Does a Christian have a responsibility to vote in local and national elections?
I believe we do. While no passage addresses this question specifically, several point us in that direction. Jesus said we are to be salt and light, and like cities set on hills (Matthew 5:13-16). This means our lives are to have an obvious impact for good. Our vote, especially collectively, has great potential to impact our world for good when we elect those who will... read all »
Temptation Is Not A Sin
Sounds funny... but temptation is not a sin. Sometimes we forget that.  God allows us to be tempted (1 Cor. 10:13) ...but He doesn't cause nor allow us to sin.  Jesus was tempted more than once... in the wilderness, at the cross, and a 'better time', Luke 4:13..."And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season."  So wh... read all »
Driving Through History
Traffic.  Driving in Oklahoma City you can see a never-ending hoard of vehicles going in every direction and at all hours……. and OKC’s traffic is small potatoes compared to that of many other cities all over the world. Does it make you wonder how much gasoline and oil is being consumed as you read this?  The logistics stagger the mind. ... read all »
Every Man's Work
Paul wrote to the church in Corinth telling them to stop dividing over mere men.  His point was that no matter who plants the gospel or who waters it, it is God who gives the increase (1st Corinthians 3:1-17). God provided the gospel as seed.  God commits the spreading of that seed to mere men and women, but he is the only one who can make it grow in the he... read all »
We usually think of someone else being gifted; someone smarter, faster, more talented or capable than ourselves. But you are gifted.  You have something to offer the world.  It is your gift, and the more you “give it away”, the more you enjoy it yourself.  Our gifts come so easily to us that we tend to downplay their value.  We think “if it... read all »
Nike in the News
Jesus had fasted for forty days and nights.  Can you even attempt to imagine how hungry he must have been?  Satan tempted him to command stones to become bread so that he could satisfy his hunger (Matthew 4:1-11).  Jesus could have easily done so.  I also believe it is perfectly reasonable to assume that Jesus wanted to turn the... read all »
Social Justice
The definition of social justice offered by Wikipedia is as follows: “Social justice is a concept of fair and just relations between the individual and society. This is measured by the explicit and tacit terms for the distribution of wealth, opportunities for personal activity, and social privileges.” Sounds good, right?  Sounds Christian, right? ... read all »
You remember the horrible story from just over two years ago.  A little boy was killed by an alligator at Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida. I suppose the last thing on anyone’s mind, as this family was enjoying themselves in the water, was that a fearsome predator, lurking unseen, would rise up in a violent attack from the depths and forever ch... read all »
Why Am I A Christian?
First, I believe the creation itself and our ability to make sense of it makes it abundantly clear that a mindful creator is the cause of our existence. Second, I believe that the internal evidence for the Bible testifies to its authenticity as the word of our creator given to mankind. About 40 writers working in perfect harmony over 1500 yearsAbundant accurately fu... read all »
Why is it so hard to do right?
You are a being of both flesh (your body) and spirit and one is constantly at odds with the other.  Each of us is a walking, talking dichotomy. Your spirit aspires to do what is right, but your flesh demands that its appetites be satisfied.  Your soul?  Your soul is the part of you that wills which one wins. Your body is made of the... read all »