Showing posts from September, 2012

Real Hope (slightly political)

Call me cynical. Which is an odd way to begin a blog entry from an eternal optimist. However, when it comes to politics, I admit that I have no faith nor hope in our two-party-sling-as-much-mud-as-you-can-and-make-promises-to-get-elected-then-don't-keep-them system. In this election year, I realize that I am not alone.  There is no danger in my publicly endorsing a particular candidate (which is frowned upon for pastors), because I honestly can't endorse either.  I will, however, cast my vote for who (in my opinion) is the "lesser of two evils." I realize that this is discouraging for many.  What kind of world will our kids live in?  Where is the hope? The opening line to an ancient hymn spells it out for me: "My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness."  (The Solid Rock) Our hope is not in this election, nor in any political party or candidate.  Our hope is Jesus.  Jesus said,"I am the way, the truth, and the life. (

Anger Management

On several unrelated occasions recently, I've been asked, "Is it wrong to stay mad at someone, and not let it go?" The human emotion of anger is not wrong in itself.  Things happen to all of us that cause a passionate reaction - we all get mad.  In many cases, this is the correct and emotionally healthy response to have.  To use a little Christianese: getting angry is not a sin. BUT... Ephesians 4:21-31(NLT) 21 Since you have heard all about him and have learned the truth that is in Jesus, 22 throw off your old evil nature and your former way of life, which is rotten through and through, full of lust and deception. 23 Instead, there must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes. 24 You must display a new nature because you are a new person, created in God's likeness -- righteous, holy, and true. 25 So put away all falsehood and "tell your neighbor the truth" because we belong t