The Haunting

Ghost Hunters is coming to Valparaiso. Who knew Valpo was the place to hunt ghosts?  I’ve never seen the show and I’m not a big believer in ghosts, but I am very familiar with hauntings.  I’m 40 years old and still haunted by images I saw when I was in elementary school. Crazy Joe Drake […]

Grace Abounds

Grace isn’t cheap. I believe that. But where I’ve most often heard that is in the context of trying to guilt young people into trying harder to not sin. As in: “Sure, you can just ask for forgiveness after you have some Boones Farm Strawberry Hill but remember that grace isn’t cheap…it cost Jesus his […]

The Myth of Sin Captivity

In the opening prayer of confession during worship this morning were these words: I confess that I am held captive to the sin within me… I’m not so sure. I have a hard time believing that I am held captive by the sin within me. I feel like that’s an old skin that needs to […]

We Make Too Much of Sin

I think we make too much of sin.  At the risk of sounding heretical, let me clearly state that I believe sin is real and unrepentant sin can block our intimate relationship with our Creator.  I don’t think that grace is cheap and that we shouldn’t continually be working toward living a holier life, but […]

The Devil Made Me Do It

There’s no denying that there is evil in this world. What I see, however, is too many Christians blaming Satan for things that I’m not sure are Satan. I believe Satan tempts, but most people’s way of describing Satan is that of an sneering puppet master orchestrating events in our lives, the church, and the […]