Learning to Love like She did

May 9th, 1945 – January 20th, 2017. My mother was 71 years old when I brushed her forehead and watched her take her last breath. On December 10th of 2016 she was placed on hospice care and I immediately moved her into my home. I promised her I would never […]

The Marks of Spiritual Leadership

Recently I was introduced (by a follower of this blog) to a list of Scriptures that does a wonderful job of displaying what Jesus’ disciples were meant to look like, how they were to behave and how they modeled Christianity to the flock – the saints of Christ. It is […]

The Gospel++

The idea that the Gospel (The death, burial and resurrection of the Lord) is enough to save you and I, as New Testament believers, is something of a foreign concept – to me. Looking at the Gospel, how it was defined in Scripture, by the Apostles, most notably Paul, shows that […]

Exposing the Spiritually Abusive Trap System

One of the books I’ve read twice since January of this year is The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse by David Johnson and Jeff Van Vonderen. This incredibly insightful book keeps me nodding and whispering ‘yes…that’s right’ nearly every page. Of course there is no broad brush that can cover […]

Out of Context: Where Two or Three Are Gathered

Recently my mind hovered on this verse, Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” and a question came to mind…Is Jesus not around if I’m by myself? Is my faith ineffective if I pray to the Lord […]

Merchandising the Flock

The books of I & II Peter deal with the premise of falsehood often, both in leaders/teachers and the saints of God. Continuing the theme that Jesus began in His ministry, who warned that the real dangers of falsehood would come from within the flock, and mostly at the top […]

Keeping Christ’s Commandments

So far, a lot of my writing has been pretty heavily focused on legalism and my escape from it. I’ve written titles like The Commandments of Men and Are Spiritual Leaders requiring Too Much?, but I also want to recognize and focus on the fact that Christ does indeed have […]

Every Appearance of Evil

This is a reblog of an article I read on appropriately interpreting I Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. As described in this article, I have ALWAYS heard this verse used in the context of avoiding situations that could look compromising, which of course is solid advice, but […]

The Commandments of Men

But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. – Matthew 15:9, KJV What are the ‘Commandments of Men‘ and why did Jesus come against this topic multiple times? Are we becoming dogmatic in our congregations and not pursuing the Commandments of God adequately, through Faith, or […]

Are Spiritual Leaders Requiring Too Much?

For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; Acts 15:28 I once heard a man say, “Rules + Regulations – Love = Resentment & Rebellion” when introducing a new faith based Drug & Alcohol recovery program […]