Rest In Peace?

Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.

I have seen this quote many times today. The day when Billy Graham indeed passed away. And I have seen well-wishers say, “Rest In Peace.”

I have often wondered why believers make such a statement!

Billy Graham is in the presence of the King. He is NOT resting. He is basking in the glory of the God he served so well in this life. And while he now knows a peace that is impossible to achieve in our sinful world, he needs no rest.

Not anymore.

Congress: Change is Not a Done Deal

Yesterday, the United States experienced a change in leadership, as a number of seats in the Senate and House of Representatives were gained by the Republican party, giving them control of the Congress. The election is seen by many as a mandate for the country to change directions, countering the leadership of Obama.

So, will the country change directions?

Maybe. But it’s not a done deal.

I think that this country has made huge mistakes in the past couple of Presidential elections, to be sure. But electing a conservative President in 2016 will not necessarily fix it all. I’m dubious that any one person in power is the answer to a country’s woes.

Same holds true for Congress. It is entirely possible that the shift in power will lead to a 180-degree turn for the US. And yet, as I said, it’s not a done deal.

Ultimately, through the President, the current Congress, the courts, and the media, this nation continues to reject God at every turn. Only one of those variables changed last night. And who knows what course the new Congress will take? Will it roll back abortion? Embrace true marriage? Recognize and support Israel? Protect speech and religion? Steward our resources?

We’ll see. Don’t stop praying.

“My hope is built on nothing less…”

Gungor, Middle School Choir, and The Greatest American Hero

When I taught middle school choir, there were times that I had my students sing music from other cultures and religions. I stressed the fact that, in some instances, a musician is an actor. I told them that, when they sing about God, they don’t have to believe in Him.

But the audience needs to believe they do. Continue reading “Gungor, Middle School Choir, and The Greatest American Hero”

Hobby Lobby and the Road Ahead

I’ve been waiting for the day to come. To finally find out what the Supreme Court would say about the Hobby Lobby case and the right of people (because corporations are people) to reject government mandates that go against their religious beliefs.

And when the decision came down, I retweeted remarks from Russell Moore…

And I was quickly treated to a profane @ reply.

Continue reading “Hobby Lobby and the Road Ahead”

The Slippery Slope of Compromise – Why “Noah” Ought to be a No

NoahBy now, you’ve already made up your mind whether or not you will see the movie, “Noah.” Or, you have seen it. If you look around #NoCamo much, you’ll know that I’ve already weighed in on the subject.

A new aspect of this issue has presented itself: the Pseudo-Christian Cinematic Apologist (which will hence be referred to as “PCCA”). Continue reading “The Slippery Slope of Compromise – Why “Noah” Ought to be a No”

Don’t Bring Jesus Into This

2014-02-08 13.45.33Tony has finished his basketball season. I’m really proud of his hard work. He has shown a great deal of improvement – the whole team has. It has been a great season.

On the day I began drafting this post, he was in the tournament. For their first game, they played a team that they have beaten during the regular season.

As with any game, there were some questionable calls going against both teams. Officials are imperfect people – they make mistakes just like anyone else, and their decisions are subject to interpretation.

On this particular day, some parents decided to take the responsibility of rebuking the refs upon themselves. Continue reading “Don’t Bring Jesus Into This”

Feeling Stuck

I have a tendency to look ahead. To wonder, “what is next?” In some ways, I am visionary (not A visionary – adjective, not noun). Forward-thinking. More often than not, though, I tend toward feeling stuck. Feeling like I have no momentum and am, well, “stuck” is the best word for it.

Is it impatience? Restlessness? Lack of trust in God’s timing? In a word (or words), yes. And just when I think I have it licked, it rears its ugly head again. Continue reading “Feeling Stuck”