Tag Archives: Turn the other cheek

Race in America – Fighting the Wrong Fight

Driving back to Salem from Portland the other day I had an interesting thought pop into my head. “We’re fighting the wrong fight.” Like most middle-aged white guys, I don’t really like talking about race in America. It’s not that I don’t have lots of thoughts on the subject – I do. But in this […]

Bearing Good Fruit

Jesus talked funny. Whether he was telling stories, sharing wisdom via parables, or using simile, metaphor, or allegory, Jesus said things in ways that may be difficult with which to connect for today’s readers. Yet, we know that his approach really resonated with the people of His time. I think that’s why sometimes church language […]

Don’t Fall for It

I was reading a blog the other day and the writer was talking about the level of discourse in our nation today. His conclusion was that we don’t really have a divide over politics, rather we have a much more serious problem. The writer said that Americans have gotten to a place where they just […]

Christians: Stop Taking Offense

Let me start today by asking you a question: Is it okay for Christians to be offended? This is a little trickier question than it seems on the surface. On the one hand, we’d say, “Sure, we can have righteous indignation or holy discontent about a lot of things!” On the other hand, however, when […]

Being a Romans 12 Christian

I started teaching Romans 12 last night in our Wednesday Night Bible Study class. I’m using a 10-part series by Chip Ingram that is just outstanding. I love Romans 12 and I wanted to take a couple of minutes today to just focus on the first two verses today that could literally change your life! […]

Regardless of Performance

Lisa and I were lucky enough to be asked to do two workshops last weekend at the Cannon Beach Christian Center for the Branches of Valor Spring Conference. Branches of Valor is a group dedicated to helping active duty service member, veterans, and their families recover from the trauma of war, deployment, and reintegration. One […]

Holy Discontent

We just completed a study called Weird by Craig Groeschel in our adult Sunday school. I really enjoy Groeschel’s stuff – he’s honest and to the point. Weird was a six-part series challenging Christians to live a life that most people would consider weird. As Christians we are to love our enemies, pray for those […]