Our culture is counterfeiting Jesus.

He is not like the way all other world-views and religious systems describe him.  Buddhism, Islam, Christian Science,  Mormonism, and Unitarian Universalists say he was just a man, not the second person of the Trinity (one God, three persons).  Some think he was just a good teacher, moral guy, prophet from the past, created divine being, an angel, and something else.

He is also not your "homeboy", just a friend like your buddy, a plastic toy, a magic-8-Ball or a figment of your imagination.  He is not just our model citizen or moral man.  He is much more, and everything depends on your view of Jesus.  It really does.

Who is the real Jesus?

What do the Biblical Scriptures say about Jesus?  They say he was God who came to earth.

I love Muslims.  I really do.

I have met many Muslims around the world and have had meaningful conversations with them.  Because of love, I long for all Muslims to open their eyes to Jesus Christ.  I want them to see the Son of God as the Savior of the World.  He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  I hope and pray for their sins against the wrath of God to be forgiven.  I pray for their eyes to be opened to the cross and resurrection of Jesus.

With the distant passing of celebrities in the news to close loved ones dying, eternity and mortality are being discussed everyday.

I want to shoot you straight.  I have a growing concern that more people inside and outside the church believe that everyone will be saved when it is all said and done.

With social media and our national news buzzing this morning about the tragic death of actor and comedian Robin Williams, we are faced with our own mortality.  We are fragile, broken, helpless humans and these kinds of events prove it again.

I can hardly put into words the feeling I have of celebrating two decades with my Love, Laurie.  I really am speechless.  Where has the time gone?  I remember as a little kid my parents and my parent's friends celebrating 20 years of marriage and thinking they were old. :)

Well, here we are...

This has been and continues to be an amazing journey with God.

Warning: long blog requires thinking.

I am learning about a "new" stream of belief called "Progressive Christianity."  It is not really a new idea, philosophy or angle, but maybe just one that some think should progress further down the road of developing Christianity.  The beliefs of this broad group have roots in universalism, liberalism, inclusivism, postmodernism and panentheism, with those part of the emergent church movement (and others) jumping on board the moving spiritual ship.

If you get the Gospel wrong, you get it all wrong.

If you miss the Redemptive Plan of God, you miss God.

The Gospel is the message of freedom from sin.  It can not be understated, not accepting the Gospel has eternal consequences.  The Gospel is about eternal life and dead.  When we change the Gospel to suit our own desires, we are messing with God.  Why?  Because this is His message to humanity.  This is His plan.  This was His idea for saving those who believe, not ours.

As part of every wedding I have officiated as a Pastor, I say the list of tips below as part of the ceremony.  It is my Top 10 list.  These words are life-giving and should be applied over and over again. They are customized per couple and show up in our pre-marital time, but also renew couples that need a fresh start a few or several years into their marriage.  I continue to be challenged by and continue to unperfectly strive for them in my own marriage of nearly 20 years.  Enjoy.

G.K. Chesterton did not know he was predicting the future when he said, 

“Tolerance is the virtue of men who don’t believe in anything.” 

According to many in the world, I can't believe what I believe.  The world says, that I need to be tolerant of all beliefs, philosophies, religions, opinions and worldviews.  Today, that means I need to accept them and believe them or I am intolerant.

I have been in the Book of James for quite sometime now doing my best to get my life around it.   This book of the Bible is all about putting into practice what the follower of Jesus already believes.  James is making the point to believers in Jesus, that faith without action is no faith at all (take time to read the whole book in one sitting).  In fact, he says it is dead.  That would be without life and without use.