Why Did I Get Baptized?

Why Did I Get Baptized?

Why did I get baptized? Last Sunday evening, there I was, standing up in front of the church, waiting to share my testimony and get baptized.  This wouldn’t be such an unusual circumstance in evangelical circles except that I am on the pastoral staff and have been for...
Divine Healing

Divine Healing

“I am the Lord who heals you” (Exodus 15:26b) Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases (Psalm 103:2-3) I stood beside the bed of a young mother in hospice care.  Her brain tumor was inoperable...
Gay Marriage: A Pastoral Response

Gay Marriage: A Pastoral Response

In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states, there has been a firestorm of Facebook posts and blogs. My goal is not to debate the ruling. Instead, I want to briefly describe the decline of Christian moral values in America during...
The Disposable Church

The Disposable Church

Transient American Culture When I was a kid, pop came in glass bottles which could be returned to the store for a nickel, and lighters were refilled with lighter fluid.  I remember when disposable plastic pop bottles and disposable “bic” lighters were introduced.  It...