. I got three chapters into it before turning out the lights around 1:30 AM. Then I lay in bed unable to sleep and finally trekked downstairs at 2:30 AM, book in hand. I read through the 17th chapter before returning to bed at 5 AM, where I lay awake praying for probably another half-hour. When I woke up Tuesday morning, after about 4 hours of sleep, I finished the last four chapters. The book, in all, is 240 pages and reads very quickly. I had never heard of Brother Andrew, the author and subject of the story, before opening this book. Born in Holland, he spent the first 20-odd years of his life running from God. He eventually answered the call on his heart and began an incredible journey of faith and service. Sure that God had called … Keep reading!

True Love Dates

Title: True Love Dates Author: Debra Fileta Publisher: Zondervan; Original edition 10/1/13 Pages: 224 Language: English Summary (from the back cover): When it comes to dating, the church has provided little in the way of practical application. Instead of sound advice, Christian singles are bombarded with books that shun dating, exalt courting, fixate on spirituality, and in the end offer little real relationship help. But in spite of all this, Debra Fileta encourages singles not to “kiss dating goodbye” and instead to experience a season of dating as a way to find real love. Through powerful, real-life stories–including the author’s personal journey–and insights from Fileta’s experience as a professional counselor, you will discover that it is possible to develop healthy romantic relationships through dating. Review: I wasn’t raised in so conservative a home as to be discouraged from dating. However, I did read I Kissed Dating Goodbye while in high school … Keep reading!

Words and their usage…

I’ve seen this question come up in several forms in several arenas for Christian authors: “Is it okay if I use curse words in my story?” Hopefully I won’t stray into legalism with this post, so bear with me as I make a humble attempt at addressing the issue. Keep in mind the punchline, however. I’m going to say that no, cursing shouldn’t be a part of a Christian’s repository, be they author or otherwise. To paraphrase something I’ve heard many times, “Swearing is a feeble attempt by a weak mind to make a strong point.” My mind jumps immediately to Philippians 4:8 on this subject. John MacArthur has some great things to say about this verse in his commentary. Thinking on whatever is true means reading, analyzing, and meditating on the Word of God. Believers are to think on whatever is honorable, whatever is noble, dignified, and worthy of respect. Semnos (honorable) … Keep reading!