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When you assume…

This week, I had an experience that made me laugh. I was online discussing an important subject—one which is regularly in the news. A person who responded made a hilarious assumption about me; since this subject has political ramifications, the assumption was about my political leaning. You see, I have had people on both the …

The Pope Said What?

                Headlines lately read different versions of “Pope said some things.” There is a reason I say it this way. Over the years, I have often discussed things the Pope (three different popes) has said. I remember debating an issue with one person; he said, “OK. But even the Pope has said…” to support his …

Sharing False Witness

“[C]rying out, ‘Men of Israel, help! This is the man who is teaching everyone everywhere against the people and the law and this place. Moreover, he even brought Greeks into the temple and has defiled this holy place.’ For they had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian with him in the city, and they supposed that …

As sure as Death and Taxes

We are all familiar with Ben Franklin’s statement that nothing is as certain as death and taxes. And while it was said a bit tongue in cheek (at least about the taxes) we understand its truth. It is not even questioned. But in the church, we regularly see something else that is just as sure …

The Power of Interpretation

Recently I preached a message which inspired some confusion and several questions. It can be difficult, at times, to make sure everything meant in a message is understood. What I was saying is the Bible, as a book, is simply unable to answer plainly every question faced in an entire human life. Part of my …

Friends before Facebook

Think back about how many fights you have seen on social media. If your experience is anything like mine, you have probably lost scores of friends over various issues. Today I was reminded how easily this could happen when a Facebook “discussion” started with an old friend—we’ve been friends for 15 years, not just on …

Reigning in Social Media

Social media has produced some unusual fruit over the last few years. How many of us see a post, do a quick assessment, decide whether we agree, then share it or comment—all in a matter of seconds? It’s incredible how many don’t read the whole post before reacting or read the article linked before sharing. …