Author Archives: Curly

Trophy or Tool?

How do you view your relationship to God? Do you see yourself as one of many prize ‘catches’ that God has rescued from the masses of rebellious humans to show the world how wonderful He is?  Perhaps, like many of the misguided television “evangelists”, you see yourself as an example of how wonderful and (materially) […]

Music Wars

There is a conflict within many church congregations in North America (and Europe to some extent) that has been going on for about 30 years now that I find not only very disturbing, but rather shallow and silly as well. I’m referring to the “music wars” – the divide between those who think only their […]

A Warrior’s Prayer

(My wife has been reading A Table In The Presence by Lt. Carey H. Cash, a U.S. Marine Chaplain. It is “the dramatic account of how a U.S. Marine battalion experienced God’s presence amidst the chaos of the war in Iraq”. I highly recommend this book to all.   — Curly) In it, Lt. Cash quotes […]

What’s the Best Bible Translation?

About once a month, I get asked two questions, which are really the same: “What is the best english language Bible translation?” and “What is your favorite translation?” My answers are that the best translation is the one you will actually read, and I don’t have a favorite translation; what translation(s) I’m using depends on […]

A Statement of Faith

Disclaimer: The following video is not the official Warrior of Faith statement of faith – it is, however, one of the best written brief universal statements of Christian belief and practice I’ve ever seen.  Thanks to Pongo for granting permission to post this version of a faith statement presented at a recent worship service. Also, […]

“Peace on Earth’ – Really?

The passage in Luke 2:8-14 is one of the most often quoted Christmas passages, particularly verse 14. “Peace on earth, goodwill toward men” is plastered on countless Christmas cards, sung is some of our most popular carols, and is the topic of many holiday specials and sermons every year. And yet, many observant people, Christian […]

Verses Out of Context #5 : Philippians 4:13

Phil 4:3 “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (English Standard Version) I can’t count how many times I’ve heard people (sometimes even preachers) say things like, “I just know I can win that marathon without any preparation. After all, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!” or “You […]

An Inconvenient Faith

I’ve noticed lately that a lot of self-proclaimed Christians in North America practice what I call ‘convenient faith’ – probably because God has been pointing out how often I do so myself! I define a convenient faith as “a professed belief and trust in Christ as long as it doesn’t require stepping out of one’s […]

Double Life?

(Here’s some powerful thoughts on repentance from Colin. – Curly) For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.  Now if I do […]