Salmon struggle in their migration upstream.

Do pitfalls & potholes reveal God?

So why is it we are so bent on a life without conflict if the pastor’s premise is true in that conflict is even a part of the relationship we have with God? According to the pastor, growth does not occur without conflict. The example of an athelete training his or her body for competition is one but many such metaphores that can be used to illustrate this point.

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Irony and America’s cultural slide

Ironic, isn’t it? Polls claim more Americans now favor civil liberties related to lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders and queers (isn’t the last word redundant?), but seem ignorant to those delineated in the Bill of Rights. A Barna study reports that 32 percent of practicing Protestants (wonder how they define that?) favor changing laws to enable…

Casting Crowns during the "Until The Whole World Hears Tour" in Bakersfield, Calif. © Todd Fitchette

Let all that I am praise the Lord!

It’s wonderful how we can be encouraged by a conversation and a simple reference to the Psalms. I was sharing a bit of my story this morning with a good friend and a pastor at the church I’ll be attending again, once my relocation is complete. One of the points I wanted to make with…

By Arnold C (Buchanan-Hermit) (Own work) [Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons

Prosperity gospel exposed in rhyme

I recently came across a social media link referencing a rapper I previously never heard of, tackling an issue that has replayed in my mind over the years, particularly as I’ve watched friends praise various people the rapper berates in rhyme. Rap artist Shai Linne managed to gather some press of late, taking on some…

By Jaume Ventura from Barcelona, Spain (Friends) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The value of good friends: Priceless!

The value of good friends and people genuine in their sympathy and empathy is beyond measure. You quickly discover who these people are when someone close to you dies. This happened for me this week with the death of my mother. It wasn’t a surprise; in fact it was expected, but it was nevertheless a kick…