Tag: God

Review: The Mystery of Suffering and the Meaning of God

As a pastor, it is probably one of the most received questions that I hear, “Why to bad things happen to good people?” This age old question is known as theodicy. Laytner goes to the depths of this theology through his own personal experiences….

The Gospel of Inclusion by Brandan Robertson, Book Review

There are many books available on the market that explore what it means to be part of the LGBT+ community in the Church of Christ. Those that are opposed to full LGBT+ inclusion often use scripture to make their point known for all that…

I Don’t Know

June 16, 2019 John 16:12-15 “I don’t know!” This sentence alone can be interpreted in many ways. For a teacher asking a student the answer to a math or science question, it shows that the student does not comprehend or simply failed to do…

The Spirit Abides!

June 9, 2018 John 14:8-17, 25-27 There is an anxiousness that often times will creep up within me when I find myself in a place that is unfamiliar. Perhaps, you know exactly what I am talking about. It is that feeling when you feel…

Cultivating Change

March 24, 2019 Luke 13:1-9 Once upon a time a psychology professor walked around on a stage while teaching stress management principles to an auditorium filled with students.  As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the typical “glass half…

Entering Lent

March 10, 2019 Lent 1 Luke 4:1-13 The first spring following my families move to Richmond brought grandiose plans of a wonderful thriving garden in the backyard of the parsonage. Vern came over and tilled the ground for us and by the time he…

Book Review: Shameless by Nadia Bolz-Weber

In her latest book, Nadia Bolz-Weber, opens up a topic that many in the church attempt to stay clear from. While the entire basis of our life on earth is contingent upon our ability to have sex, it has often times been a taboo…

Review: Your God is Too Glorious by Chad Bird

With thanks to Englewood Review of Books for the opportunity to review this title Does the notion of God being too glorious make you shudder? Surely, it is not possible for God to be too glorious. It is God that has created the world…

Welcome to Your Deserted Place!

In February of 2005 I went off to a deserted place. It was a locale that many people would have dreamed about going to and wished that someday they may be able to make the trip. However, for me it was a deserted place…

God’s Grace is Sufficient

This past week was my first visit to Houston. It is an incredibly large town and yet while we were at the NRG Park Complex, it seemed very secluded from the rest of the city as our food choices were limited to food trucks…