Lessons from Lakeshore

Give Your Best Betty told us all the story of when her house burned down and they lost everything. She said the thing they missed most was all the photographs they had taken. That Christmas, her family gathered together all the photographs she had given them over the years and presented them to her in

Social Baggage Returns

After several hair-pulling weeks and countless hours of rebuilding servers and sites, Social Baggage lives once again. Here’s the scoop on what happened… Apparently, some hacker thought it would be a good idea to use my server for illegal activities. When we caught him [gender neutral] and disabled his evil schemes, it set off a


You need to read the column, Imus Isn’t the Real Bad Guy, by Jason Whitlock of the Kansas City Star. He exposes how opportunism by the likes of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton distracts from the real issues concerning the black community. Don’t by the lies of victimology. The crack-smoking, foul-mouthed, ebonic-spewing low-life with his

Purpose Driven Adversity

Today’s Bible Study is from Acts Chapters 20-28 I remember an old song we used to sing at Bethel Temple in Dayton, OH. It’s been a long time since I’ve heard it, but I recall it something like this… The last 8 chapters of Acts are action-packed. Shipwrecks, poisonous snakes, angry mobs. Paul’s life was

Suffering for Someone Else

Today’s Bible study is from Acts 16-19. Often times, we think of any suffering we have to endure as something that will eventually benefit us. We know that it builds character and that all things work together for good, etc., etc., etc. In this case, though, Paul and Silas suffered so that someone else could

Want to Be a Clone?

Today’s Bible study is from Acts 13-15. The early church was initially made up of converted Jews. That quickly changed however, when God poured out the Holy Spirit on new Gentile believers. Suddenly a question arose. Should we force the Gentiles to behave like Jews to receive salvation? Many who come (or don’t come) to

Who You Been Hangin’ With?

Today’s Bible study is from Acts 4-6. About three months prior to this incident, Peter was busy pretending he didn’t even know Jesus and John was still jockeying for a position at his right hand. Fast forward to a post-Pentecost encounter with these men and there was no denying it. They’ve been with Jesus. There

The Flood: Acts 1-3

The Flood is a New Community effort to read through the New Testament in 40 days. To learn more about it, visit CentralChurchHHI.com. A devotional journal accompanies each reading, but I thought it would be a good idea to post my thoughts here. There’s so much action in the first three chapters of Acts that

Who’s Your Daddy?

Take a good look at this picture. If ever there was an example of how a person can gain the whole world and lose their soul, it’s in the cold, dead face of Anna Nicole Smith. She had everything this world could offer. Sex, drugs, rock ‘n roll, booze, money, tv cameras and an adoring

An Inconvenient Lie?

My friend, Mike, sent me photos of the ice storm that hit Missouri this year. Texas is covered in snow. California’s produce market is going bankrupt because the hard frost won’t let up and they’re pulling dead cows out of the snow throughout the midwest. I woke up this morning and the temp was 29