Outside the Walls: Why Literacy Matters for the Church

I met a drug dealer named Chris in Great Falls who used to go to church. All the kids from the streets loved him. He knew the importance of reaching the next generation and spent time with them, especially the fatherless and those who struggle in school. His desire was to help them have a […]

Christian Worldview and Apologetics: The Great Commission for Us

There are certain Bible verses most evangelical Christians know. There’s John 3:16. Who doesn’t know about how God so loved the world? The mere mention of John 3:16 brings “amens,” fells giants and ends all theological debate. Genesis 1:1 has that power, too. “In the beginning God created” … and we’ve been quoting it ever […]

Comic Belief: Leave It to Beaver

A college president friend of mine called and asked me, “Do you believe in free speech?” I said, “Yes.” He said, “Good. Do you believe in education?” I said, “Yes.” He said, “Good. I want you to make a free speech for education at my university.” On this particular occasion I agreed. One of the […]

Wholly Healthy: Can Grandmother Be Admitted?

So you take your grandmother to the hospital. She fell and has severe back pain. After a long, exhausting ER visit, it turns out she doesn’t have any broken bones. Nevertheless, she just can’t seem to stand up without terrible discomfort. It’s probably muscular, but walking is very difficult for her. She lives alone, so […]

Where Should I Send My Kids to School?

Pastor, where should I send my kids to school? As pastor to many young families, I get this question quite often, and I think it’s a question well worth asking. I also believe a pastor must be very wise in his answer. Like anyone, pastors have preferences, past experiences, and convictions based on their own […]

Sunday Dinner: Layered Lettuce Salad

Every household and every restaurant serves them. People living alone or large families serve them. Some say green “salat” — others say mixed salad, fresh salad, tossed salad, garden salad, etc. Regardless of the name you use, this dish is part of the menu for every household and restaurant, with the recipe varying based on […]

What Is the Purpose of School?

It is possible to go to a school and not receive a very good education, and it is also possible to be educated without the formality of school. What is the purpose of school? The short answer is to educate or to teach knowledge and how to use it. To be an educated person includes, […]

In Your Interest: Reverse Mortgage

There are a lot of commercials on television regarding reverse mortgages. They are promoted as a great way for homeowners with little or no debt on their home to be able to supplement their income for the rest of their lives by using their home equity. They have come a long way from when they […]

Outside the Walls: The Responsibility of Freedom

Her fingers slowly tied the yellow ribbon around the wire fence. It was a ritual she had done every morning, month after month, as she walked in the early morning around the farm. The field was glistening with morning dew in stark contrast to the desert where her son was currently stationed. The ribbon represented […]

Wholly Healthy: We All Need More Sleep

I have spent a great deal of my career working at night and sleeping during the day. At one point, I worked full-time night shifts for roughly seven years. Near the end of that adventure, my wife, Jan, said, “You have to stop. You aren’t healthy and you aren’t happy, and the kids have noticed […]