Election 2012 Postscript

Here are some of my reflections for my fellow followers of Christ with regard to the political process and our faith. Voting is a privilege but it is not an obligation I read a lot of statements from many sources about the obligation we have to vote.  Some put it this way:  if you don’t […]

Eric Metaxas at 2012 National Prayer Breakfast

Eric Metaxas spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast which you can watch below, well worth the 30 minutes.  He is a well-known author, his biography on Dietrich Bonhoeffer is a good read.

Who Are Those Guys?

This last weekend “a group of evangelicals” met in Houston Texas to endorse a GOP candidate for President.  Tony Perkins, the assigned spokesman for the group, released a statement that “there emerged a strong consensus around Rick Santorum as the preferred candidate of this room…a clear, clear majority”.  The meeting was “secret” and “anonymous”.  The participants were […]

An Evangelical Papacy?

I just wanted to sit down, watch some football, read the last in the Hunger Games series and enjoy a Sunday evening. But the “evangelical leaders” (whoever they are) went and almost ruined my day.  Last night, just in time to make the announcement for Sunday morning, an anonymous group of “almost 170 conservative leaders” […]

Q & A: Does the Birth Control Pill Cause Abortions?

As a pastor I get lots of questions, here is one of the more interesting ones I have received lately: Hi Pastor Steve, I have a question I’m hoping you can help me with. What, if any, is your church’s opinion on birth control pills? I’ve been on the pill since we got married and […]

The Amman Message

For those looking for a moderate Muslim explanation of their religion and outlook….read the Amman Message.

Must Read Book; Must Change Idea

Every Christian should read this book.  Not because it is the best written or most compelling, rather because it challenges a widely held opinion that is detrimental to global peace.  Arabs and Muslims are real people with real concerns, children, jobs, and rights.  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is not representative of all leaders in the Middle East; […]

10 Reasons to allow a Mosque near Ground Zero

I have a feeling I am going to be in the minority on this one… My parents are Russian immigrants.  They left Russia for greener pastures fleeing Stalin and to a lesser degree looking for religious freedom.  My mom was a Russian Baptist, my dad a Molokan.  The Molokans especially were in the minority and […]

Islam is a Dangerous Religion?

The Christian Post published an article entitled  ‘Islam Is a Dangerous Religion,’ Most American Pastors Say using data provided by Lifeway Research.  See also this article by Ed Stetzer entitled Protestant Pastors and Islam. Just for the record, I don’t think Islam is a dangerous religion.  Wrong yes, dangerous no. I believe that religion (for […]

We Did It!?

I wrote this blog post the day following the election, November 5, 2008.  I decided to postpone posting it because of its sarcasm, and I really don’t think the issue is gay marriage, rather how we impact and influence society and culture.  Now, here is where people will get sidetracked from my argument, so let […]