Wonder Woman Movie Review – No Spoilers

When you’re dealing with DC’s strongest female superhero, you have a lot at stake.  There are a lot of ways this movie could have gone badly. 1. Zack Snyder and crew could have made Wonder Woman strong and the male lead, Steve Trevor, a wimp, but they didn’t.  Both characters were strong, noble and worthy… Read more »

Heaven Part 5 – Will You Please Shut Up About Streets of Gold?

There are times when I hear people talk about heaven and it makes me cringe.  Not because the topic is unappealing but because their perspective is distorted.  People will say, “I can’t wait to walk on streets of gold.”  “I might be poor on this earth but in heaven I’ll have a mansion on a… Read more »

Women Deserve Better Than This

I don’t often speak at churches, maybe 4 or 5 times a year.  Recently I spoke about culture, specifically the way that Satan is affecting our culture.  Stay with me, I’m not going into a string of spiritual cliches that sound like a mix of Shakespeare and a theology class.  I will continue speaking normal… Read more »

Heaven Part 4 – Does Someone Who Commits Suicide go to Heaven?

This is a question I recently received from two people, one in person and one via this blog.  So I’m sure that others have the same question.  Since my wife, Tina, has been in human services for many years I have some insight into mental illness and depression. When someone gets to the point of… Read more »

Heaven Part 3 – Will Animals or Pets be in Heaven?

Have you ever thought about how we love our pets so much?  Someone visiting from another planet would be surprised by the way we treat our dogs.  We take these furry, sometimes flea infested, time consuming, rolling in the yard, slobbery creatures into our homes.  We talk to them like they are humans, worse, like… Read more »

Heaven Part 2 – How is Heaven Different than Earth?

It should be obvious but I’ll go ahead and state this, we cannot fully know.  There are things that we do know and there are some things that are implied.  While other topics aren’t mentioned or hinted about.  Let’s start with what we know. You will not be married. In Matthew 22 some Jewish people… Read more »

Heaven Part 1 – Indescribable

Read Revelation 4:1-7.  When John is taken to heaven in Revelation chapter 4 he is overwhelmed with all that his senses are trying to comprehend.  He is a first century man taken to a place that goes beyond the edges of his imagination. To give some sort of context, how would someone from that time… Read more »

Election Day, Queen of England, Chinese Water Torture

Here we are on election day.  This is the day that many of us have looked forward to, not because we can vote but because it will be over.  I’m giddy with excitement, I feel like an Ewok on Endor after the death star was destroyed.  Dance little Ewok, dance! This has been the most… Read more »

Psalm 84:10 Bible Journaling

Mallory’s first attempt at Bible Journaling.  She used paint as the backdrop, black gel pen, colored pencils for the rose.  I think it turned out awesome, especially for a first try!

Isaiah 55:12 Bible Journaling

This was made with gel pens for the letters and acrylic paint for the festive dots.

  • Psalm 33 Bible Journaling

  • Bible Journaling Psalm 63 – I sing in the shadow of Your wings

  • Psalm 2 – Modern interpretation

    Psalm 2 – My version Can you tell me why certain countries create mayhem and contrive a futile strategy? Kings, presidents, prime ministers, and monarchs gather in a great summit with a war on their mind.  They want to attack God and His chosen people, saying, “They have us all tied up, we need to… Read more »

  • Psalm 1 – Current, relevant version

    Psalm 1 – My Version You will be so happy if you’re not dragged into listening to those who have been dragged into their own evil desires, or standing on the sidewalk near those who don’t value God or pull up a chair at the table of those who communicate their hate for God. Instead… Read more »

  • Psalm 20 – modern, personal language

    Psalm 20 – When you’re overwhelmed with a financial, a relationship, or an emotional problem, I pray that God will help solve that problem.  Not only answer your prayer but raise you above your issues. I want God to hold your hand and listen attentively as you spill your heart to Him.  When you’ve told… Read more »

  • Psalm 23 – Animal Rescuer Version

    Where I live there aren’t many shepherd so I tried to think about someone in my area who acted like a shepherd to a sheep.  What I came up with was an animal rescuer.  They are passionate and noble people who want to help neglected, abused animals, who cannot help themselves.  I think that captures… Read more »

  • Psalms 8 in modern, visual language

    Psalms 8 From the crowded streets of Calcutta to the magnificent tropical rainforest in Brazil to the colorful houses dotting the coast of Greenland, Your name God is beyond all others.  You made the sky and it speaks to Your greatness. Even within the babble of a baby or the nonsense of a toddler your… Read more »

  • Compliments

    It’s rare, as in never, when someone gives me a real compliment that I don’t enjoy receiving it.  A genuine word of affirmation can live on in someone’s memory for years to come.  The speaker might forget it, but the recipient remembers. But what about compliments given with a motive?  There are people who try… Read more »

  • Personal

    When a translator converts the Bible into a new language, it opens the Bible to a new group of people and that’s amazing.  There are very few Christ followers who would complain about that because it expands the influence of Christianity. Have you ever thought that a translation isn’t the only way to expand the… Read more »

  • Paul, a Counter Cultural Icon

    In our study of the New Testament, we often stress the Roman part of the culture in the first century, but that was mostly politics and military.  As you read past the first 4 books of the New Testament you realize that there was a strong Greek influence with language, religion and culture. The New… Read more »