Welcome to part three of my five-part series that seeks to answer the question “Is Christianity Harmful to LGBT People?” In part one I laid the framework for this series and wrote about why this is an important topic to consider. In part two I shared my understanding of the traditional Christian understanding of LGBT … Continue reading Is Christianity Harmful to LGBT People? (3 of 5)
Welcome to blog #2 on this journey as I attempt to answer the question of whether or not a Christian ethic (or Christianity) is harmful to LGBT people. Thank you for joining me. If you missed part 1, you can find that here. I encourage you to start there as it gives some important caveats … Continue reading Is Christianity Harmful to LGBT People? (2 of 5)
I usually write for the saints at Central Oaks Community Church here in Michigan. But today I am writing to address a topic that's part of a course I'm taking at Southern Seminary. The assignment is for me to write for those who disagree with my viewpoint. Considering the topic, I think it's safe to … Continue reading Is Christianity Harmful to LGBT People (1 of 5)
Dr. Donald Whitney has been an asset to the Church for many years in his teaching, preaching, and writing. He is a wonderful source for anyone wanting to grow in personal spiritual disciplines. Below are his 10 questions to ask at the start of a new year. I have taken them from here. Check out … Continue reading 10 Questions to Ask at the Start of 2023 by Donald Whitney
Well, friends, what a wonderful candlelight service we had this past Sunday night! I think I enjoyed that one more than any other. Maybe it was because Lynsey and I were able to sit with our girls for most of the singing and readings. I sensed a closeness to all of you and among us … Continue reading Merry Christmas!
Yesterday, I briefly referenced a few lines from a hymn by Ann Griffiths. She was a Welsh poet and hymn writer who died in 1805 at the age of 29 after childbirth. The part of the hymn I quoted was: Gladly would I leave behind me All the pleasures I have known To pursue surpassing … Continue reading O That We Would Run Toward Obedience to Christ!
My wife and I love rich, beautiful worship music. The Church needs singable music with understandable truths more powerful than depression, uncertainty, or discouragement. Where can we find such music? I have come to love the music of various musicians and hymnwriters who are not-so-mainstream. This means we listen more to music from streaming services … Continue reading Rich, Beautiful Worship Music
This Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for all of you. In no particular order . . . Thank you, Susan Hersey for leading the charge in Operation Christmas Child. Thank you, Ruth Sutton for not giving up on your friends who don't know Jesus. Thank you, Diane Howard for all the behind-the-scenes things you do. Thank you, … Continue reading Thank You, Central Oaks
Do you listen to podcasts? I do. They're easy ways to receive content while doing something else like driving or exercising. They're also all free. Perhaps you've never listened to a podcast and don't care to start. That's totally fine. But if you do and are looking for something worth your time, I recommend the … Continue reading 3 Podcasts Worth Considering
My wife and I took some time to vote this morning. We've fulfilled our responsibility and privilege, and now we wait to learn the results. As we do, I wanted to share a thought that I hope is helpful for you all. We Christians have a unique perspective on days like today because we do … Continue reading On Election Day