Does The Church Need To Be Rebuilt?

For thousands of years, the Great Wall of China has stood as a symbol of protection and a barrier to neighboring countries. Today, parts of it have succumbed to the elements and stand in disrepair, particularly some of the steepest and most treacherous sections. As one might imagine, this is not an easy process. China…

Where Do We Fit?

A little Italian boy named Antonio loved music. The problem was, whenever he tried to sing, it came out so badly that his friends laughed at him. Besides singing, the boy loved the sound of the violin. He had a pocketknife he always carried with him and he would whittle all sorts of things with…

Empty Little Tummies

As the morning progresses towards the afternoon, a little elementary school boy begins to get anxious. A time that is normally filled with laughter and a needed break has now become quite stressful. It’s lunchtime. For this little guy, even though his family qualified for reduced lunch costs, even the small cost every day adds…

It’s Good To Be Here

We may not be led up to a mountain with Jesus. We may not have the Lord transfigured before us. We may not have Moses and Elijah appear in front of our very eyes. There are very few similarities to that very unique and special occasion, and yet at the 2015 Lectureship we can still…

Sucker Punched

Breaking news is swirling around the NFL world. Earlier today a minor disagreement happened between the New York Jets’ quarterback Geno Smith and linebacker IK Enemkpali. The argument resulted in Enemkpali overreacting and punching Smith in the face. Jets coach Todd Bowles called the act “childish” and labeled it as a “sucker punch.” Enemkpali was…

EnjoyChurch.TV

My wife and I travel out to Illinois to see her family at least once per year. There is usually very little to see except flat farmland as we trudge through Kansas and Missouri. However, every trip there is a very normal looking building that immediately grabs my attention. This building would normally blend into…

The Great Flood…In My Basement

We had just sat down for a nice family dinner when it began to rain. It was steady, but not too heavy at first. Then it started to pour down faster. I went down into the basement to find my window well half full of water, and little streams trickling through the seems of the…

Critically Endangered

He is old, battered, and worn down, but he is the last male northern white rhino in the world. With poaching as severe as it is, this 40-year-old rhino is under constant guard. Forty armed rangers have been enlisted to protect him. Even though they already removed his horn to deter poachers, the guards still…

The Final Word?

More and more warning signs are appearing. It really started rolling when Pope Francis was elected. Just a few months into office Pope Francis said, “When I meet a gay person, I have to distinguish between their being gay and being apart of a lobby. If they accept the Lord and have goodwill, who am…

The Church’s Future

Over and over again we hear disheartening statistics about our youth. We are told they are falling like flies. We hear about questionable parenting, ineffective youth programs, and the pressures of society as the causes of the teens’ unbelief after high school. It seems like we are often fed a bunch of negativity and pessimism.…