You Never Graduate from the School of Christ

Two weekends, two graduations.  Our daughter number three graduated from high school, and daughter number one from college (that’s right, my children have no names, just numbers).  It’s that time of year in America!  As we transition to summer, hoards of young people walk across the stage, and into another chapter of their lives.  They are told…

It’s Time to Take Teenagers Seriously

The way we think about teenagers as well as our expectations for them over the last few decades has befuddled me for quite some time.  When children are young, it seems like parents have a constant expectation for growth and maturity.  We “push” our children to say their first words, to go from crawling to…

It’s Not Political, It’s Biblical!

We now have the first active NBA player to publicly proclaim his homosexuality.  The drumbeat is getting louder for a federal gay marriage law.  Mr. Obama has become the first sitting American president to give a speech to Planned Parenthood, lauding it for its commitment to women’s rights, contraception, and abortion.  The FDA lowers the…

Is Your Church Keeping You Too Busy?

As a longtime church staff member, I have been both overtly and much more subtly accused of being part of a modern church system which just keeps busy people even busier.  The local church, these folks would say, offers too many activities which fill our evenings and weekends and thereby take away from essential family…

Tragedies are Teachable Moments

In just the space of just a few days in April, the nation has witnessed a terrorist bombing in Boston and a horrific explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant.  It wasn’t too long ago that we watched the senseless murders in Newtown.  The reality is, that as long as we live in this fallen world,…

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em…

There appears to be a growing concern among researchers that our obsession with sports (at least in America) has moved it from “recreation” status of yesteryear to that of “folk religion” today.  If that’s true, then it makes sense that the Christian Church as a whole (as well as local churches) would be greatly affected….