"About noon the next day, while they were on their way and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. He became hungry and wanted to eat, but while they were preparing the meal, a trance came over him..." (Acts 10:9-10). Peter, as if in a dream: "Man I'm hungry. I wish … Continue reading Peter and Bacon: A Humorous Take on Acts 10
"But to Hannah he gave a double portion, because he loved her, though the Lord had closed her womb. And her rival used to provoke her grievously to irritate her, because the Lord had closed her womb. So it went on year by year. As often as she went up to the house of the … Continue reading Perspectives on God and Pain (Pt 1)
ET was a movie made in 1982 by Steven Spielberg about an alien, (E.T., The Extra-Terrestrial), who crash landed on earth, made friends with a boy named Elliot, scared Drew Barrymore, ate Reese's Pieces, phoned home, rode on a flying bike, and then got on his spaceship and went home. It's really much better than the description … Continue reading You Are E.T.
A light switch. They turn on lights. (Thank you Captain Obvious!) In some avenue of my brain I used to think faith in God was like a light switch. You simply quoted a verse or truth about God and then moved on with your life, newly refreshed and built up in your faith. If you're … Continue reading Faith is a Fight
Today's blog is interactive. In order to read you'll have to follow instructions. If you play along you may or may not win a bag of Doritos. So here's the interactive instruction: Go look in the mirror. What do you see? In my case I see the image of a 35 year old man who needs … Continue reading The Mirror Shows an Amazing Image
Imagine you're watching the news one night and the headline story is "Crazy Religious Man Shows Up Downtown." The TV presents images of a man covered in ragged clothing who looks like he hasn't washed, shaved, or visited the local Great Clips in quite a while. What's worse is he's standing on top of a park bench … Continue reading A Crazy Man Baptizes Jesus. Hmmm…(Matthew 3:1-12)
I wonder a lot. I wonder if and when I will ever get a job which is fulfilling. I wonder how I’ll make ends meet. I wonder at unanswered prayer, brokenness, and why God allows evil men to have success and good people to suffer. I also wonder why God invented roaches and Brussels sprouts, … Continue reading Did Wonderful Men Wonder Too?
Have you ever heard the phrase, "beating a dead horse"? Question: Why would you want to beat a dead horse? If it's already dead, then why beat it? Well that's kind of the point. To beat a dead horse means you repeatedly address a topic or subject long after your point has been made. So … Continue reading Matthew Beats a Dead Horse. God is Pleased.
A while back I talked about Matthew and how we really don't need his gospel, (sort of). The bottom line is Matthew wrote his gospel with a purpose and a people in mind. He was writing to the Jews, (the people), to help them see that Jesus was the promised Messiah, (the purpose). This helps us … Continue reading Matthew is a Boring Writer…Yes, I Said it.