The Hillbilly Elegy lessons for life

Can an R-rated movie teach biblical lessons?  Sometimes.  Do me a favor and stick with this blog post to the end.  Jesus was sharing a final lesson in the upper room when he said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears […]

God’s team gets the win

People used to make jokes about the Dallas Cowboys being “God’s team,” but it’s really “Jerry’s hobby.”  I’d like to say that everyone would say last Sunday’s Dallas Cowboys game was incredible. But, we used to pastor in Atlanta, and I’m sure there are a lot of our friends there who would disagree. So, let’s […]

Are you comfortable with holiness?

Do you remember when Christians were occasionally accused of having a “holier-than-thou” attitude? Holiness became something we thought we were supposed to avoid in order to make others feel better about themselves.  Sadly, holiness is our calling and our great gift.  To start with, what is holiness?  Most of our discomfort with the word can […]

This Labor Day, watch “A Rush of Hope”

It’s hard to believe that this coming weekend will mark the “end” of summer 2020.  Well, at least officially on the calendar.  For those of us who live in Texas, the end of summer is usually sometime around Halloween!  So, with another unusual holiday approaching, I want to suggest a great addition to your Labor […]

Christian-ish

A friend called me this week with a few questions about a Bible study app that she and her child were doing together. It is popular and very well done. But, there were a few flags in terms of what was taught, or rather, what was not taught. She just had a bit of a […]

God’s Grading System

I just finished a great book by Larry Osborne titled Mission Creep: The Five Subtle Shifts That Sabotage Evangelism & Discipleship. I marked that book up! It is underlined, starred, and, in several spots, I just wrote “WOW” or “Yes.” (I’m lending my copy to a friend, so I didn’t write “oops” and “uh-oh” by […]