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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

"Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed." -James 5
The Bible says that Elijah was a human being like us. He was rugged man that lived during rugged times - the 9th Century B.C. in the Ancient Near East.
Israel had been experiencing a spiritual revolution away from YHWH to pagan gods. The wicked King Ahab took a Canaanite princess, Jezebel, as his wife. Under her influence the spiritual revolution embraced the full blown sexual consequences that naturally accompany such a change in worship. Our sexuality follows our spirituality.
When Israel worshipped YHWH, sex was seen as a gift to be enjoyed between husband and wife in the safe place of marriage. Deviations from that pattern were warned against. But when Israel started worshipping Master Baal, Lady Ashtoreth, and other pagan deities a flood of other sexual practices flooded the Holy Land on national scale.
Elijah loved Israel. It broke his heart that the people of God had wandered so far from their God. He p…

Holy Halloween?

The big ugly debate is upon us.
No, not the Presidential one. This debate involves dwarves and banshees of quite another variety.
As heated as the political scene may now be, it will pale to fervor with which Christians will begin debating if and how they will celebrate what is now commonly called "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 Christi…

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…