Author Archives: heavydeepreal

Caesar vs. God

It seems as if I haven’t blogged in forever! I really haven’t! During this COVID-19 event I have been using Facebook live to keep my regular preaching schedule so instead of blogging I’ve been doing videos at least five times a month! It’s been great fun actually but there’s been something on my mind for […]

A Christian’s Response to Coronavirus

Remarkably, the Bible uses the term “Fear Not” 365 times – coincidence? I think not!! As Christians, we are taught over and over again to live by faith not by fear. But what exactly does that mean and how do we apply it to the latest crisis in our world? First off, and this is […]

Truth Without Love is Abuse

Yesterday I wrote about how love without truth is cruel. Today I’m going to take on the opposite side of that coin. Truth Without Love is Abuse. I grew up in an environment where my father was never accountable for anything he did. The cost of his unaccountability was abuse, neglect, homelessness, food insecurity, foster […]

Love Without Truth is Cruel

My dad was a con man. Growing up – at least when he was not in jail – my dad taught me how to lie through his example. My dad was a consummate liar – he’d lie about big things and he’d lie about small things. He really never could tell the truth about much. […]

True Christian Love

It seems like forever since I penned a blog. Honestly, not much has inspired me to write lately. I don’t know if that’s out of discouragement regarding what’s been going on in our world or just pure apathy. However, a thought has been rolling around my pea brain for a number of years that I […]

Did Jesus Really not Address the Gay Issue?

A Facebook friend of mine posted a meme this morning of former President Jimmy Carter that said the following: “Homosexuality was well-known in the ancient world, well before Christ was born, and Jesus never said a word about homosexuality. In all his teachings about multiple things – he never said gay people should be condemned.” […]

Christians and Politics

So, I teach Political Science part time at Corban University, a small Christian university here in Salem, OR. One of the key questions we ask our student is this: Should Christians be involved in politics? For some, the answer is a resounding, YES! For others, they point out that Jesus never actually took a political […]

Mental Health

I was preaching last night and somehow got on the subject of mental health. I’m just as surprised at what comes out of my mouth as everyone else! I was making the point that counseling is great, and that medication is great but it’s a two-legged stool that will always fall if you don’t add […]

Shootings

Like most Americans, I have been thinking about the recent mass shootings in Gilroy, CA; El Paso, TX; and Dayton, OH. As I listen to the reports and politicians point the finger at each other, I have been struck that nobody really gets what’s going on here even in the Christian community. Let me state […]

Someone Ought to Do Something!

Have you ever been watching the news or reading social media and thought, “Someone ought to do something about that!” If you’re like me, it happens often because there is so much out there that ought to be fix! This may surprise you, but from God’s perspective you are the one who is supposed to […]