The Best Ways to Sell a Lie

Christian Living By February 17, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Extreme blood-letting aside, few things bug me more than lies. Adultery is a lie. Betrayal is a lie. Telling someone they’re awesome when they aren’t is a lie. It doesn’t matter how great or small the lie – a lie is a lie. Fallout from lies range from momentary disgust to global war, but the crime is still the same….


A Nation in Extremis – What remains of the real America

Commentary By February 9, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

Nothing outside the United States of America is powerful enough to tear her down. But the rapidly metastasizing cancer of smallness may soon consumer her vitality from the inside until the contagion stills the heartbeat of a once-vibrant nation and the Great Experiment concludes. The hopeful conviction of a people committed to a Creator and a cause greater than themselves gave birth…


Christians and Politics – the Religious “right” and “wrong”

Commentary By February 8, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , 2 Comments

Throughout the 2016 election cycle social media preachers passionately debated or declared which candidates were or were not acceptable to Jesus Christ. Not surprisingly, social media preachers did not agree. Perhaps none was right, but I can declare with great certainly that they weren’t all correct. In Ecclesiastes the very wise Solomon repeatedly observes that there is nothing new under…


Why passion fades – Horsemanship and Discipleship Failure

Christian Living, Gospel Horse By February 6, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

There are a whole bunch of horse folks and groups committed to sharing their passion for horses with newcomers. There are a whole bunch of churches and ministries dedicated to evangelism; spreading the Word in order to bring the lost to Christ. Committed relationship with Jesus Christ is the only way to eternal life and you can’t have a relationship with…


Is it ever okay for your horse to say “No”?

Gospel Horse By February 6, 2017 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Not long ago as I entered one of our local horse emporiums a clerk called out, “Lynn, can I ask you a question?” “Sure,” I replied. “How can I help?” She wasn’t sure how to interpret her young stallion’s response (or lack of response) from an encounter that morning. He was happily grazing in the pasture when she went to…


“Seeing Jesus” by Jeffrey McClain Jones

Book Reviews By February 6, 2017 Tags: , , , , No Comments

Philly Thompson lives alone in a one-bedroom Chicago apartment with his cat Irving. He worries about his weight, frets about his job, longs to get back with his ex-girlfriend, and wishes his ma would stop nagging him. To you and me, a pretty average guy. To Jesus, the raw material for a miracle . . . or two.


Introduction to Christian Apologetics

Christian Living By February 3, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , , , No Comments

What is Apologetics? Apologetics is the reasoned defense of the Christian faith that includes giving positive reasons and logical grounds for the truth of Christianity. Knowing the reason for hope in Jesus Christ isn’t a responsibility reserved for theological scholars, rhetoricians, or believing academic geniuses. It’s equally important for moms, dads, teen-agers, the elderly, and for every new creation in Christ…


“The Screwtape Letters” by C.S. Lewis

Book Reviews By February 3, 2017 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

The Screwtape Letters is unique in the universe of Christian literature. It is fictitious fantasy based upon eternal fact. It is satirical, entertaining, deep, and distinctly Christian. Think of it as a series of lessons framed as correspondence between an Archangel of God and a subordinate angel who just happens to be his nephew. The higher angel mentors the newbie…


“Operation Christmas Spirit” by Vicki Watson for horse-crazy tweens

Book Reviews By February 3, 2017 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

In the simplest terms, Christmas is a spirit of generosity inspired by love. What better way to revel in the true meaning of the season than teaching a child how to learn and love in a horse barn? Life is a series of transitions, from heights of wonder to depths of uncertainty. Gifting children with the tools to weather such…


Related to Christ Jesus as Betrayer or Superstar?

Christian Living By January 13, 2017 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

The more things change the more they remain the same. God cannot change and apparently neither does mankind. From the instant sin entered the Garden men have been fickle, fearful, self-indulgent, and dishonest. We often know when we lie to others but seldom recognize the myriad of instances when we lie to ourselves. Humans have the amazing ability to mix…