Indignant

We often think, as Christians we should not get angry or indignant. But Jesus was indignant. He was indignant because people were being cheated in the temple. He was indignant when the priests cared more about the Sabbath than setting people free. He was indignant when His disciples could not heal a young boy. I pray that the church that meets in America’s heart would break for that which breaks...

Me vs. Me

I’m in a battle this morning. It’s an epic battle. Who will win? My battle this morning is NOT against Satan; he is a defeated foe. My battle is not against another person. My battle is against me. My flesh vs. My Spirit. Today is the first official day of returning to school and my flesh is in an uproar. My flesh says, “Why can’t I just work from home?...

Love Like Jesus

He was a tax collector, not just any tax collector but the chief tax collector! He was a Cheater. A Thief. A Betrayer of his people. He was Selfish. Greedy. Rich. He was considered a chief sinner by his people. He was Rejected. Scorned. Despised. Avoided. Disliked. But as Jesus walked through the crowds of Jericho that day, Jesus invited Himself over to stay with this despised, unwanted, betrayer of...

How are you Known?

It was my birthday eve. My boys and I had a lovely meal and watched a cute movie. All was well until I made the mistake of reading a Facebook posts. I am learning to scroll past most of the craziness but every now and then, I can’t. This was one of those times. Despite my temptation, I didn’t respond to the sharer of the article. I took my anger...

Christian Beatitudes for Social Media

Blessed are those who are poor in understanding but seek to understand before they post. Blessed are those who can humbly admit they are not an expert on every topic. Blessed are those who just roll their eyes, keep strolling, and pray for their friend who posted an unsubstantiated fact. Blessed are those when people dislike you and exclude you because you refuse to take a side and only quote...

Light in the Darkness

I teach in a Public High School by choice. I’m sure, if I applied I could get a position at a Christian School but I choose to teach Pre-Christians. I love it! I don’t stand in front of my class an announce, “I’m a Christian!” But somehow they figure it out. Because I teach both Calculus AB and Calculus BC (Calculus I and II), 2nd semester, I have a mixture...

A Different Spirit

When I watch images of police officers using excessive force… Woman calling the police on African American males… White men detaining an African American delivery man… Southerners shooting a young black male for entering a house under construction.. What I see, what I hear, is a world with the inability to see God in each individual person. This is not a new phenomenal. It is as old as biblical days....

Play Nice

In these times when we are so polarized by politics, a pandemic, and social issues, we would do well to remember the words of Woody to Sid in Toy Story, “Play Nice!” How do we do that? Instructions for “Playing Nicely” given by the Apostle Paul: Genuinely love others (even people with whom you disagree.) Hate what is wrong (even if someone in your political party does it.) Serve the...

You Are the Church

I had a great conversation with a friend who co-pastors a small church in Holly Springs. We were dreaming about what the church should look like. Yesterday after speaking with another friend, I started dreaming about what the perfect church body would look like for me. Here is my list: 1. I want a church body that is diverse – from the leadership to the members. I want a church...

Respond with Grace

It has happened again. Another Christian leader involved in a scandal. (A collective sigh fills the Body of Christ.) I’m sure many Christians want to bury their head in the sand in embarrassment and pray for Jesus’ speedy return. Others are quick to point an accusing finger and blame a lack of holiness teaching in the church. Believers who refuse traditional church, shake their heads and say, “See, that’s why...