People Are Leaving The Church To Save Their Faith. What?!

Have you ever heard of someone leaving the church in order to save their faith? That seems so paradoxical, yet it is true for hundreds of millions of people around the world. Countless articles, studies, blogs, and books have examined this phenomenon, the reasons behind...

The Secret Confessions Of A Househusband!

I am a househusband! There, I said it. This wasn’t a decision I made willingly, but in ‘06, after parting ways with a mission organization I worked for, I decided to become a self-employed public speaker. I figured after 35 years of faithful ministry among Muslims, with...

If You Don’t Change Them, They Will Swallow You UP!

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="178"] Change[/caption] On the Sunday after 9/11 my message to my Iranian church started by me asking the following question and answer. Who put a gun to your head and demanded that you leave Iran and come to America? If you don’t like living in...

Us Against Them

“I am sick and tired of being called derogatory names,” bemoaned my friend. “Just because I believe in traditional marriage, that doesn’t make me a homophobe. If I say I am against killing the unborn, that doesn’t mean I am against women exercising their rights. I...

Preaching Butt-Naked

On that Wednesday night, I started my message by asking my audience the following question: “Coming to church, did any one of you see the man standing butt-naked at the off ramp of 118 Freeway and Porter Ranch? He was holding a sign saying something...

Do I have To Like My Neighbor?

A few years after Karen and I were married, we started attending a small Charismatic church in our neighborhood. Our small and friendly church was literally adjacent to a very conservative church—we shared a common retaining wall. Years earlier, the church had purchased a...

The Persecution Of Gays Vs. The Persecution Of Christians

As I was watching the news, there they were, a group of gay activists pouring Coca Cola down the gutter in front of the company’s global headquarters in Atlanta. This was the US gay community’s way of protesting the poor treatment of gays in Russia.   “But,...

This Church Will Die Out In One Generation…

“When you die, your epithet will say, ‘He was way ahead of his time, so no one understood him, ” once one of my church elders told me.   With his hand literally on the small of my back ushering me out of his office, the district...

When Leaders Are Called Losers

I don’t like the Vietnam era or anything related to it. I lived in the midst of it, had friends who lost relatives in the war and friends who fought in the war and were never the same.  For that reason, as much as I...

Are You A Heat-Waver?

Have you watched the show, “King of the Hill”? It’s one of the very few animated TV shows that tells stories with moral values. In Season 12, Episode 4 (“Four Wave Intersection”), Bill — a depressed, divorced, and overweight character on the show — becomes...