Showing posts from June, 2008

Father's Day, Tattoos, and Comparative Parenting

When it comes to church culture there is a twisted irony in the patriarchal and matriarchal holidays. On Mother’s Day the worship video and sermon centers on the awesomeness of every woman who is currently living, has lived, or will ever live. Mother’s Day carries with it a strong message to every man in the room, “You should thank God for women and mothers. You are useless without them.” Father’s Day is not much different. Father’s Day comes with a nice pair of shorts, a cool shirt your wife thinks is slimming on you and then it’s off to church for your annual beating. I am a pastor. I know the rules. On Mother’s Day you beat the men into greater appreciation for the ladies in their life. On Father’s Day you beat the men, again, and the ladies appreciate it. In the words of Patsy Cline, “After all he’s just a man. This Father’s Day I was on vacation so I would not be dishing out the patriarchal lashing, I would have the rare privilege of actually going to church as just another helple

Work 40, Eat 3, Sleep 8

Work 40, Eat 3, Sleep 8 My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:1-5 · Receive my words · Treasure my commandments · Make your ear attentive · Incline your heart · Call out for insight · Raise your voice · Seek it · Search for it Knowing God is not for the man who wants only to live – work 40, eat 3, sleep 8, fit in. Our souls were designed with the capacity to stretch for a lifetime. God has designed life to be a metamorphosis. Each day we can become deeper and different. We are not merely bodies. The mind is not just a brain. Living is not the ability to breathe in succession. We

Ehrman and Wright on the Problem of Evil

Tomorrow (6/8/08) I will be preaching a message entitled “The Edge of Evil” as a part of a series on The Book of Esther called “ The Endgame. ” In the Book of Esther there are no miracles, no dreams or visions, no one prays, and most striking of all is that there is no mention of God; yet this is a book canonized in the Biblical Scriptures – a book we believe is inspired by God and is basically the story of God redeeming the world. Biblical Christians believe God knows what is happening in our world and that He is intimately involved in it. But if God is involved in the world, why is there so much evil within it? You could ask the question like this – if God is the author of the world – why is the story going like this? These are great questions with no easy answers. I dealt with this problem in a sermon on Easter morning entitled “Does God exist, know why, or even care?” That sermon was basically an apologetic that showed that just because evil exists we cannot rule out the e