When I’m writing a sermon, I get lots of ideas that end up in the trashcan. Maybe one day I’ll be ambitious and do a “director’s cut” of a sermon. But one of the ideas I didn’t get a chance to flesh out was about the song “Help!” by The Beatles. In fact, the title of the sermon was originally inspired by that song. The … Continue reading Help! – The Theology of The Beatles
“I know I’m about to win! I’m just so close!” In the back of mind I can still hear myself saying those words as my friends Lance, Gene, Murali, and Rich dragged me away from the poker machines in Tahoe. It was the first time I’d ever gone gambling. I’d played penny poker with my friends before or we’d play for Goldfish crackers or something … Continue reading Help Wanted!
Spam musubi is one of those dishes that once in a while I simply crave. If you’ve been to our home for our holiday open house or to one of our Bible studies, I’ve probably made it for you. If you haven’t, its all the more reason to come! Spam musubi is a great, easy-to-make appetizer for any church potluck, family get-together, holiday gathering, or … Continue reading Craig’s Kitchen – Spam Musubi
“Everything happens for a reason.” You’ve probably heard that saying before. You might have even said it yourself. Usually when something sad or tragic happens, people say these words to help comfort those who have lost someone or something important. “Everything happens for a reason.” We say it because it gives us comfort to think that this tragedy was somehow important or necessary. That there … Continue reading Everything Happens for a Reason
“God doesn’t give us more than we can handle.” “Everything happens for a reason.” “God helps those who help themselves.” Have you ever heard these sayings? Perhaps you’ve said them yourself. If you have I understand. They sound thoughtful, insightful, or inspirational – but in reality they do a lot more harm than good. Lots of familiar sayings that Christians throw around are not at … Continue reading What Half Truths Do You Believe In? (book review)
Which way do you put forks in the dishwasher? Obviously, the correct way is with the tines pointing up. That way when it drips dry the germs all run down the fork and away from where you put it in your mouth. There’s the added benefit that the tines don’t get stuck in the holes of that little silverware basket, too. Of course, you could … Continue reading What If God Were Black?
Arthur Fonzerelli defined cool. When I was growing up, every guy wanted to be The Fonz. Who wouldn’t want to be able to snap their fingers and have girls appear on your arm – that’s girls with an “s.” He could bump a jukebox with his elbow and get it to play any song he wanted – for free. And he could turn a monosyllabic … Continue reading Fonzie Syndrome