The Flip Side of Justice – Who are you pointing at? – August 22, 2019 - I discovered something that both Democrats and Republican can agree upon. It is that no matter what the issue is, it is always the other sides fault! As we approach another election year we can be sure to see the finger-pointing and blame-shifting increase. Why are we so quick to point the finger at one another?  The reason we point the finger is that we are self-preservationists. Finger-pointing is a classic way by where people who are doing well (or desire to do well) shift unwanted blame or criticism to ensure their own success. This morning I was downstairs in the Fellowship Hall of our church when I happened upon a very heated argument between two 4-years-olds. They were each defending themselves while their teacher… Read More
The Flip Side of Justice – Discord Not Peace? – August 15th, 2019 - What is the greatest baseball team in Texas? The Houston Astros of course! I may have already caused you to stop reading or at least upset you. In the DFW metroplex the Texas Rangers are clearly a favorite, but for me that Houston Astros are a much better team. I could go into a lengthy discussion about statistics and win records this year, but most likely that won't change your mind. How can you be so resistant to logic and reason? Well, it is not that you are delusional or that you don't know good baseball. It is that my approach in this conversation is flawed. I am engaging in a one-way conversation, where I am able to state what I believe and why, but… Read More
New – May 17th, 2019 - Through the "Resurrection People" series we have been discovering attributes of resurrection people as learned through the first church in the book of Acts. We have spent most of our time discussing what resurrection people should do, but for just a moment I want to share with you a few things that resurrection people shouldn't. Specifically what resurrection people shouldn't say. Here are 10 things I believe resurrection people shouldn't say: 1. "We could never..." Resurrection People are confident. If what they are being called to comes from God's initiative and leading then they know all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26) 2. "We have always..." Resurrection People are flexible. The first church was sent out on a mission that they had never before experienced. They did new… Read More
Roles – May 10th, 2019 - Husband, father, son, brother, pastor, friend, and a colleague are just a few of the roles I serve in life right now. We all have various roles in life that we serve. Sometimes the roles are given to us, sometimes they are the roles we are born with, and sometimes we choose the role. Being a child of God is a role that we are all born with, but being a Christian is a role we choose. Being a child of God means God loves us. Being a Christian means we have acknowledged God's love for us and choose to reciprocate that love to God and others. Recently, I have been pondering a question. What happens when the other roles we serve in life get in… Read More
Direction – May 3rd, 2019 - Almost every day you follow directions whether you are aware of it or not. As a matter of fact on your way to work, school, or to run errands today you most likely followed directions given to you through traffic signals or signs. The purpose of direction is to lead us to a destination. I love building things, but I am not always a fan of following the directions. Sometimes I will purchase a product and skip over the directions because I believe that I already know how to build, operate, or install it. When I was in college my dad had moved into a new home and purchased a Directv Satelite dish. Back then you had an option to install it yourself or pay… Read More
Confidence – April 26th, 2019 - "And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ." - Philippians 1:6 The Apostle Paul shares these words in the opening of a letter to the Philippian Christians that he purposed to thank them for their generosity and to encourage them to live in a manner that reflected Jesus' self-giving love. When I read these words I hear an Apostle Paul that is confident in the Philippian Christians and more importantly confident in the work God is doing in their lives. I believe that confidence is one of the most significant determining factors of success in life. Confidence can be a self-fulfilling prophecy.  People who are confident in their… Read More
Coming Together – March 28th, 2019 - 20 years ago I was a freshman at Texas A&M University and a member of the Corps of Cadets. The Corps of Cadets is a student military organization where nearly 40% of cadets will be commissioned in the United States Armed Forces. The other 60% or so would like myself go on to live civilian lives, but many of the values, core beliefs and lessons from that experience would shape our lives forever. One lesson I have learned from that experience is that when we encounter great challenges in life we are often better together than apart. I have never been a fan of running. I know many people who are and when they share with me their fondness of the "hobby" I begin to… Read More
The Questioning Crowd – 2/22/2019 - I believe one of the most difficult challenges presented to early followers of Christ was to love their enemies. In Luke 6:27-28 Jesus says, "But I say to you that listen, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you." The most common human response to this is "why?" Why would we want to love our enemies? Why would we bless those who curse us? Why pray for those who abuse us? I don't have many enemies but there have been people in my life that have not treated me with the respect I believe all humans deserve. If I had my wish, all people who disrespect others would receive the justice due to them.… Read More
The Expectant Crowd – 2/15/2019 - It was my freshman year and a beautiful fall day on the Texas A&M campus, I was walking to my engineering 101 class when I heard the sound of chaos up ahead. As I approached the Memorial Student Center I noticed a crowd surrounding a table in Rudder Plaza. The university was handing out free "Maroon-out" t-shirts to students and apparently, they were pretty popular. The school had sent out a university-wide email that these items would be available on a first come, first served basis until supplies ran out. There was no line and no order to the mess. People were expecting free shirts and very clearly I could see they were getting upset. Shirts were everywhere and people were slashing through them looking for… Read More
Pressing the Crowd – 2/8/2019 - I have to admit something sort of strange about me. I get highly anxious around crowds, but not all crowds. I can very easily attend a Texas A&M football game where over 100,000 people are present, but going to the shopping mall on a busy day completely stresses me out. The frenzy and the crowd is not much different, yet I still can easily do one and stress out over the other. I have tried to rationalize this and the only thing I can figure out my comfort with uncertainty. At the football game, I know where I am going, where I will be sitting (or standing the whole time), and I am very accustomed to the traditions. At the shopping mall, however, there is… Read More