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I find myself troubled today…

Posted by PW on November 7, 2012

…not so much about the election.  Americans have voted for a larger, more paternalistic federal government and, while I personally disagree, the argument can be made for a larger, centralized federal government. I am greatly concerned at the number of Christians that I see and hear who, quite frankly, don’t seem to think very much like Christians.  It should not surprise us when the world around us rejects Christian morals, values and theology, but I am deeply troubled by the seemingly growing number of Christians who readily accept “gay marriage,” think that government ought to “take care of people,” and believe that Jesus w...[Read More]


Posted by PW on October 30, 2012

To fear or not to fear… We have survived what had been called “Frankenstorm” – aka hurricane Sandy.  Perhaps feeling that it was their duty, the mass media in the run up to the actual storm dubbed it “the storm of the century.”  In reality, it was barely a category 1 (hurricane Katrina, which devastated parts of New Orleans in 2005, was a category 5).  I don’t know if journalists have a moral compulsion to warn of impending danger or if they just can’t help themselves from over-hyping a story in a vain attempt to gain ratings and viewers.  The cynical me leans towards the latter, but for sake of argument, let’s go wit...[Read More]

Row Row Row The Boat.

Posted by Josh Schlotterbeck on October 13, 2012

I have always wondered why Jesus chose fisherman as the core leaders for his management team. I have a sneaking suspicion that it has to do with the boat. Not because Jesus liked boats but because being a successful commercial fishermen requires team work. Jesus knew that if you can get all the people in your organization rowing in the same direction you will dominate your industry. It's not finances or cash flow management. It's not strategy or technology. But teamwork that gives any organization the ultimate competitive advantage. Is it any wonder that Jesus chose a bunch of fishermen to forge a team of world sh...[Read More]

Operate with Expectations

Posted by Josh Schlotterbeck on October 6, 2012

Matthew 14:16 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.” Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” On the heals of the death of John the baptist, Jesus is emotionally charged and retreats to a remote place. Because of his popularity thousands of people follow him and expect him to minister to them. And that’s what he does. He ...[Read More]

The fogotten “essential”

Posted by PW on October 3, 2012

“In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity.” – Augustine So it turns out that it really wasn’t Augustine who said this; the earliest it is found is the 17th century (Augustine lived in the 4-5th century), in a little tract written by an “otherwise undistinguished German Lutheran theologian” – Rupertus Meldenius.  (Source)  Kind of a shame, when you think about it:  Poor old Rupert, hardly remembered for anything, and even perhaps the g...[Read More]