Wednesday, December 30, 2015

HELP! We're Out of Commission!

Yesterday morning (12/29), the studio computer assumed room temperature. The hard drive is corrupted, at least 25% of the RAM is out, and the motherboard is starting to have issues. Granted, I've nursed the old girl long past her useful life and pushed her beyond her limits. When I bought it back in '10, it was the state of the art. Now, not so much. It's bad enough that I'm not certain that I'll be able to recover the data on it. (Prayers really appreciated on that one)

The problem is that it was the only computer in the house. All the rest of our work and other sundry activities are done on tablets and phones. Everything for Jesus' Outsider production, videos, and design is on that machine. We are completely dead in the water without it. Nothing can move forward until the machine is replaced. That includes the Sex, Porn, and Freedom Conference. I can't even finish the updated Jesus' Outsider site reflecting the new direction and expansion.

If you've been following the last several posts and episodes, then you know that we have paused the work on planting Freedom Church and are putting everything into Jesus' Outsider Ministries. That includes expanding the reach of the program, moving into additional areas of media ministry, and conferences. In this modern age, all of that requires a functional, media production capable computer. Unfortunately, this isn't something we can purchase off the shelf at the local Best Buy.

In order to move forward, we need a machine capable of running the current versions of the software we use. We've been limping along on old, outdated versions of Adobe Creative Suite that isn't supported by Adobe anymore. Bare minimum needs for the computer, software updates, and other miscellaneous gear come up to close to $2500. That's way more than I found in the cushions of our couch.

Many of you are very interested in the program continuing and in our conferences, especially the Sex, Porn, and Freedom seminar. As I said, none of that can happen without a fully functional computer. I'm asking you to prayerfully consider supporting us in this hour of immediate need. There's a PayPal button on this page and on the Jesus' Outsider site under the "Support" tab. We tried Patreon but this isn't the kind of need that fits well into a site for supporting artists.

Please, prayerfully consider how you can help. We need everything we can get. As a bonus, everyone who donates $25 will receive a free ticket to the conference and a conference tee shirt (design pending).  Anything received above and beyond the immediate need will go to the conference costs.

Thanks you for supporting our efforts.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Looking Forward

Usually, the last broadcast of the year is a chance to look back but not this time. Time to look ahead. What might the next year hold? Is there reason for hope amidst the darkness that seems to be gathering at such an alarming rate?

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Monday, December 21, 2015

A Different Kind of Christmas Message

You've already heard about Jesus' humble birth. You've sang the Christmas carols. You know the story. It's time to hear a different message this Christmas beyond Jesus' being the reason for the season.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Big Announcements!

It's time to kick this thing up a notch! What does the future of Jesus' Outsider hold? You, my wonderful listeners have had a lot to say about it. Big announcements in this episode that you won't want to miss. The Lord is doing huge things and is letting us play in it!

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Repentance and Retooling

There are times when we all must face some hard truths. That time is now. It's time to make some serious changes to this program for God's glory. Details in today's episode.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Time For A Little Retooling

I've been podcasting for seven and a half years. During that time I've reinvented the program several times. It started out as the Wicket Gate Podcast (Yes, that's a Pilgrim's Progress reference), became Foundational Truth, Foundations when it briefly went into syndication, Madman in Crazytown for politics, and finally Jesus' Outsider.

The current program is by far the best listened to of the entire run. In many ways, it's also the best. However, it's still been primarily a hobby ministry, a way for me to keep my chops up while I've been taking a break from pastoring a local church. That's partly why there have been times when the broadcast has been a little hit or miss. It's also why there hasn't been a set time signature since the Madman days.

I do put a lot into each episode, at least the content. I've done a some episodes that I have really been proud of over the last four years. A few have garnered a lot of attention and a lot of listeners while some of my best had below average hits. When I don't have time to prepare, I just don't do one. I too often let the affairs of daily life get in the way. But, as a hobby, it really didn't matter. I take the content very seriously but didn't sweat it too much if I missed one. Quality over quantity has been the motto.

The truth is, my listeners deserve better. The Lord deserves better. In our media-obsessed culture, the more voices crying out with the truth, the better. I have been convicted by the Holy Spirit that I need to take this platform He gave me more seriously. The content is not going to change much but I'm going to put more into the production and into building an audience.

To date, the only money spent every on the program (apart from the equipment) has been the monthly hosting fees and cost of the site. I haven't put anything into finding people to listen or read any of my assorted blogs. With the Lord making some updates to my calling and occupation, I need to do more with the program and blogs than I have for the past few years and that includes putting some money to promoting both. I have a good start but I need to do more to fulfill what I've been called to do.

I am also going to put more into the production of each episode. That includes better a intro and outro. I'm not changing the music, especially the intro. They're instrumental rock music from a close friend and easily one of the best all-around guitarists I've ever come across. (Check out all of his stuff here.) I am going to recruit someone else for the introduction and tagline at the end. I'm not sure who yet, but I have some thoughts.

In order to make the show more radio friendly, I'm also implementing a set duration time for the program like I did when I broadcast the previous incarnations. I haven't fully figured out what that time needs to be but it will most likely be between twenty-five and twenty-seven minutes.

The website is also going to be upgraded and integrated with the other sites ( (currently a blog while the main site is being rebuilt), Freedom Church, and Deep Mystery Studio) that are a big part of this change. I am building something I've never had before.

The changes I'm planning will go into effect the first of the year along with several others that will be announced here and other outlets. This is just one part of a much larger picture as the Lord integrates all of the areas of my life for His glory.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Thankful in a Thankless World

Thanksgiving is a reminder of something we are losing as a culture. It's not a shopping day or even about the turkey. It's a reminder of something more, much more.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015


We have become adverse to real suffering in the Western Church. Much of the church has doctrine that teaches that true followers of Christ with big enough faith don't. What does the Word say?

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Evil Times and The End of Days

Terror attacks in Paris, Beirut, and Baghdad, earthquakes in Japan and Mexico, and rising immorality and violence around the world and here in the United States. Nations are rising against nations, kingdoms against Kingdoms. We are truly in evil times but are we in the last days?

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Divided by Offense

Protests and tensions at Mizzou are symptoms of greater issues but not necessarily the ones they think they are. In this age of offense, what are the real problems? More importantly, how do these issues affect our ability to share the Gospel?

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Monday, November 9, 2015


Offended by the red holiday cups at Starbucks? Is that really the way you want to go? In this age of the perpetually offended, can the followers of Christ afford to be among them?

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

No Nudes Ain't Good News

On 10/13, Playboy announced that the women in their pages are no longer going to be nude. Many commentators are heralding this change as good news. I'm not convinced. In fact, I'm pretty sure it's not.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Life In B-Band

Are you on the fringe, never really fitting in? You try so hard to be what everyone wants, to be one of the "cool kids" but never quite hit the mark. If so, this one's for you. 

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Monday, October 5, 2015

The Balance

Preaching the Gospel is essential. Then why is there so much argument on how it is to be preached. Some say only preach one thing, some say another. What if they both right and both wrong?

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Why

Why do I strive for truth? What drives me to investigate teachings and oppose ear tickling preaching so strongly? Please tune in to this very personal episode for a dose of truth, grace, and driving compassion.

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Monday, September 28, 2015

The Law Fulfilled, Part 2

The law matters. Yes, we are saved by grace. By the works of the law no flesh is justified. However, Jesus fulfilled the law and told us that not one jot or tittle would pass away. How can these two seemingly contradictory statements be reconciled? Part 2 of 2.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Fulfilled Law, Part 1

We are under grace not the law, and there is much to be thankful for in that truth. When Jesus came and fulfilled the law, what does that mean? Even though followers of Christ aren't under the law, how does it relate to us? Part one deals with the first two parts of the law and how Jesus fulfilled them on the cross.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Sinnin' Saints

Our flesh constantly makes war with the Spirit within us. If we fall to it, there is a remedy. The Word makes clear our response not only to our own sin but to that of our brothers and sisters.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Even The Elect

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables." These teachers are everywhere these days. What are the marks of these teachers?

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Pound of Cure

Is there life after an affair? Whether the person used #AshleyMadison, another site, or the old fashioned way to cheat, it's not over for either of you. Tune in to find hope in a pound of cure.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Ounce of Prevention

Want to know how to keep a marriage whole? Looking at why people cheat through the lens of Scripture gives a lot of insight on adultery proofing your marriage. A few basic principles that might just keep you off #AshleyMadison.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Cultural Disease

The #AshleyMadison hack has had at least one positive, we're talking about it. Is it really the problem or just a symptom of a much greater sickness? Things are changing around us and, unfortunately, in us as well. We'll look at some statistics, some Scripture, and some truth.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Ashley Madison, Sin, and Addiction

Unless you've been under a rock for the last week, you know that the adultery centered site Ashley Madison was hacked and the data from that hack is starting to become public. In the midst of this, two observations come to mind. One regards a double standard in the reporting in the Christian press and bloggers and the observation regards now former reality star Josh Duggar and others like him. You don't want to miss this one.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

The Internal War

The real attack from Satan is not in the culture, it's inside the church. Learn the five main heresies that are creating havoc within the Body of Christ and greatly damaging our spiritual effectiveness and witness.

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Real War

The church seems to be losing on every front. No one who understands truth can argue that dark times are upon us. If anything is to change, we need to change some things to be able to engage in the Real War.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Responding to The SCOTUS Ruling

By now, everyone knows about the Supreme Court ruling of 6/26 making gay marriage the law of the land. If you were shocked by the decision, perhaps you need to listen. The church is in a precarious position. How do we go forward? What lesson does this fight hold for us?

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Curses & Cussing

Scripture tells us to bless and not curse. What does that really mean? Is cussing the same thing as cursing?

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Monday, June 15, 2015

The Church, PTSD, and Other Mental Illnesses

Conversations about PTSD and other mental illnesses are increasing. As this interest and awareness grows, the church needs to respond. What's our track record and how do we go forward from here?

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Unpopular Part of Love

No one likes to be disciplined. We correct our children when they mess up so they won't do it again. Why? Because we love them. Once we're adopted through the blood of Jesus, we're God's children.  This is the unpopular side of God' love.

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Children of God

You've heard it said a lot. TV, movies, regular folks, and even some preachers say it. "We're all God's Children." Are we?

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Touch of Grace

We all need it whether we know it or not. Given freely to all who ask for it. Undeserved, this Touch of Grace, the only way to gain real freedom.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Celeb Scandals And Shooting our Own

Last week, a scandal rocked the church hard. The once perfect Duggars have sin in their lives. What Josh did was horrible but our response has been less than perfect. Do we really love to see our heroes fall?

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Four Churchians

Four Churchians, all in your church. Who are they? What do we do with them? What do we do if we see them in the mirror?

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Monday, May 18, 2015


This week, Pew released a survey comparing the religious climate in the United States especially Christianity. The articles have very strong headlines but the conclusions may not be the only possible ones. In fact, some of it may not be as bad as it may seem while some far worse.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

We Interrupt This Program

Instead of the planned continuation of our current series, please listen to this important message. At the National Day of Prayer ceremony, the Lord spoke to me very clearly. I felt conviction and a need to repent. I'm not alone.

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Churchianity, The Defiled Religion

You know them. You may know lots of them. Sometimes, they're perfect in every way. Others do all the right things, say all the right things. They're the Churchians and their religion, Churchianity, is more common than it should be and is a destructive force on people's lives.

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Double Standards

Our culture is full of double standards, some real, some perceived. There are many movements that are attempting to counter these standards, often with disastrous results. Most of these are counter to the truth of Scripture, but there is one that is Biblical. It might surprise you.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Love in Truth

The church is in a battle for our very existence. Love must be at the center of the debate. Not only how we define love but in how we conduct this argument.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

There's Love And Then There's Love

The great debate facing the church today is about more than just rights. It's about defining love and how one behaves when acting upon it. After all, there's love and then there's love.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Easter Special

It's the event you've all been waiting for! That's right, it's the Jesus' Outsider Easter Special! What makes this episode so special? Tune in to find out!

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Monday, March 30, 2015

The Essentials 5: The Church

Too many people claim that all they need is "Jesus and me" and that they don't need the church. There are even some who claim to be followers of Jesus and profess to hate the church. There is a truth in Scripture about the nature of His church and our place in it. What is that truth?

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Essentials: Salvation

The next essential is the point of our faith, the salvation found only in Jesus. How do we find that redemption and what does it mean?

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Monday, March 16, 2015

The Essentials: Sin

When we tell people they need to be saved, what are they being saved from? The next essential doctrine is the nature of the problem we all face as humans, sin and its consequence.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Essentials 2: Christ

In all of the world, in all of history, no one has ever been like Him. Jesus in all His fullness is the next essential truth that anyone who claims the name Christian must hold. 

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Monday, March 9, 2015

The Essentials: The Word

The first essential doctrine that we must hold to is the one from which all others must flow. That's why it's the most attacked. If we are to be followers of Christ and stand against the tide of evil in this world, the Word must be our foundation.  Get equipped to stand upon it.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Why of The Essentials

The big thing that's been brewing is starting. If we are to grow and continue as a church, there are truths we must embrace, the Essentials of the Christian faith.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Tyranny of The Urgent

I first came across the concept in business. There's a list of tasks that need to be prioritized and completed. Once sorted in to their proper order, the items on the list need to be checked off in order of importance. Inevitably, something happens that throws the list into chaos. Under normal circumstances, this usually isn't an issue because once the new issue is resolve, the normal priorities return. The problem happens when this happens over and over again. Urgent problems take the place of the truly important things that need to get done. This is the Tyranny of The Urgent and it's destroying lives in ways that few recognize. It's one of the most potent weapons in arsenal of the enemy.

The urgent gets in the way of the important and prevents us from actually getting anywhere. Often, the important that the urgent blocks is the very thing that will solve the urgent problem in the long term. To use finances as an example, someone takes a lot of odd jobs to solve immediate financial concerns but doing so prevents an actual job search. The urgent need of unpaid bills drives the decision to solve the short term problem because there seems like no choice. The urgent prevents the long term solution from coming to fruition.

People do this every day. More of us are governed by the this tyranny than we even realize. I have to confess that the last several months have found me in that position. My lovely bride and I have been facing a whole list of issues from health issues to financial problems that have been in the way of doing anything meaningful. Perhaps that's why I'm writing this post. I need to confess my own sins and at the same time try to bring you some hope that you too can overcome your tyranny through prayer and allowing the Lord to actually be in charge.

The root of the Tyranny is fear and worry. What happens if I don't do this? Can we survive if I let this slide? In many ways, as this world slides and the economy just continues to languish, more people will move into survival mode, the essence of the urgent. Fear justifies way too many decisions with finances and relationships. Worry eats us alive.

Like so many issues of life, the answer is simple but not easy. Jesus Himself gave it to us in the Sermon on The Mount. (Matthew 6:25-34)

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."

As I said, the answer is simple but not easy. In truth, this is one of the more challenging teachings the Lord has given us. It's easier to overcome adultery than worry. The urgency that is driven by worry is what keeps us from doing what really needs to be done. The urgent is really a shut down. We get tied up, scrambling from one crisis to the next, never getting anywhere. All we seem to do is just spin our wheels. We were meant for better.

Jesus takes hold of our fears and worries and assures us that God knows our needs and will take care of us. There are times, even for the most spiritually mature, when this truth is hard to grasp. Financial, health, or relational issues get in the way. Here, the Lord is telling us not be worried about such things.

He tells us that God will meet our physical needs if we put His Kingdom first. In truth, all of our needs are found in Christ. The Father knows not only that we need food, clothing, and shelter but so much more. He will meet all of them. 

One of the laments I have taken up over the last several years is that so many important decisions have been made based almost entirely upon finances. This is more than simple budgetary concerns. It's been based upon finding enough money to solve a looming crisis. I'm ashamed to admit how little prayer went into most of them. Now, as the Lord is convicting me of my lack of faith, I look back and see how much damage foolish, prayerless decisions have done. I even see some of my recent choices going awry after choosing to trust God more only a few months ago.

That's when the enemy hits us with urgency. The first of the year, my lovely bride and I undertook a new step in life fueled by faith. It was a huge leap that had been basked in prayer. Two months in and we're facing a huge disaster. Questioning that choice is natural when it seems to go badly. We were hit with a series of health issues affecting by my bride and me. These problems had a profound negative effect on our finances. Combined with other unplanned problems, we've been forced to make decisions we didn't anticipate. Many of those choices at the points of decision went against our better instincts but, because of the problems we face, we made them anyway. In several, those decisions have exacerbated the long term problems. Now, we have to find a way back to the important through the clutter.

That's the problem we all face when we fall into the Tyranny. Now begins a process to reclaiming our position of trusting the Lord. Some of the choices cannot be undone easily. There will be resistance not just in the spiritual realm but the physical as well. This is to be expected whenever moving back to where faith guided decisions rather than urgency. That's why prayer for wisdom is essential. The Lord promises that whosoever asks for wisdom will have it given to them liberally. (James 1:5) That's what all of us need when getting back to the priorities He sets for us.

Allowing the Lord to set our priorities is how we break the cycle of tyranny. "Whom the Son sets free is free indeed." (John 8:36) The law of liberty means that we are set free from the constraints of sin and the world's system. That includes fear and worry, the root of the tyranny of the urgent. Walking out the law of liberty and shedding the shackles of this world is the abundant life Jesus promised.

If you are in this situation now or find yourself there in the future, prayer and faith are the only way out. None of the time management solutions I learned in all my years of business education are truly sufficient for breaking free. Trust me, I've tried. This isn't our first time in this mess but it's at one of our more critical junctures. Faith has freed us before and will do so again. It will just take time. The same is true for you.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Never Leave a Man Behind

Never Leave a Man Behind! We hear it all time in movies and on television. Many Congressional Medal of Honor recipients went back for wounded comrades. The church is at war and the battlefield is littered with the wounded. How do we live out the truth of that statement when the fight is spiritual instead of physical?

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Disagreement or Heresy

There are many who say that we throw around the word heretic far too often. There's some truth to that but that doesn't mean we should shy away from it completely. The question is when is a teaching heresy and when is it an honest disagreement?

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Thursday, February 19, 2015


We keep hearing how the church is becoming more irrelevant if we continue to adhere to the Scriptures. Only by accepting the changes culture wants us to make will we survive and continue to be a part of the world. Can we abandon sound doctrine to remain relevant? What are we risking?

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Yoga Pants, Bloggers, and Modesty

Of all the things to be in the news, yoga pants is going strong. Recently, a state senator from Montana crafted a bill to ban leggings and yoga pants as lewd along with similar clothing on men such as Speedos. A few weeks ago, Christian blogger Veronica Partridge was savagely attacked for her decision to not wear them in public. Are we making a lot out of nothing as some suggest or is this something we need to address? Are the lewd?

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Fifty Shades of Hurt

The Fifty Shades of Grey Movie comes out this weekend. After the unmerited success of the books, Hollywood is expecting the film to make a mint. Will a movie that demonstrates the BDSM lifestyle actually make money? Is this a healthy way to live?

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Unexpected Delays

You may have noticed the lack of episodes since the start of the year. To put it mildly, life has happened. Everything planned for the first few weeks of this year has been pushed back to later in the month including scheduled episodes of Jesus' Outsider.

We've been hit with a series of health issues in our house with one of them fairly serious. My lovely bride had an eye stroke on New Year's Eve. We've spent a great deal of time with doctors, blood tests, and making significant changes in our lifestyle. All of our focus has been on taking care of her in the midst of planned changes that brought their own set of challenges. We have been fighting to settle into a new rhythm and schedule that has proven to be more difficult than we expected.

The blood tests did show what the cause of the blood clot that ended up in her retina. She had fairly high blood pressure, borderline high cholesterol, and high thyroid. We are taking steps to bring this under control. At the top of the list, we are praying for healing to restore her eyesight that we've been told will not happen. Only the Lord can bring the restoration that medical science says is impossible.

Of course, once we got past that, I caught the respiratory flu that's been going around. It's that one that lingers with you. Just as it appears to clear up, it comes back a few days later to wreak havoc again. Consequently, I have lost a lot of my voice. I sound very raspy. I do not know when I will have enough vocal power to record. I'm drinking a lot of tea with honey to try to heal my throat.

I will be back on the air as soon as my voice returns with sufficient strength to record. There is a lot that needs to be said. The world is changing rapidly and the church is either changing the way it changes or clinging to things that don't work. Both reactions have great hazards and actually feed each other. As I said, there is much to discuss and I hope to be able to do so very soon.