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America was founded on a desire for freedom. Our national holiday to commemorate this event is called Independence Day.

This particular Fourth of July feels very different. Most places will not celebrate with fireworks and the United States of America may be as divided as ever.

As many of us think of freedom and independence over this holiday, I’d like to remind us of the truest form of freedom.

It is very popular to express our freedoms and our rights. The right to free speech, the right to bear arms, and the right to vote.

Combine these Constitutional rights with our human propensity to be self centered and think of ourselves first. Very quickly, something as beautiful as freedom can show its dark side.

A quick glance at the headlines reveals of the fruits which stem from an over emphasis on freedom and independence.

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Meek is Not Weak

June 2, 2020

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth”

Matthew 5:5

This has been a rough week, a hard month, and a year that keeps throwing roundhouse rights.

I’ve been meditating on the Sermon on the Mount and the Beattitudes. The verse I’ve quoted is one which I feel is very timely for us as a church.

At face value, these words cause us to furrow our brow and wonder what Jesus was talking about. The word meek in English is one we are not familiar with.

In English, meek means enduring injury without resentment, deficient in spirit or courage, easily imposed upon, weak, submissive.

Not exactly a word which inspires us. Our definition of either masculinity or femininity would reject this picture.

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2018 Top Books Read!

November 22, 2018

It’s time for the annual list of the top books I have read in 2018. This has become a tradition on Thanksgiving/ Black Friday / Cyber Monday / and whatever they will call Tuesday and Wednesday in the future!

Without further ado….here are the top books I’ve read this year.

People to Be Loved: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just an Issue

People to Be Loved: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just an Issue

This is hands down the best book on this difficult issue. Preston Sprinkle covers the Biblical passages that do and don’t apply in a thorough yet readable style. The first two-thirds is a Biblical journey. The last third of the book is worth its weight in gold as he explores pastoral responses. A must read!

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness

We are living in the most connected time in history. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Skype, Facetime……

Why is it we have an epidemic of loneliness coupled with a lack of vulnerability?

Depression, anxiety and stress are at all time highs.

We are desperate to be known, yet terrified of being discovered.

We are able to create a public face to be anyone we want to be.

This face is merely a cover story, not reality.

Loneliness, Isolation and Self-Pity are our companions.

We are not alone in this…and not without some Biblical insight.

In 1 Kings 18, Elijah has the classic confrontation with the prophets of Baal. He challenges them to call down fire from heaven from their gods of wood and stone. When it is Elijah’s turn, he soaks his offering with barrels and barrels of precious water during a drought. God answers with fire from heaven, consuming the water and the sacrifice.

I think I have heard people encouraged to follow their heart more in the last few months than ever.

The message seems to come in many forms, some wrapped in Christian packaging.

At times the pursuit of our desires leads to something as harmless as a career change or a new hobby.

Other applications of it have ruined marriages and led to a slew of broken commitments and promises.

There are many Facebook quotes weaving this new-found “theology” with Christian lingo.

“Stop worrying about being good, be free.”
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“Trust yourself to set your own moral compass.” they say.

These quotes are shared and liked hundreds and thousands of times…by Christians!

This should scare us.

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Following your heart sounds nice but has several false foundations it is built on