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A Letter to my Bridegroom-Self

Dear Bridegroom Me,

This is a letter is from me - that is from yourself - in the year 2017.

(No, cars still don't fly.)

In a couple of days you’ll get married to a girl that you’re very much in love with. I’m writing this letter to you because you’re stupid. And as you’re stupid, there are 7 things you really need to know in order to save yourself a lot of pain in the years of married life ahead of you.
1. Value intimacy over sex. Now I know that you’re going to have to go back and read that a few times. It still doesn’t seem to make sense, does it? Right now you’re a 21 year old virgin just two days away from your honeymoon – all you’re thinking about is boobs.
Don’t deny it - I know you are.
Now, don’t misunderstand me, sex will be a lot of fun. Though the quality of this dynamic will vary with the seasons that your marriage goes through, you’ll remain a fan of the activity. But as the years go on, that’s not really what you’ll value most. Now sex and intimacy certainly aren’t exclusi…

Elijah and the Hate Preachers

We live in a world where it can be difficult to discern the voice of a prophet who hates sin from the voice of preacher who hates sinners. But from Heaven’s perspective, these two characters are as dissimilar as the East and the West. But our culture rarely distinguishes between despising what a man does and despising who a man is.
Elijah could be severe. He could be violent. He slew the prophets of Baal and called down fire on God’s enemies. But he was not driven by hate. He was not immaturely making denunciations of others who had personally hurt him. He didn’t want Ahab to die. Elijah wanted him to repent from the influence of Jezebel and be redeemed. And it’s that ultimate goal of redemption that separates the words of a piercing prophetic voice from that of a hate preacher (think Steven Anderson or Westboro Baptist). 

Before a true prophet’s words whip anyone, he first weeps over them in the private place of prayer. His words may be hard, but his heart is soft.
Those who have heart…

Holy Halloween?

As heated as the political scene may be, it pales in fervor to the fervour with which Christians will debate Halloween. This battle of ideas will be waged from the beaches of church pews to the hills of Facebook. There will be shots fired and people unfriended.
But what cyber surfing culture warrior would be complete without some historical trivia and theological sanity? Here you go...

The Background Story
The devil would love to steal All Hallow’s Eve (Halloween) away from Christians. He is making good progress at it too.
All Hallow’s Eve is neither American nor pagan in heritage. The name should be obvious enough. Hallow means ‘holy’ (‘Hallowed be thy name’) and it marks a three-day celebration of the victory of Jesus over the powers of darkness as experienced by departed saints and Christian martyrs - with November 1st being All Saints Day. These type of celebrations have happened since the 300’s AD and the date became formalised on the Church calendar in 835 AD by Pope Gregory.

Confessions of a Lonely Christian

Loneliness has been a regular visitor in my life since I was a teenager. He rarely announces in advance when he’s going to stop by. He doesn’t ring or text. He could swing by when I’m in a crowd or on my own. 
Loneliness likes to surprise me like that.
Sure, sometimes his visits make sense. Loneliness may come singing his sad tunes when I perceive a slight from a friend. Unmet expectations from those I care about can open the door for his arrival. But other times he seems to come for no apparent reason – when relationships and work seem to be going well. I can be joyful and at peace for a good while... then loneliness drops a surprise kiss on my soul like a fart from hell.
Like all Christians, I also experience temptations to sin. Nothing exotic – just the ordinary type of damnables. But loneliness in itself is not sinful to feel – it’s a form of brokenness and a symptom of living in a fallen world. Other Christians deal with other types of brokenness like depression or doubt. But neit…