When Ministry Feels Like Building Sandcastles As The Tide Comes In

There are times in ministry when it feels like nothing you are doing is working and all your efforts are for naught. When you spend a hundred hours with a married couple only to see the marriage dissolve. When you listen, pray and cry with a member in depression only to learn they have committed suicide. When you pour yourself into a disciple only to … Continue reading When Ministry Feels Like Building Sandcastles As The Tide Comes In

Why The Ireland Referendum on Abortion Is Not A Step Forward

Last week, a landslide referendum in Ireland legalized abortion in that country in the first twelve weeks of a pregnancy. This referendum, being hailed as a step forward in the progress of that country, is anything but. Before I proceed, I want to acknowledge that this is a painful and personal subject for many. I have walked with women in my church through the emotions … Continue reading Why The Ireland Referendum on Abortion Is Not A Step Forward

A Biblical View of the Embassy Move to Jerusalem

As I scanned my Facebook feed this morning, I noticed a barrage of posts hailing Donald Trump’s decision to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. They weren’t hailing it for political reasons, but Biblical ones. The Jews, they argue, are God’s chosen people and God has earthly promises for them alone as a separate plan of redemption from His plan for Christians. This … Continue reading A Biblical View of the Embassy Move to Jerusalem

Christmas And The Canon: Can We Trust The Stories We Read?

Every Christmas season there is an increase in the number of people who ask me about Jesus and the Bible. This is partly because Christmas brings a non-church going crowd into church, and it is partly because hurts, stresses and anxieties have a way of increasing in this season. One of the most common questions I am asked goes something like this: “Can we really … Continue reading Christmas And The Canon: Can We Trust The Stories We Read?