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I’m a businessman, elder in one of the more conservative mega churches in Grand Rapids, Michigan and for over 25 years a full time spiritual mentor of men. I love introducing people to Jesus and truth from God’s perspective. I’m also an NPR listener and student of our culture because I want to understand how the world and a younger generation think, so I’m prepared to engage in conversations which are true to the Bible, intellectually honest and gracious.

Following Jesus is the only hope I have of living this life with purpose, energy and expectation. I hope to end my days on earth still meeting young men at Starbucks who have no interest in God, being the patriarch of my family, cheering them on to godliness, making sad people smile and the lonely – laugh, giving the poor hope, pointing wayward men back to their families, teaching the whole counsel of God and keeping myself unstained – God’s reputation and mine intact.

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It’s Not a Salvation Issue
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I was recently on a Christian college campus in Ohio. A friend of mine and I were there speaking on the subject of homosexuality, specifically how Christians ought to be more kind to LGBT+ people, even as we hold true to the historical Christian understanding on that issue.

One student thought she would settle the question of same-sex, sexual relations and marriage using the age-old solution we’ve all heard; “Well, it’s not a salvation issue.” That takes care of that!

Here’s the question, I’m going to try to answer:
If a moral issue does not directly prevent us from salvation, does that mean God is indifferent to our moral choices?
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Good Friday Revisited: Jesus Deserved to Die
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This past week, I met with a young Christian who asked why Jesus, innocent of any sin had to die on the cross. Here’s how our dialogue went:

Why would God kill his innocent son? 

My answer surprised him. “Because Jesus wasn’t innocent.”
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Christians Don’t Encourage Singleness Enough
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“I can’t believe Mary’s daughter still isn’t married. She’s 32, has a great job, loves the Lord and nice looking. You’d think there would be all kinds of guys interested in her. I wonder what the problem is.”

Have you ever heard a conversation like this? Of course you have! The question is where in the world did we get the idea that marriage is to be valued above singleness?

Most of us think of singleness as an interim stage, a period of life that you get through like standing in the line, waiting for a ride at Disney World. No one wants to be there, but we just have to grin and bear it if we want the thrill of riding Space Mountain. Singleness is rarely viewed in a positive light in the U.S. and especially among Christians. We don’t quite say it, but the implication in the opening conversation is that singleness is bad. Not morally wrong – just a shame they can’t find the right one.

Where did we get that notion? Not from the Bible.
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Engineering a More Purposeful Life
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This blog is primarily for men, but applicable for every true follower of Jesus.

Have you noticed that nearly all the great stories follow the same story line? Things were once good, then something awful happens and someone or something evil destroys that good life, a hero rises up, risk his or her life, destroys the villain, rescues the situation, sets things right again, good triumphing over evil and they all live happily ever after. Think about it! From our childhood fairy tales The Shawshank Redemption, Braveheart, LeMiserables, Titanic, Star Wars, Gladiator and Lord of the Rings, this story line holds true. Why do you think that is?

It’s because all of these stories borrow their power from the Grand Story woven into the fabric of our being. It’s the storyline of the Bible. It’s part of our spiritual DNA! Humans were created in the image of God and every person no matter how far they’ve wandered from God, knows that something is terribly wrong with this world. We long for someone or something to rescue us from whatever, or whoever it is that frightens us, or holds us captive. And every man dreams of being the hero, rescuing others from injustice and evil and winning the respect of our peers. This is the story line of our hopes. Because it’s the storyline of God.
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