I saw Satan laughing with delight…

In Don McLean’s hit song, American Pie, there is a line that says, “I saw Satan laughing with delight the day the music died.”  Don wasn’t a bad theologian.

The song, which is eight minutes thirty-three seconds in length, is loaded with cultural references, some cryptic and some obvious.  His inspiration for writing the song came after three of the worlds most famous musicians died together in a plane crash in 1959 – Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and JP “The Big Bopper” Richardson.  But he didn’t write the song in 1959.  In 1959, McLean was only 13 years old.


Fair Isn’t Easy

It’s easy to be unfair.  It takes time and mental effort to really be fair.  Most people don’t want to do that, which creates a lot of our current world problems.


Avoid Simplification…Sometimes

I know already that it’s a losing battle to try to get you to avoid simplification, but hear me out.  In some ways, simplification is a good thing.


Pressure or Principle

There are two things that determine how we respond to others – pressure and principle. 

For instance, say you are out with your family or friends and someone asks the impossibly daunting question, “Where are we going to eat?” (Sarcasm intended, but seriously, why is this such a hard decision?)


Ordinary or Extraordinary?

You’ve probably heard the saying before, “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.”  It’s a bit of a cheesy saying, but true nonetheless.

In the case of Daniel, it took great courage for Daniel as a teenage, prisoner slave, to stand up to his captors, the mightiest nation in the world, and decide that he would not break God’s law to please them or to blend in.


Young Daniel

Our new series will begin with a teenager named Daniel.  I think it’s very important to not forget his age.

When we think of Daniel, I think most of us see that picture in our head of the man with the gray beard in the lion’s den, but when the Book of Daniel begins with Daniel as a young man.

Daniel was a very impressive, very well-educated young man with more character and integrity as a teenager than most people achieve in their whole life.


Nothing New

As we finish up our current series this Sunday, I’m very excited, and already looking forward to our new series, called, Nothing New: The Uncompromising Christ in a Compromising Culture.

Don’t get me wrong, Jesus will continue to be the focus of every lesson.  Nothing other than Christ will ever take center stage in any sermon that I preach, but what I will emphasize and the primary question that I will answer is, “How do I live in this increasingly bizarre world?”


Light in Dark Places

Adventures in wild places has always been my favorite pastime.  Whether it be the exploration of forests, mountains, canyons, deserts, caves, beaches, rivers or any other wild place, laying my eyes on places I’ve never seen is one of the things I like best.


A Wonderful, Final Message

One of my favorite passages in the Bible is Revelation 22:12-21.  If you’re not familiar, this is the last part of the last chapter of the Bible.  The words are the words of Christ.  Here’s what He says:


The Big Picture

In our day to day lives, as we look at the world we live in, it is impossible to tell how God is working on a large scale.  This wasn’t always the case.

In the Old Testament, God made his large scale plan clear many times: