12 Gifts of ChristX – Confident hope

Oh, the frenzy on the Ellen show this time of year. I’ll bet tickets for her 12 Days of Giveaways 2020 are already sold out. You snag one of those and not only… Continue reading

12 Gifts of ChristX – Knowledge of God

I recently watched Carrie Underwood’s performance of “How Great Thou Art” from the “ACM Girls Night Out: Superstar Women of Country” concert, which aired on April 22, 2011. Accompanied by Vince Gill, this… Continue reading

12 Gifts of ChristX – Forgiveness

You’ve heard the stories. A young person is murdered and, incredibly, the parents declare that they forgive their child’s killer. In some cases, like this one here, they even go out of their… Continue reading

12 Gifts of ChristX – The Holy Spirit

I am still in awe of the fact that by simply tapping a small, wireless, handheld device we can talk to someone hundreds, or even thousands of miles away, reaching them in seconds.… Continue reading

12 Gifts of ChristX – Freedom

Many who have not experienced it will balk at the idea that in Christ we have freedom. Like the Jews challenged by Jesus they would say, “We…have never been enslaved to anyone. How… Continue reading

12 Gifts of ChristX – Belonging

Curse you, Madison Avenue. Your perfect little family Christmas…you know, with all the smiles and hugs, the busy kitchen and cozy fireplace, the beautiful and bountiful presents under the tree and sons and… Continue reading

12 Gifts of ChristX – Peace

If I were to ask you to say the first thing that comes to mind when I say “peace,” it’s unlikely you would respond with “Jerusalem.” Unless it was Opposite Day. The Middle… Continue reading

12 Gifts of ChristX

  On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, A partridge in a pear tree. On the second day of Christmas…blah, blah, blah A partridge in a pear tree?… Continue reading

Judging Joel – Part 3

(Concluding my reassessment of Joel Osteen and his ministry. Please see here for Part 1 and here for Part 2.) Context is king (but Jesus is King) Back to Kanye then, which is… Continue reading

Judging Joel – Part 2

(Continuing with my reassessment of Joel Osteen and his ministry. Please see yesterday’s post for Part 1.) Jesus did say that In Matthew 21:22 Jesus says, “whatever you ask in prayer, you will… Continue reading

Judging Joel

I went to church in Houston the other day, and got convicted. At Joel Osteen’s massive Lakewood Church, of all places. Hear me while I testify. I’ve been really excited about what God… Continue reading

Say No to Santa

Thanksgiving Day 2019 is history. I am now okay with Christmas carols, Christmas commercials, and Christmas specials. But I will never be okay with the jolly secular symbol of Christmas himself, Kris Kringle.… Continue reading

To know the uncharacteristic we must know the character

As a Cleveland Browns fan, I was so disappointed to see their recent victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers marred by Browns defensive end Myles Garrett’s helmet-to-head infraction. The first time in five years… Continue reading

We owe God this day

A national day set aside for remembering is becoming the almost forgotten holiday. But I guess when you’re over 240 years old dementia is bound to set in. The Christmas season now starts… Continue reading

Rethinking the Rapture, Part 2

I’m continuing today my argument that we should reject as unbiblical a popular doctrine among evangelicals known as the Rapture. Click here if you missed Part 1. I used to ascribe to it… Continue reading