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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 […]