Legion

I sat across from a man who slit his family's throats, and wondered if I'd get a glimpse of evil staring back at me

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I originally wrote this article a couple of years ago, but did not include the name of the inmate because he was still at trial. Finally last week, a judge pronounced sentence against Mesac Damas as punishment for the murder of his wife and children. Since those legal proceedings are over, I’m including […]

Unreasonable Jesus

It's about time someone gave Jesus a reality check...

The problem with Jesus is He’s just so doggone unreasonable. One of the basics of my faith as a Protestant Christian is Solus Christus – that salvation is available to us only through the atonement (payment for our sins) of Christ and no other vehicle. While this doctrine didn’t get the attention the Reformers’ cries of […]

Help! I’m on the pastor search committee!

I’ll never forget the day when after a nearly 9-month interview process, after answering the world’s longest questionnaire, after having the specter of a possible move over my head while trying to go on at my church like nothing’s happening, I got word I would not be called as the new pastor of First Baptist, […]

“You Might Just Be a Zombie” Quiz

Today, I’m throwing a BS flag on some people. Interpret that however you like. But I can tell you, it doesn’t stand for “Bible Study”, “Baloney Sandwiches” or “Barbra Streisand”. …though I do enjoy me some Barbra. Some folks think they’re activists, really affecting change. They say they’re “speaking truth to power”, and my favorite, […]

I’m unfollowing you on Facebook, bless your heart

This is going to be tough, but I think I should break it to you honestly… I’m unfollowing you on Facebook, bless your heart. Author’s Note: “bless your heart” is a secret code pastors often use. You see, we’re supposed to be nice. So, hypothetically of course, let’s suppose we thought someone was acting like […]

Dear Pastor, Please Don’t Suck

Seriously, you've had all week to get this right

By this week, it had been three Sundays since I closed my church. We worked hard for 5 years, but never could seem to bring in enough to sustain it. It was time to move on, so I released my people to look for a new church home. Since then, I’ve been attending local churches […]

The Day My Church Died

It's Easter and "He is not here". No, really...

NOTE: I wrote this article on Easter Sunday, 2017. I’ve waited until now to publish it. I remember driving past an ugly little country church one Easter. The sign out front said simply “He is not here”. From some churches I’ve been in, I knew that sign was probably a great example of truth-in-advertising… Well, […]

A Theology of Music

Why do I believe in God? Let me sing it to you...

I’m a pastor, but some of my best friends are atheists. Seriously, that’s not a punch line. Jonathan is one of my favorite people (and since he’s a real friend, I’m not using his real name). We’ve worked together in the past and had a lot of laughs. He’s a very kind person and a […]

On Second Thought…

So just over three months after we left Florida, Hurricane Irma hit our old town of Naples dead on. And they say in comedy “timing’s everything”. Add hurricanes to that too, I guess. I watched on tv this week as my favorite street in downtown Naples got pummeled. Fifth Avenue had been where I’d hang […]