Jesus and Santa Claus

When was the last time you waited up late for a man in a red and white outfit to come down your chimney bearing gifts? If you are like me, then it may have been a while. Most adults do not believe in Santa Claus. They know the truth about how the presents get under... Continue Reading →

Gongoosmos Complaining

Yesterday I wrote about the hardest command in the Bible. "Do everything without complaining or arguing." Today I want to make it a little easier to actually follow this command. I do that by shrinking the size of the command. The word 'complaining' here is not a generic word for complaining in the way we... Continue Reading →

The Bible’s Hardest Command

There are lots of commands in the Bible. Some of them are easy and others are considerably more difficult to follow. For example, there is a command not to boil a kid in its own mother's milk. This has never been a particular struggle for me. There is another command to not covet your neighbour's... Continue Reading →

In The Beginning

Are the events described in the ancient parts of the Bible relevant today? Let me show you what I mean, very quickly, with a simple question: If there is no Creator then are you inherently significant? The Bible begins, rather sublimely I feel, with these words: "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the... Continue Reading →

Do the words we sing matter?

People sing when they go to church. Maybe sometimes people skip the singing but it's pretty rare. The congregation gathers, someone says, "Hello" and then the music begins. Some people sing without instruments, some people sing only psalms, some people rap and others sing country music. Everyone sings something, though! Do our words matter? Why sing... Continue Reading →

Only the Living Fight

My youth pastor said something amazingly important to me years ago. He said, "Only the living fight." He and I had been talking about sin and temptation in my life. I struggled with lots of the problems young men struggle with. I still do, by the way. My worry about my sin was causing me... Continue Reading →

Prayer: More Is Better?

Does how much you pray matter? For years, I have believed, along with many other Christians, my prayers are important. God hears my prayers. God answers my prayers. God listens when I pray. God wants me to pray. Along the way, though, I think I have come to believe something not quite true. A Small Lie... Continue Reading →

What Was The Pastor Thinking?

Ever wonder what the pastor was thinking or looking at while he was preaching?  Last Sunday I preached form Matthew 28:18.  People enjoyed the sermon and a number of men and women came to thank me at the end. My notes would only take me five or eight minutes to read out loud.  The sermon... Continue Reading →

God Provides

The One who will be your Judge knows what it feels like to be you. He has been tempted in every way we have been tempted. He was betrayed. He was attacked. He was victimised. He loved and lost.  Now, He has all authority in Heaven and on Earth. Just let that sink in for... Continue Reading →

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