Who Said That?

Who Said That?

I’m not sure when or why we started calling him Sir Rob.  I mean he’s not British and as far as I know the Queen has not knighted him.  But Sir Rob just kind of feels like a knight. He’s ex-military and a tough guy but yet carries an air of nobility and wisdom with him that makes you feel like you’re talking with someone in the English Parliament. Except of course when he’s making jokes and swimming in dry humor.  Which I suppose is a lot of the time. But still, Sir Rob just fits.

I also don’t recall when I first heard him pose the question.  I’ve heard it a lot though.  Another one of my friends gets down on himself and begins a degradation process. You know; the “I’m an idiot” type talk.  I’ve done that. Maybe you have.  But right after my friend told himself how bad he was Sir Rob followed up with the question of; “really, who said that?”  In other words, who said he was an idiot, failure, or other? (more…)

Do Christ Followers Really Hate Gays?

Do Christ Followers Really Hate Gays?

Earlier this morning a friend noted a New York Times article from yesterday addressing the political aftermath of the shooting at a gay night club in Orlando.  In the write up the author stated that prior to a recent congressional vote, a “Republican congressman read his colleagues a Bible verse from Romans that calls for the execution of gays.” The truth of the matter is that the book of Romans in the Bible says no such thing.  This type of paid journalism, beyond being unprofessional and dishonest, is part of what is propagating the myth in our present culture that Bible believing Christians hate gays.

Yes, a section of Romans chapter 1 does speak of giving into homosexual temptations as being outside of God’s design but it nowhere calls for hatred and violence toward those people by Christ followers.  Indeed there are cultish groups like the Westborow Baptist Church that spew hatred toward others.  However this does not speak of authentic Christianity.  While people who hold to an authoritative view of scripture may not agree with gay-marriage, they do not hate those who practice such. On the contrary, they love them despite their differences.

This can be easily illustrated by the response of Chick fil-A Sunday following the shooting in Orlando. (more…)

God’s Creation and The Future Kingdom.

God’s Creation and The Future Kingdom.

A HUGE thanks goes out to the anonymous folks at C4 who gave us a cruise for our 25th wedding anniversary.  I told Ronda, our admin, that I was probably more relaxed after a few days into the sail than I’ve been in 10 years or so. It was a good time to decompress and just celebrate our marriage commitment and also God’s creation.  For those who live in the Houston area; the ocean water really does turn blue once you get a few miles out from Galveston.  It was incredible to see and experience the colors of the sea, sky, greenery and animals of Cozumel and Progreso.

But beyond that, it was amazing to see the international makeup of the crew on the ship that carried us on our anniversary adventure.  I had heard of cruises like this before.  The complement of the crew was comprised of people from all over the world. Western and Eastern European nations.  Russia and Slavic nations.  People from the UK, Australia, and South Africa.  Countries from Asia, South America, and other were all represented. (more…)

25 Years With The Debster!

25 Years With The Debster!

That’s right! Today marks the 25th anniversary for Deb and me. Earlier today I went up to Deb’s school and surprised her with an anniversary ring and a second proposal.  Big thanks to Kayla Stanfield for setting up the logistics.  For everyone who missed the occasion; my “Re- Proposal” went something like this:

Deborha, 25 years ago today we made a promise. I made one to you and you made one to me. More importantly, we made a covenant promise before God, the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.  We‘ve kept that promise.  We’ve been faithful to the covenant.  We’ve had quite the adventure. (more…)

Kenyan Report and Words of Encouragement!

Kenyan Report and Words of Encouragement!

“I lift up my eyes to the hills; where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the maker of Heaven and Earth.”  That was my theme.  David’s prayer from Psalms 121:1-2 is what I carried with me two weeks ago when I headed out to Kenya to help with an amazing ministry called Marked Men For Christ.  The purpose of MMFC is singular and that is simply to build stronger men for Jesus Christ.  That is exactly what we did with around 325 men from several nations all converging near Nakuru, Kenya.  For my part, I had the privilege of leading two prayer teams during our time there and the transformation in the lives of men was miraculous.  Below is a link to the report I gave yesterday at Cypress Crossings.  Part of the message was ministry report but most of it was a sermon of encouragement. I hope it will be a blessing to you in your walk.  Thank you again to everyone who lifted this project up in prayer and financial support. The time was incredibly productive with even eternal ramifications.

Lift Up Your Eyes from Cypress Crossings on Vimeo.