Panic is, and always has been the enemy of wisdom. Don’t tell me the person hyperventilating is the one making the best decisions based on the available facts… When we panic our eyesight narrows and we see only what’s in front of us (toilet paper in Costco) and we lose our peripheral perspective. Perspective would tell us that we didn’t use more than we did … Continue reading Panic!
We all think we know how but we don’t. And practice doesn’t make perfect if you’re practicing the wrong thing, it only makes permanent. I’ve spent a couple of decades working with my father, and lived in his home for a couple of decades before that. I know him. In the whole world I would say I only come in second to understanding how he … Continue reading How Do I Pray?
How’s your relationship with keeping the rules? Rules in general? You’ll probably have one of two natural bents: 1. You just want to know the rules so you can keep them or 2. You like to break the rules a little. You can imagine which of these I fall into. Ironically most people think that a pastor should want to keep the rules but I … Continue reading House Rules. Choice..
At the outset, this blog will probably severely disappoint the nerds. Don’t get me wrong, I love nerds. I’m just not one. I’m a huge Star Wars fan and I liked the recent Star Trek movies but have no desire to watch old episodes from different series of the TV show (unless I’m in a campy mood or need some cheap laughs). The main question … Continue reading Science VS Religion
Have you ever said “How can a loving God _______?” This blog might help you… Neela runs into the church the other day at 8:30 am and asks for a “root beer float?” My response was “You’re not at grandpa’s house anymore baby!” Consequence is the cost of Choice and Choice requires a measure of Maturity. But in North America we treat Choice like it’s … Continue reading Choice
In view of the recent World Cup in Brazil and also the Fast Five from Rio… I thought I’d blog about relationships:) …But this is how we do things in North America! Sometimes I think Common has taken Sense out behind the barn and shot him. Common to me are the everyday ridiculous lowest-common-denominator practitioners who think they’re absolutely right about relationships when none … Continue reading This is Brazil!
Me: “Relax! What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Katie: “We could all die!!!” What do you do when disaster strikes? When the ship goes down? When he walks away? When she betrays you? When that phone call comes? Most of the time I talk about the areas of our lives we should be controlling. You reap what you sow… Make better decisions… you … Continue reading Let Go and Let God
Don’t we all envy whole hearted people? I mean people who can somehow walk into a situation where they know that doing the right thing or standing up for a cause means taking a beating for it? They walk in with a rueful smile and out with one and do the same thing the next day too. These are people I want in my corner. … Continue reading The Whole Hearted. Shame on You!
Baptism. We just had a baptism party at Venue Church. It was an amazing and somewhat emotional time as we looked back to where our baptismees were when they first were introduced to Jesus and our community of faith, to where they are now. There was cheering and whistling and yelling and crying. I remember very clearly thinking to myself “THIS was worth the last … Continue reading Going Public