Category Archives: Religion

June 13

The Problem with Transparent Pastors

Early on in my pastoral ministry, I went to a regular pastors’ gathering where we prayed for each other. After a couple of meetings, I realized the pastors didn’t really share any serious problems. It kind of annoyed me. One week, I shared that my wife and I needed prayer because we had been fighting […]

February 26

Trump, Kanye, Driscoll and the Brokenness that Remains

For 5 years I produced and hosted a daily Christian radio talk show in Seattle, Washington. During my 1,200 plus shows, I tried hard to treat people the way I would want to be treated or at least to speak about them as if they were real people, not just conversation fodder. To ensure that […]

December 10

Gordon Fee’s God’s Empowering Presence Changed Me

(This post was originally published at Jennifer Newhart’s blog on a series concerning The Books that Read Us) Gordon Fee’s God’s Empowering Presence is a nine hundred plus page, dense theological doorstop of a book. If I hadn’t been assigned to read it twice during my Masters of Divinity work, I would never have read […]

October 19

Stop Platforming Mega Church Pumpkins to Help Normal Sized Churches

Eventually there will be more church growth books and articles than people who actually attend churches. Until then, here’s one more. As a pastor, no one has to convince me to desire church growth. On the saintly reason front, I totally want to share the good news of the Gospel with anyone who has ears […]

September 15

Things to remember before I try to change the world

Things to remember before I try to change the world. God is not a Republican. He’s not a Democrat, a Libertarian or a member of the Green Party. God is neither far right nor far left. He is definitely not a moderate. God’s not even an American. God will not show me His papers. God […]

September 04

Without Kindness It’s Simply Not Biblical

I’d like to take a break from all the foolish talk and actually just focus on stuff the Bible talks about. So let’s talk about kindness. I have about 6 years of postgraduate theological education, but my theological background is not needed to figure out the Bible’s view of kindness. Just go to your favorite […]

August 31

The Problem with Female Pastors and How to Fix It

I believe both men and women are called to preach and teach the word of God. These are the last days, and in the last days God has poured out his Spirit on all flesh. Therefore, the sons and daughters of God will prophesy the good news of the Kingdom of God to all flesh […]