The Chain of Authority

Authority is the power to give commands and expect obedience.  There are 3 links in the chain of authority in Scripture:  God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), prophets and apostles, the Bible.  Pretty simple!  When Pharaoh asked, “Who is the LORD that I should obey Him?” (Exodus 5:4) he found out real quick!  As Creator, God has the power to give commands and expect obedience.  “Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to nor take away from it.” (Deut. 12:32).  Continue reading The Chain of Authority

12 Practical Principles for Daily Living

The following “daily dozen” were the personal creed of Robert Louis Stevenson, the famed 19th century Scottish novelist and poet. An atheist, he unintentionally used Biblical truths as his major life principles. I’ve added Scriptures below each principle.  Continue reading 12 Practical Principles for Daily Living

Hold Life Like a Bird

Ecclesiastes frees us to hold life like a bird.  In my golf days, I was told by an instructor to, “Hold the club like a bird.  Not so loose that it flies away, but not so tight that it dies.”  If you hold a golf club too loosely, it could fly into a lake!  If you put a death-grip on it, you’ll “pull” your shots inward, way off target.  Continue reading Hold Life Like a Bird

Underdressing – This is Awkward…

Underdressing is such an awkward topic.  It makes men feel stuck and women feel picked on.  I can’t tell a woman “Your outfit is tempting me to lust.”  I’d sound like a pervert!  Then women feel picked on because underdressing sermons are mainly directed at them.  It doesn’t seem fair, does it?  Men don’t want to be so susceptible to lust and women don’t want to be held so responsible for enticing us.  We all feel the unfairness and awkwardness here, so let’s just accept it and do our best to work together to help each other out. Continue reading Underdressing – This is Awkward…

Shoveling the Wood Chips of God’s Word

Recently, after almost four months of waiting, I finally received a truckload of wood chips in my driveway for free. It felt like Christmas morning . . . until reality hit me. I had to move that gigantic pile! Quickly! With nothing but a shovel and a wheelbarrow!

The job suddenly seemed insurmountable.  Continue reading Shoveling the Wood Chips of God’s Word

Overdressing and Overimpressing

When we think of modesty, we usually think of underdressing.  We think about women wearing scantily clad outfits revealing too much skin or too much shape.  Underdressing is a problem, but the verses about modesty in Scripture are primarily about overdressing.  Dressing in fancy, over-the-top ways to impress people.  Continue reading Overdressing and Overimpressing

Parenting Advice from a Scared Father

My oldest son recently became a teenager. A teenager! How on earth am I supposed to know how to raise someone that age? I admit I’m a little scared. And sad. Only a few more years and he’ll be out on his own.

As I reflect on these things, four primary guiding principles come to mind: Continue reading Parenting Advice from a Scared Father