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Please, No More Information!

Recently I read an article that started with the following statement, Do you know what your problem is? Your problem is not that you are uninformed. That is what you might have thought your problem was. Your problem is also not that you lack information. This is a...

Why So Many Dones And Nones?

As I came out of the bookstore, I had one thought in mind, “I wish I was dead!” The thought of death was the most soothing thought I had had since I’d started college.  The year was 1971 and after two semesters of college, it was obvious...

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...

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...

How Do You Disciple An Ex-Muslim?

An American brother once told me the phrase, “ex-Muslim”, is not politically correct and I should rather use the phrase, “Muslim background believer”, or “MBB”. To which, I replied, “When a man divorces his wife, she becomes an “Ex-wife” and not a, ‘Married background woman’,...