Leadership

What It All Boils Down To

What It All Boils Down To

This evening after church my wife and I stopped by our local grocery store to pick up a few things we had run out of during our busy week. As we turned down the aisle toward the toilet paper, we nearly ran into another shopper who was making a choice at the end of the […]

On Monuments and Honor

On Monuments and Honor

I’ve been in the military for about 15 years now but have always been interested in history (except during high school when I failed my American History class!). Not long after I came into the Army as a chaplain, I began to wonder about Army posts like Fort Hood, Fort Hill, Fort Bragg and seven […]

Why This Racism?

Why This Racism?

Racism is sin. There’s no question about it, racism is destructive to a society and seeks to divide rather than unify. Racism is the antithesis to community. There is no place for it in a country that once boasted being a melting pot with immigrants from nearly every nation on earth. As the events in Charlottesville, […]

The Gift of Oddity

The Gift of Oddity

I invite you to open your heart and mind to what he has to say about our church (the Church of the Nazarene in particular), worship and the sacraments.

What Critics of the “Billy Graham Rule” Are Missing

What Critics of the “Billy Graham Rule” Are Missing

I remember as a young minister hearing about Billy Graham’s “rule” to avoid the appearance of impropriety by not being alone with a woman. I had heard that he would even excuse himself from an elevator, if it was only him and a member of the opposite sex. The explanation I heard was that he […]

And the Best Candidate is . . .

And the Best Candidate is . . .

Based on many of the Facebook posts that I see, it appears that many people are either choosing their candidates solely on the basis of their party or else because they despise the opposing candidate so much. Others have latched onto one issue and are choosing the candidate they’re going to vote for based on […]

We Don’t Need To Fight

We Don’t Need To Fight

I have said very little this election season unlike the last two presidential elections. Mainstream as well as social media have already been inundated with toxic posts that seem more like personal attacks than arguments about the issues. Comments on many of these posts are similarly nasty as supporters of the various candidates are attacked […]

To My Progressive Friends

Here’s a good “open letter” to “progressives” in the Church of the Nazarene, but applies to “progressive” Christians of any brand. It’s an honest but humble appeal. To My Progressive Friends A few days ago I received Rob Renfroe’s article “Three Requests of My Centrist Friends: An Open Letter.” Rev. Renfroe is the Pastor of […]

Political Defeat as an Opportunity

Political Defeat as an Opportunity

I think I’ve done pretty good not commenting on politics this election season (either original posts or on others’ posts) like I have in past presidential elections. But while I’ve been relatively silent, I’ve been amazed at the wide range of feelings I’ve seen in my FB feed from both sides of the political and […]

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.