Doing what I do best…NOT catching fish The subtitle I put on this bothers me. I did it hastily to make fun. It’s true. When fishing I typically am not the one to catch fish. Yet, it is also symbolic of my life right now, it seems. Am I “catching fish”? Am I “bearing fruit”?Continue reading

I should count the days since I emailed the candidates for Senate in Minnesota concerning some campaign issues. Actually, if I had the money, I would try an experiement. I would count the days they do not respond to my questions concerning their stances in the campaign. Then, I should donate to both campaigns andContinue reading

The silence is deafening. In the past few days I have emailed two prominent contenders for the US Senate seat in Minnesota and asked for a dialogue with them regarding issues that concern a biblical worldview. I asked the Democratic contender how she would approach some “pro-life” issues, even though she might be pro-choice. IContinue reading

Does this gospel really mean anything to anyone? So many Christians I am associated with right now seem to be name only Christians. Applying the Bible to ANY part of their life is almost foreign to them. They have no desire to be around the Body of Christ. There aren’t any real spiritual connections. IContinue reading

One of the central issues in making Christ the center is his view of the poor. Jesus spent his time with the poor. As Pentecostals, we need to regain the Kingdom view on the poor. Too often we are ready to blame liberals, or the “system”, or lack of family values. We do not graspContinue reading

The challenge of Christ being the center cannot be avoided. In the Gospel of Mark, there are two stories of blind men being healed. The first one in Mark 8 is followed by the great confession of Peter. He answers the question everyone of us must answer concerning Jesus. “Who do YOU say that IContinue reading

We are so easily susceptible to being hypocrites. In the 90’s we were all over Clinton for parsing “is”. But when the shoe seems to fit on the Republican operatives…well… we seem to play that “is” game as good as Clinton. It seems Karl Rove leaked information regarding a CIA operative, but didn’t actually “nameContinue reading

The Supreme Court nomination battle will begin to heat up. Sandra Day O’Connor has retired, opening up new battle grounds for “conservatives” and “liberals”. Liberals, of course, want someone to interpet the Constituion their way. Conservatives, astoundingly, want the same! What is atrocious is the thought that the Supreme Court is supposed to “unite us”.Continue reading

While I was visiting my parents this past weekend, we enjoyed being in their church. It is also the church Terri and I planted back in 1989. During the worship service they actually sang a hymn! (This is rare in that church these days, as I understand it.) They were having a great time singing,Continue reading

The issue of eminent domain and the recent Supreme Court decision has a chilling effect on non-profit organizations and their property. If a city needs to increase their revenue and a developer would like some land, what better source than property that currently does not pay any taxes? Some churches with “prime locations” are notContinue reading