With a Delta Airline Delay in Shreveport, Louisiana Does Redeemer Arlington’s Carolyn McCully Believe the Lord is Sovereign?

As I am flying back to California to help in my Mom’s illness I notice something that occurred on Twitter. Redeemer Arlington’s Carolyn McCully was delayed in Shreveport, Louisiana due to weather. When I saw her response to the delay on Twitter I knew that I had to raise this topic. This is a post about Carolyn McCully and her lack of faith in the end. After all who is Carolyn to complain about her delay on Delta when John Piper has spoken and the final word on all issues related to weather? Continue reading

An Open Letter to Andrew Smith (Lead Pastor of The Bridge Fresno)

An open letter to the Lead Pastor of The Bridge Fresno. In this post I discuss how an Evangelical Free church badly bungled a prayer request by someone whose Mom was dying in nearby St. Agnes Medical Center. This post asks some hard questions including the following…why does this church exist if it fumbles such basic sincere needs from those in the community the church claims to serve. Continue reading

The Bridge Fresno vs. Holy Spirit Catholic Church: Who was More Pastoral?

In a medical crisis that played out in my family two sides of two different churches are revealed. One was encouraging and responsive to a family in need. Another committed an epic fail by not responding to a prayer request from a former attender who sought help as his mother was deeply ill and dying in nearby St. Agnes Medical Center. This is about The Bridge Fresno which is a part of the Evangelical Free Church of America and Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Both churches are in Fresno, California. Continue reading

Evangelicals and Art: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

As I get back into writing I want to dedicate this post today to the memory of my Mom. My Mom took my sister to see The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas in Chicago in the 1970’s. My Mom enjoyed the musical and loved the dancing. It was one of her favorites. My sister spoke of seeing this musical with Alexis Smith and my Mom at her wake. Today I am going to share it with you. Its based on a true story that Playboy magazine wrote about. A crusading Houston reporter named Melvin Zindler exposed a brothel in LaGrange, Texas. It became a scandal in the state of Texas. It was popular on Broadway and launched Larry King’s career as a playwright  and was made into a movie with Dolly Parton in 1982. Songs I recommend are “Lil Ole  Bitty Pissant Country Place”,”Hard Candy Christmas”,”Bus From Amarillo” and “No Lies.” Enjoy your weekend guys! Continue reading

An Open Letter to Joe Russell (Pastor of Young Families and Junior High at Riverview Evangelical Free outside San Diego)

An open letter to Joe Russell and his family thanking him for the raw blog that he and his wife wrote. I’ve reflected on it while my Mom’s medical crisis plays out in a hospital in Fresno, California. There is much that I respect in what Joe and his wife Kim wrote. But there is also one point I wanted to tenderly make that I think needs to be clarified. Continue reading