Bible

What Does a “Healthy” Church Look Like?

What Does a “Healthy” Church Look Like?

Many churches today cannot be considered healthy because they have too many unhealthy members for the church to be considered “well.” Just about any church you go to, there is a mix of healthy and unhealthy members. To what proportion the healthy and unhealthy members exist in a church, to a large extent determines the health […]

Thanksgiving is a Christian Holiday

Many practices and rituals which have become nearly routine, or profane, in the United States have very solid and deep roots in Christianity. Christmas, Easter and while not on the Christian Calendar, Thanksgiving have all been Christian observances that look back to the work of God in the world. However, we have seen over the […]

In Defense of Thanksgiving

In Defense of Thanksgiving

Within hours of getting up this Thanksgiving morning, I was faced with a Facebook post that instead of celebrating the work of God in our lives and all that He has blessed us with, it condemned Americans for the things we are thankful for today and nearly apologized to the millions who we have mistreated […]

The Sin of Patriotism?

The Sin of Patriotism?

It’s the 4th of July, Independence Day for the United States of America. Here in Korea (where I currently live), you wouldn’t know it from any other day (unless, of course, you’re on a U.S. military installation). But with the benefit of the Internet, there’s no escaping it…though personally I wouldn’t want to. I celebrate […]

Christian Pacifism or Convenient Pacifism?

Christian Pacifism or Convenient Pacifism?

To announce that you’re a Christian Pacifist is essentially saying that you love my enemies more than you love me.

From Wilderness to Happiness

From Wilderness to Happiness

For the Christian Church, the Gospel reading for this past Sunday, the first Sunday in Lent, was Mark 1:9-15. In it, we see Jesus being baptized by John in the Jordan River inaugurating Jesus’ public ministry. I find a few things which are fascinating about this story. First, as Jesus was coming out of the […]

Make Space for God During Lent

Make Space for God During Lent

This article was written by a chaplain-friend of mine here at Fort Leonard Wood for publication in the post newspaper. In it, he offers a great explanation of the Christian season of Lent and encouragement for us to take advantage of this opportunity to improve on our relationship to God. A Special “thank you!” to Chaplain Gonzalez for […]

A Boys Little Nickel

A Boys Little Nickel

Just as I was thinking the service at chapel this morning didn’t offer much beyond the normal fare (no commentary on the preacher!), I was walking down the hallway to make my way outside to my car when I noticed a young boy, no older than 7 or 8, slowly and suspiciously slithering down the […]

Spiritual Disciplines & John Wesley

Spiritual Disciplines & John Wesley

I’m not an expert on Spiritual Disciplines and have to admit that I don’t practice many of them for very long, though I have periods in my life when I go to some of them for spiritual growth, renewal or to get through difficult seasons of life. However, this is the second post in as many […]

A Quick Look at “Celebration of Discipline” by Richard J. Foster

A Quick Look at “Celebration of Discipline” by Richard J. Foster

I haven’t thought much about Celebration of Discipline for a number of years, though my library contains 4 copies of it. Mine were published in 1978 (1st edition), 1988 (Revised and Expanded), 1998 (20th Anniversary Edition), and 2002 (Deluxe Edition). I also have Richard J. Foster’s Study Guide for Celebration of Discipline. While I’ve never used the Study Guide for group study, the […]