Please Don’t Join My Church

I care about you, but trust me - you won't ever be happy there

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When I first started pastoring, I wanted everyone to come to my church. By the way, I use the term “my church” to refer to where I happen to be the pastor, not that I own the church. Amazingly, there are churches which are dominated by a pastor. But no man should truly “own” a […]

Don’t be so openminded…

Photography by Glenn Christopher

Photography by Glenn Christopher

Open mindedness is overrated…

When you find Truth, you are wise to defend it and oppose anything that opposes it.

We live in an age where we’re supposed to accept every person’s individual “truth” is of equal value. But surely not everyone can be correct…

Truth by nature is exclusive. If one thing is true, its opposite cannot also be true. So Truth naturally opposes lies the way light opposes darkness.

Nurture truth the way you would nurture a candle while walking near a precipice in the dark. It is your guide and is all that stands between you and destruction…

Your Worst Addiction is You

Just because the line is long doesn't mean it leads to anything of value

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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 […]

Happiness is Your Choice. Period.

Your happiness depends on how you respond to life's pain

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There’s a man on our street who I know is watching our house, every single day. And even worse, he is constantly leering at our children. Anywhere else this occurred, you’d call the cops on him. But in Florida, you elect him to the Neighborhood Association. Maybe it’s because we have teenagers. Anytime my kids […]

Why You Really Won’t Be Boycotting Target

Boycotts never last, but there's something else that always does...

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The superstore Target recently announced a new policy concerning its public restrooms, which states that people will be allowed to use the restroom of whichever sex with which they “identify”. Despite their biological, people can decide which sex they prefer to be. I, for one, see exciting new implications in this policy for me personally. […]

God’s Purpose in Your Pain

Ironically, we rest in the embrace of the same arms that deliver daily doses of cruelty

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It’s after midnight on Sunday evening. Everyone in my neighborhood’s most likely in bed. But me? I’m walking the path around the man-made lake in our subdivision in pitch darkness. Hopefully, everyone else is asleep, because I’m spitting and cussing at God. What’s wrong? Enough that I’m wondering why God thinks I would still be […]

Not Too Late to Live

Most of us miss the glory of God blazing all around us

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There’s a scene toward the end of Thornton Wilder’s OUR TOWN that takes place in a graveyard.  Emily, a recently-deceased young mother, looks back longingly on her earthly existence. After trying to go back and relive just an ordinary day from her past, Emily finally pulls away in despair when she sees how oblivious everyone else […]

Devil’s in the Details

Do you believe in Evil?

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When I served as a jail chaplain years ago, I often received requests for specific books from inmates. Mostly they were books on overcoming discouragement or self-improvement books you’d imagine an inmate would need in their position. That’s why a request for scholarly level theological books caught my attention. I was even more surprised when […]

Who Really Deserves To Go To Heaven?

It's God's home, and only "family" is welcomed

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Neighbors are a mixed bag. They can be wonderful, or they can be a continual source of irritation. Right now, there’s an angry old guy across the street with a perfectly manicured lawn who lies in wait for my teenagers to accidentally break one of a myriad of neighborhood rules. When they inevitably do, he […]

After Easter

It's what you do after Easter that really counts

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Today is the Tuesday after Easter. Did you go to church like most everyone else? I did, and boy am I paying for it! I preached a barnstormer of a sermon on Sunday – like most every pastor in the world, I gave it everything I had. In fact, I may have given it a […]