Category Archives: jesus

What Would Jesus’ Bumper Stickers Say?

Let’s say Jesus was here today. That he started His earthly ministry in 2015. Let’s assume he had to have a car to travel to places. Maybe a Prius. Heck, maybe he’d have a Hummer. Who knows? Maybe an AMC Gremlin. That might be an important topic of debate. What I’m wondering is what would Jesus’ bumper stickers say. Bumper… Read more »

Jesus Took My Scarlet Letter and Stomped On It

I remember the day I got my Scarlet Letter. You don’t need to know the details. There’s enough about it in my blog history or my book. For the first week or so, I thought about the fact that I had committed adultery. By the time I had gotten to the act of it, my heart had already hardened to… Read more »

A Monument For Satan? We Already Have One

So, apparently, this is happening : “In their zeal to tout their faith in the public square, conservatives in Oklahoma may have unwittingly opened the door to a wide range of religious groups, including Satanists who are seeking to put their own statue next to a Ten Commandments monument outside the Statehouse. “The Republican-controlled Legislature in this state known as… Read more »

Hershael York, Pt. 2: Pornography, Ministry Failure & Prevention

This is part two of my interview with Dr. Hershael York concerning fallen pastors, grace, ministry failure, and all kinds of things. If you missed part one, please go there first. If not, here is part two of our conversation. If you are looking for even more Dr. York quotables, he helped me out when I wrote my book. Dr…. Read more »

Leaning In, Not Stepping Back: Sinners As Modern Day Lepers

I wrote about this a few weeks ago, but it happened again and I have given it more thought.  I was at a social event and a woman walked up to me and told me I looked familiar. She really couldn’t tell who I was and I danced around it a bit until I told her I was former pastor… Read more »

Are Christians Allowed To Enjoy Life Following A Major Sin?

I’ve got a fallen pastor friend that I’ve grown close to. I don’t think he reads my blog, but I hope he does. He has gone through some of the same issues I went through three and a half years ago when I fell from ministry when I committed adultery. He fell a while back from his place of ministry…. Read more »

What I Would Change About The Way I Pastored

It’s been almost five years since I fell from the ministry. I don’t spend a lot of free time these days thinking about my days as  pastor. I have the occasional conversation with former church members in whom I can confide. When I do, it helps me see things from a different angle. Surely, the sin I committed, followed by… Read more »

Is Repentance Possible For The Fallen Pastor?

This is a tough issue to approach, because a lot of people are going to disagree with it. So, let me start with the easy stuff. When a pastor falls from the ministry, due to adultery, embezzlement, alcoholism, or whatever, the immediate desired response is that he repent on the spot. Repentance, as we know it, is a turning away… Read more »

People Who Cut Themselves, Martin Luther, and Jesus

I remember when she walked into my office. I had been pastoring for about five years. She was 13, had spoken to me about the pressures she was under at school to smoke, have sex, conform and do other things. Then she told me something I had never heard. She had been cutting her arms with a razor. I thought,… Read more »

How Come We’re So Darn Judgmental?

Really? What’s our deal? Jesus knew we were judgmental people. He even had to make sure it became part of the permanent record: “Judge not, that you not be judged.” (Matthew 7:1, ESV) Now, before you start up with discernment vs. judgment, let me give you my hillbilly definition of judgment vs. discernment. Let’s say you just heard Billy Bob… Read more »