What’s Next?

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What’s Next?

Needless to say, as soon as people hear I am resigning as the pastor of Seattle Open Door Church and moving to Arkansas they ask me “So what are you going to do next?” Invariably the next question is “Are you going to pastor a church in Arkansas?” So I have a question. Why is it that if somebody is a pastor and moves someplace else that the assumption is they will be a pastor again? I would say because it makes sense they will be in the same profession once they move. But for me I have never been in the profession of being a pastor. I have been in the profession of doing the work of the ministry. Continue reading “What’s Next?” »


Why Moving to Arkansas?

Why Moving to Arkansas?

The question Carmi and I get all the time is “Why are you moving to Arkansas?” The short answer is we believe it is God’s will. The long answer is a long answer. Originally it was the goal of Carmi and I to ‘retire’ in the Philippines. That was our goal for several years. But it became clear last year that was not the best option. So we started looking at where was the most affordable places to live, own property, and be in a rural setting.  We narrowed it down to Arkansas and Tennessee. Continue reading “Why Moving to Arkansas?” »


Why Am I Resigning from SODC?

Why Am I Resigning from SODC?

Effective August 11 I will no longer be the Senior Pastor of Seattle Open Door Church. So obviously the most common question I get is “Why are you resigning?” The simple answer is because my wife Carmi and I are moving to Arkansas so we obviously cannot be in two States. So the next question is “Why are you moving to Arkansas?” I will address that in another post. Continue reading “Why Am I Resigning from SODC?” »


Jesus the Man

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Jesus the Man

When Jesus was on earth He was fully man and fully God What was He like as a man when on earth? For some reason many people, including Christians, want to only portray one facet of who Jesus was as a man. They normally present Jesus as a man who was loving, kind, gentle, calm, never angry, never frustrated, only spoke kind words, The persona presented is that Jesus was love, love, love. Happy, happy, happy. Many would say that the TV character Mr. Rogers was the perfect portrayal of who Jesus was a man. Thus if a man does not act like Mr. Rogers he is not like Jesus. Continue reading “Jesus the Man” »


A Squeaky Clean Man

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A Squeaky Clean Man

There has been only one Squeaky Clean Man on earth-Jesus Christ. On this side of heaven there will be only one Squeaky Clean Man-Jesus Christ. No man on earth will ever be a Squeaky Clean Man. Is Jesus to be the example for all men to follow? Absolutely!! Can men through the power of Jesus Christ walk in purity and godliness? Absolutely!! Should men desire to be like Jesus? Absolutely! But what if I was to say that we as a society have a misconception of what it means to be squeaky clean? What if I was to say we are setting men up for failure. Continue reading “A Squeaky Clean Man” »


What is a Wimpy Man?

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What is a Wimpy Man?

Before I define what is a wimpy man, I will define what is not a wimpy man, to remove any stereotypes of what is a wimpy man. A wimpy man is not a man who is thin, has no muscles, short, or any other physique. A wimpy man is not a  man who has never been in a fight. A wimpy man is not a man who is weak because of health conditions. A wimpy man is not a man who is soft, gentle, kind, loving, caring. A wimpy man is not a man who is a stay at home father, a beautician, an interior decorator, etc. The fact is a man could be bulky and muscular, be a bully, work in construction, and be a wimp in the heart. The appearance and behavior can be a cover-up. Continue reading “What is a Wimpy Man?” »


Warning to Conservative Christians-Introduction

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The Rhetoric of the Far Conservative Right
Introduction

The goal of this series is to challenge conservative Christians to use wisdom and not be deceived by the extremism of the far right. Extremism that is not biblical, not godly, and comes close to being Un-American. In this series I will be sharing specifically how this is happening. I am sure this series will disturb, anger, and irritate some individuals. Truth is hard to accept at times, but the truth sets people free and helps prevent deception. Sadly more and more Christians are allowing themselves to become deceived because they are letting their politics, instead of the Word of God, to guide them.

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Warning to Conservative Christians-Part One

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The Extreme Rhetoric of the Far Conservative Right

Part One-Examples of the Extreme Rhetoric of the Far Conservative Right

As Christians our faith in Christ, or relationship in Christ, our understanding of the Word of God, and actual facts should dictate our politics. However, for some Christians it appears their stand on politics is dictated by the above and emotions, feelings, social media, memes, and the end justifies the means mindset. This mindset is what creates the atmosphere for extremism, hatred, and what appears as a very bigoted approach to politics. This mindset produces extreme rhetoric that does not reflect biblical principles or reflect facts.

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Warning to Conservative Christians-Part Two

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Warning to Conservative Christians
The Rhetoric of the Far Conservative Right

Part Two-If You Are a Christian You Cannot Be a Democrat

The rhetoric of the Far Conservative Right, or even some in the Christian Conservative Right movement, insinuate individuals cannot be a Democrat and be a Christian. Or you cannot be a Christian and support anything that comes from the liberal side of politics. Continue reading “Warning to Conservative Christians-Part Two” »


Unhealthy Communication

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Unhealthy Communication

Ever since social media came out, there has been more and more unhealthy communication on the Internet. Political rhetoric and unhealthy communication seem to go together. Instead of debating in a reasonable, logical manner, invariably emotions get in the way. There is no desire to learn from another person’s experiences, to find consensus, to find solutions. Don’t dare mention ‘to find compromise’. So individuals, Americans, become more and more divided. Hate overcomes love.

The following are examples of unhealthy communication. Individuals from the Left or Right Politically, Individuals who claim to Christians have all manifested various types of unhealthy communication. Sadly, many excuse, justify, try to explain away their inappropriate communication. So division and hate increase. Hopefully some will choose to walk a different path. Continue reading “Unhealthy Communication” »