Chris Broussard and the Response to Homosexuality

Those who avidly follow professional sports have recently been inundated with the headlines dealing with athletes and homosexuality. Top WNBA draftee Britney Griner (http://es.pn/12sM2In) and Washington Wizards center Jason Collins (http://es.pn/15UzgpB) are the first examples of how sexual orientation is now becoming a hot topic amongst sports reporters.

Interestingly, those who accept homosexuality and “coming-out” as badges of heroism are being lauded for their tolerance and acceptance. Those who share different values are labeled as being bigoted, small minded, or hateful. Take a listen to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, who shares a little bit of his opinion on the subject, speaking from the Christian perspective: Read more…



The Boston Marathon Terror Attack

Yesterday at approximately noon PST, two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. At the time I write this, three people have been confirmed dead, including an 8 year old child, and over 180 were hurt as a result of the blast. Our prayers are for all of those affected.

As with Newtown, CT, there are always be questions as to how something like this could happen. Why are people filled with such hate? Why are people so intent on hurting others at all costs? Why didn’t God prevent this tragedy from happening?

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Quick hits: My 5 favorite things from Nehemiah 1-6

#1- Nehemiah didn’t need the heavens to open up to find his purpose. He heard the problem, prayed and fasted, then set out to be the solution to the problem (Nehemiah 1:3-4). We should also be a solution in our churches and in the lives of others!

#2- Nehemiah wasn’t afraid to ask for help from a non-Jew. There are many people who do not assist the church who would offer help if asked. We need to be able to put our religion aside and welcome all people with the end result to be the glory of God. (Nehemiah 2:7-8)

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My 6 month blogging experiment

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” – Colossians 3:17

I started my blogging experiment about six months ago with the goal of finding my voice through the written word. In the past 10 years as a pastor, I’ve preached hundreds of messages but had never really attempted to put those thoughts into words. As I’m finding out now, it’s a much more difficult endeavor than I had first imagined!

Here are some quick thoughts that I’ve discovered from my experience:

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Contextualize the Message

“For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man…” -Acts 17:23-24

Contextualization is the art of being able to take a foreign concept and make it relatable to an audience. It is an effective tool for all those who wish to communicate concepts that are of importance.

As seen by the events of Acts 17, Paul was an expert at being able to contextualize the Good News for an audience of Greeks who were highly educated, yet lacked wisdom in spiritual affairs. He observed that the Greeks had an altar dedicated to an “unknown god,” with which Paul was able to translate the spiritual message of Jesus through a means that was familiar to them. As Paul, we must proclaim the Gospel to all persons in all strata of society.

From the story of Paul, we can decipher three areas which will help you be able to effectively relate the Gospel message:

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