Category: Faith

Sermons, resources, conference recaps, book reviews, and reflections on faith

The Bottom Line

9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. How much do we believe this? Whether it’s in our personal lives, our careers, or… Continue Reading “The Bottom Line”

Seven Last Words

The climate crisis started decades ago. It’s on the top of many people’s minds now, but scientists have been warning us about this for a very long time.  Back in 1998 while earning my MA in Poli Sci at Long Beach State, we were… Continue Reading “Seven Last Words”

Ugly Chairs

This is an ugly chair. It’s okay.  You can say it.  This is an ugly chair.  But I keep it for that very reason, to remind myself that we don’t always see the ugly chairs in our lives.  This chair wasn’t always ugly.  Back… Continue Reading “Ugly Chairs”

Yes, Virginia, There IS A Santa Claus

Did you know the word “gullible” isn’t in the dictionary? Yes, I fell for that one.  I was in 7th grade at Whitney High when an upper classman told me that with a completely straight face, and then promptly laughed when I said “Really?” … Continue Reading “Yes, Virginia, There IS A Santa Claus”

A Reason to Believe

What difference has Jesus made in your life? How do you see God at work in the world?  If you’re a Christian, there’s a reason you believe Jesus is your Lord and Savior.  You didn’t just come up with it out of nowhere.  And… Continue Reading “A Reason to Believe”

Keeping the Faith

The pain was excruciating. That’s pretty much the only way I know to describe the feeling in my arm when it broke during judo practice.  I must have been about ten at the time and pretty busy doing various sports (none of which I… Continue Reading “Keeping the Faith”

Are We There Yet?

Waiting for anything is tough. But CHRISTMAS waiting has got to be the hardest of all. My mom had a hard and fast rule about NOT getting up before 10am on Christmas morning. When you’re a kid and all of Santa’s presents are just… Continue Reading “Are We There Yet?”

Meatloaf and Other Things in the Fridge

How many of you like meatloaf? Meatloaf is one of my favorite foods to eat.  And of course, no one makes it like my mom.  My mom’s version is the gold standard of meatloaf.  When I order it from a restaurant, I can’t help… Continue Reading “Meatloaf and Other Things in the Fridge”

How Poor Do I Have To Be?

How poor do I have to be? Certain passages in the Bible are challenging – not just to Christians but anyone considering becoming one.  This is one of those passages.  What we are about to read seems to imply that you can’t get to… Continue Reading “How Poor Do I Have To Be?”

Greed Is Good?

Is greed good? The short answer is no.  The long answer is…no.  If you’ve seen the movie Wall Street and maybe even if you haven’t, you know that Gordon Gecko, played by Michael Douglas gives this impassioned speech to a room full of stockholders… Continue Reading “Greed Is Good?”