Category: Simple Thoughts

Throwing the Baby Out with the Bathwater

Some of the most basic concepts of Christianity and Biblical knowledge are often skewed by organizations that take over your thinking, individuality and personal responsibility. For instance, I existed for 15-years in an echo-chamber. I was forbidden from following other pastors and learning from them, even pastors in our organization. I was to ‘learn my shepherd’s voice’ and no one else’s.

Chance, or ‘Choice’ Encounters?

No wonder that when Jesus spoke of the parable of the wedding feast in Luke 14 he said, “Go out into the hedges and the highways and compel them to come, that my house may be full!” I spent 15 years of my life in Christ believing and being taught that God wasn’t anywhere to be found except at 1145 Wallace Road. You couldn’t go to the beach, the mountains, the park, the bar, and find Christ, and most certainly, you couldn’t be a light for Him in those places – your work, His work, ALL the work, was in Church.

What’s so amazing about Grace?

This morning included a weekly three-hour drive through a beautiful Oregon mountain pass and into God’s country – Central Oregon. As the driver (and alone) I don’t get to take in too much of the scenery – I have to drive safely after all. I do, however, get a lot […]

Being Led by the Spirit

For those of us in this walk of Faith, being led by the Spirit of Christ is important. It’s a central point of our spiritual/Christian journey. In fact, it’s a central theme of the New Testament and the highlight of the Gospel message. In His humanity, Christ prayed, “Not my […]

Conversations with an Atheist

About a year ago I read the book, Post Traumatic Church Syndrome, written by Reba Riley and I knew before she professed the faith she left, on page 22, that she left the same Charismatic/dogmatic and traumatizing Oneness Pentecostal religion I left. In Reba’s journey of healing and recovery, she […]

Slain in the Spirit – Fact or Fiction?

A great charismatic marketeer Benny Hinn swings his signature white jacket at a person or a crowd of people and in waves, they crumble under the ‘power’ of the spirit. At least, that is the claim.

These events are usually then marked with subsequent and equally un-biblical traits such as convulsions, twitching, trances or being rendered unconscious.

Who cares if Christmas is Pagan?

If you are like me – you are probably tiring of the hearing people calling Christmas ‘pagan’, as if the other things they do in life are any more non-pagan. Just celebrate Christmas, be close to family, share cheer, love, charity and hope!

Combatting Spiritual Abuse: You should let it go!

I hear that phrase, a lot. Just move on. Let it go. Stop letting it control you. Forget. Forgive. Erase. Ignore. Stop focusing on it. Turn around. Find a new focus. More importantly, the organization I am most familiar with, being the Oneness Pentecostal Church, which is rife with spiritual […]

Why is admitting failure so hard?

If one thing makes you a genuine person, it is being able to admit your faults, your weaknesses, and your failures. We learn from those things, we gain experience from … experience. Yet, growing up as a boy, and then spending 15-years in a pseudo-Christian cult where exposure of failure […]