Is it OK for Christians to Use Marijuana?

Only recently has it even occurred to me to address this topic.  But now that 18 states including New York have legalized marijuana for recreational use, we should consider the morality of using this psycho-active drug.  Let's start with basics.  Morality is a theory about what behaviors le

Fit for the Fight

I’ve always been a big fan of the Navy Seals. From raw recruits the SEAL team members evolve into possibly the most elite fighting force in the world. They train relentlessly, push the limits of physical, mental, and emotional endurance and, in the process, form bonds that last a lifetime. There is

Henrietta’s Unique Gospel Opportunity

It was heart-breaking to hear the stories of Afghani students whose families were left behind in Afghanistan.  I spoke with Ibrahim, a student at RIT, at a welcome picnic for international students our church hosted last month.  He had already come back for the fall term when panic about

SERIES OVERVIEW: BLESSED

Have you ever felt crushed because a dream you cherished didn't come to pass?  That disappointment may be some of the deepest pain you've ever experienced.  But here is some good news: that pain can lead you to the best discovery you've ever made.  It can lead you to experience true

Apologetics – Defending Your Faith

In a poignant scene from the movie Courageous, Nathan gives David an explanation of his faith. He was having a gut-wrenching painful discussion with David, and he was able to pivot to a testimony about God’s justice, mercy, and forgiveness and explain that in God’s eyes we are all sinners, but

Can’t Breathe Without Community

A man once told me he was getting a lot out of Sunday worship but stopped coming.  "That makes no sense, why would you stop something you're enjoying?", I asked.  He replied, "I feel awkward around people.  I'd rather stay home."  No way would I accept that.  "Then you can'

Avoiding Burnout

The Christian journey is a lifetime one. The journey is long and has its ups and downs. It requires perseverance, patience, and discipline. The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27: “Don’t you know that the runners in a stadium all race, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way

Why are Black people calling me “Brother” more?

          Last week I was waiting in line at the bank and decided to ask the lady behind me if she knew any good jokes.  "Only dirty ones," she said with a glint in her eye.  So I said: "Where are mediocre things made?"  She stared bac

Be Careful Where You Pitch Your Tent

Be Careful Where You Pitch Your Tent Be careful where you pitch your tent. If you are careless when deciding where you will pitch your tent, lots of bad things can happen. Rain can cause a flash flood which can wash you and your tent away. You could pitch it on top of an anthill and spend the ni

Connecting with a New Pastor

          Here's a sample of a nightmare conversation with the new pastor. You:     Come in pastor, would you like something to drink? Him:    Yes, whatever you have is great. You:     (bringing in a glass)   So… ho