You Have to Go Through Hell to Get to Heaven

I am working on a message that I hope to preach soon. Here are the rough–really rough–notes so far.  I think I should begin by looking at the macro picture of how Jesus is bringing us all to heaven, and by heaven I mean this creation made new through union with heaven when heaven comes to …

New album from Jonathan Alvear

I received Jonathan Alvear’s new album yesterday in the mail. Couldn’t wait to get it out and listen to it. I had long anticipated him recording an album. I have always loved his singing in the various meetings where I heard him sing. He sings old songs that move me deeply, songs that have powerful …

Missing the Point: Fussing About Gay Marriage

The last few days there have been several comments pro and con on my recent post “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” (See below.) The main criticism leveled by my detractors was that I should not have made the comparison between gay marriage and human/animal marriage. A couple of friends charged that this was a “red …

Knights in Shining Armor

We have heard from childhood the ancient legends of “knights in shining armor.” They traveled about the countryside, often in search of the Holy Grail, fighting giants and dragons and rescuing damsels in distress. Of course, these stories are mainly legends, and yet, the legends are rooted in truth. Indeed, many of these legends were …