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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 […]

Why Attend Church?

I attend a small church in a medium-sized town. We have two services, a contemporary service with more modern music and a traditional service with the standard hymns. Isn’t funny how we categorize our services based solely on the music that is played? Lisa and I attend the contemporary service. I actually love the hymns […]

More Christian Than Christians

Recently someone made a comment that I’ve heard a lot over the years and in fact I used to say as well. We were talking about Christianity and the person remarked that such-n-such an act was “more Christian than Christians.” I completely get the sentiment but there is no such thing as a non-Christian being […]