Relational connections

Relational connections are superior to organizational connections. Don’t get me wrong; I am part of a church organizational structure. It is a good organization and an okay structure, but relational connections trump those formal, organizational connections every single time. Let me give you two recent examples. About 20+ years ago I met Paul and Nancy ...

“NOAH” & the Implied Warranty of Merchantability

I took a business law class decades ago as an undergrad. I have no idea now WHY I took it, but I did. Most of what I heard and read in that class is now long forgotten, but one phrase stuck: implied warranty of merchantability. Feel free to read the wiki but here’s the part ...

The World’s Biggest Mall

I love the Disney experience. Immersive escapism, allowing old guys like me to dress and act like a kid for a day or more… it’s great fun; but make no mistake — Disney Parks are really just the world’s biggest shopping mall. Let’s take the recently developed Cars Land as an example. It is a ...

“Needs” is not really the right word

There are people with genuine needs. LOTS of people with genuine needs, actually, so I am hesitant to even attach that word to the list I am making, but I don’t exactly know what to call the list… so, needs it is. Not MY needs; I am blessed beyond measure, and have pretty much what ...

Contrasting Commitment

Matthew Chapter 5 is a famous sermon recording the words of Jesus; the first section of that sermon? We call that section “The Beatitudes.” That word — BEATITUDE — comes from a Latin word that means “BLESSED”… because there are a series of verses that start with the phrase: BLESSED ARE THE… 3 “Blessed are ...

The Blue State Bubble

I’m a red state guy living in the bluest of blue states. I have often referred to this place as The People’s Republic of Hawaii. Because I am a son of the south who has lived just about half my life in Hawaii and half in the south, I have a unique perspective and a ...

A Biblical Worldview

The Church as a Contrast Society (A Biblical Worldview) Everyone reads the Bible through filters — sometimes LOTS of filters. 

I know… people sometimes say, “Well, I just believe the BIBLE – that is my doctrine.” Sounds good, until you dissect that and realize that everyone reads the Bible through filters. You and I read ...

What I am learning

Watching this political theater in Hawaii this week has been a roller coaster ride of emotions. Here are a few random observations, in no particular order: • The Hawaii Democratic Party is owned, and will always march lockstep with the national Democrats, convinced that they know best, and public opinion does not sway them. • ...

Creeping Incrementalism

When Hawaii dealt with the issue of Civil Unions for same-sex couples in February of 2011 many people who have moral objections to homosexuality in general said, “Well… okay. I still believe homosexuality is wrong, and is not good for society, but I am a fair person, and if this grants more citizen rights to ...

The 2nd overthrow of Hawaii

115 years ago, in 1898, in an act of perfidy, the Kingdom of Hawaii was unjustly overthrown. We are witnesses to history this week: the 2nd overthrow of Hawaii. The leadership of the Hawaii Democratic Party have plotted this overthrow and allied themselves with a tiny minority to engineer a societal upheaval of major magnitude. ...