Pastors’ Blog

THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK: A QUARANTINE MEDITATION

As we continue to wade through the coronavirus quarantine, doubts, fears and opinions continue to grow stronger. When this happens, rhetoric also grows stronger. When rhetoric grows stronger, people begin to make statements of hyperbole and polarization. And when this happens, the danger that we will communicate something that we don’t actually think becomes great….

CORONAVIRUS AND BIBLICAL PROPHECY?

In recent days I have heard the question asked several times, “is the coronavirus predicted in the Bible?” or “is the coronavirus a sign of the end times?” The short answer to both questions is “no,” But I thought it might be helpful to write a blog explaining why not. It is understandable why some…

Lessons from Peeta Mellark on How to Treat a Woman

What do women want? This is the eternal question with which men wrestle. A casual survey of the internet on this subject will provide us with many men who say they can answer that question, and many highly disappointed women. Why? The men are usually coming at it from the perspective, not of how to…

King of the Castle and Princess Too?

Society tells us that if we believe there are different roles for men and women then we are narrow minded bigots. Clearly, this puts many Christians at odds with the world around them. But sadly, even in a conservative Christian context, many men give lip service to gender roles without any effort to live these…

Patriarchy vs Male Headship

My wife and I met in college, but she graduated one year earlier than I did. She is nearly two years younger, but probably more than twice as intelligent. Lucky me! We were planning to get married after I graduated, so she stayed around San Diego while I finished up. She was a little frustrated…

Leadership is Service

As I sit down to write this blog, I remember the old days of 2003 when three things were still true: Bill O’Reilly had not yet fallen from grace, Arnold Schwarzenegger was running for Governor of California, and I was still watching Fox News. The incident that jogs my memory thus is a moment on…