“Dear Crazy Christian…”

Be prepared - like most good medicine, this will taste a little bitter going down.

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Happy Mardi Gras, everybody! It’s February, it’s that special Tuesday, and it’s time to celebrate! I know, it’s not what you expect from a pastor. But at our house, we love Mardi Gras. My wife grew up in a suburb right outside of NOLA, so every Fat Tuesday I get fatter. Tonight, we’ll have jambalaya […]

Atheists for Breakfast

Nothing like a theological arguments before coffee

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Monday’s a rough day for pastors. The term “Monday morning quarterbacking” applies not only to football games but sermons as well. This morning was especially rough since we had a Super Bowl party at our house last night and now I’ve woken up with a terrific headache. …and NO, it’s not a hangover! It was […]

Playing Bumper Cars at Publix

Just because the line is long doesn't mean the samples are worth it

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I live in a town where people come to die. My home is in a medium-sized city in SW Florida that most people don’t know much about. But lots of people come here to retire. Some of those folks are wealthy, like Judge Judy and Sean Hannity who’ve both got places here. Others are less […]

Yeah, I’m the Fat Guy on the Bike

Gradual changes are frustrating, but they're the ones that last

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Well, it’s a pleasantly cool February morning here in SW Florida. I’ve just ridden my beloved bike quite a few miles to my favorite downtown Starbucks, where I set up my office for the day. Why do I do my office work at Starbucks? Three reasons, actually. My church rents space in a school, but […]

Attacking the Costco Sample Lady

If that's all you've got to do, you need a life...quick!

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I’ve always wanted to talk to those people who serve the free samples at Costco. Sometimes I hide behind the roasted peanuts to watch them from a distance. Even from afar I can see the terror in their eyes, as crowds wait to pounce on them. Seriously, you’d think a shipment of rice had just […]

“Dear Angry Atheist…”

Believe it or not, you may be the one living in a fantasyland

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Dear Angry Atheist, I’ve been meaning to write to you for quite a while now. I’ve heard your feelings about my beliefs quite clearly – from your Facebook posts, your arguments in person, and your comments on some of my own articles and blogs. I realize that not all atheists are angry, but the level […]

Giving Up on Being Good

Most people's idea of "goodness" is just a bunch of hot air

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Ever try to blow up a raft? Unless you’ve got one of those electric “blow dryer thingies”, you are in for a world of hurt. I remember sitting in the sand, ready to pass out while my preschool daughter jumped up and down, yelling “Daddy, hurry up!” Not what I consider family fun. But then […]

Please Don’t Visit My Church

If you're where God wants you, stay there. Shopping around causes damage

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I love meeting new people, really I do!  And there’s nothing more exciting to a pastor than a fresh face walking through the front door of his church on Sunday morning. However… There are several reasons you actually should avoid the urge to drop by my church for a visit. Believe it or not, it […]

How I Know He Lives

While skeptics demand proof, the faithful rest in confident expectation

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Growing up in a southern Baptist church, every Easter there were two hymns you had to sing…or you probably weren’t really Baptist. One was “Low in the Grave He Lay”. Most people don’t remember it by that title, but by the bouncy chorus that interrupts the sad, mournful verse. After lamenting the crucified Jesus, suddenly […]