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Thoughts on Presidents, Scripture, Law, and Immigration

The confession of a former political hack. According to Definitions.com

“A political hack is a negative term ascribed to a person who is part of the political party apparatus, but whose intentions are more aligned with victory than personal conviction.”

Political policy is genuinely interesting because it is how people legislate morality. All laws are ultimately moral legislation. It is hard to resist being a political hack because there is more to life than winning a political battle but we humans love winning even if it is pyrrhic victory. As a pastor to families and children I have a passion for seeing those two groups taken care of more than seeing my political team “win”. Continue Reading →

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9/11 remembered

I look forward to the day when 9/11 is a memory of a world that was once at war. Key term “once was.” I can still picture watching the second tower collapse after rushing to my dorm to find out what happened after the first tower crashed. No one in my apartment knew as they were playing a video game on our shared TV. We flipped it on and watched the second tower be hit and eventually crash. We all knew that our nation was at war. We just did not know with whom.
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In need of a miracle?

Are you in need of a miracle?

mir·a·cle

noun \ˈmir-i-kəl\

: an unusual or wonderful event that is believed to be caused by the power of God

: a very amazing or unusual event, thing, or achievement

Full Definition of MIRACLE

1 an extraordinary event manifesting divine intervention in human affairs
2 an extremely outstanding or unusual event, thing, or accomplishment

 

G.K. Chesterton, a great Christian author, once said “the most incredible thing about miracles is that they happen.”

How do they happen though? How do I experience a miracle?

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Just as I am? Part 2

Grace becomes cheap for some because even though they were once Beloved (read Part 1) they have chosen if they realize it or not to treat God’s offer of love and grace as cheap. So does everyone that loves other people or things more than God.

Some would argue that if God wants us to change then why does God leave us with selfish desires without a way out?

Who says God does? Continue Reading →

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Just as I am? Part 1

What do you think of when you hear someone say? “God loves me just as I am.” Confession for me it is somewhere between shouting YES, like a high school student being given keys to their first car, and wanting to throw up, like after eating tainted chow mein, when I hear that phrase. Why? Because it means at least two entirely different things depending on who says it.

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What I hate about being a pastor

I have pastored in some way for much of the last decade of my life. I have been a youth pastor, a church planter, and children and families pastor. I love many, many, many things about pastoring. I love God. I love serving God. I love serving God’s people. I love the study of God’s word. I love serving God’s people through hopefully teaching them to think about God more, especially those that do not think they are worthy of being God’s people. I love the rhythm of a weekly time of worship and service.

I love pastoring. Seeing people connect with God and his story is amazing.

YET (that conjunction you use when you want to qualify something.)

What I hate about being a pastor is people see you and your family without seeing you and your family. Continue Reading →