• Would you go in the Room?

    On one level we know where true fulfillment in life comes from. “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my… Continue Reading

  • Arguing About Non-Essential Beliefs

    “In essentials, unity. In non-essentials, charity. In all things, Jesus Christ.” -Augustine I still remember my conversation with the young adult in Chicago. He was upset, again, about an issue at the church where I was serving as an Associate Pastor. This is a true story but for the sake of anonymity we will call… Continue Reading

  • The Devil and Politics

    C.S. Lewis is one of my all-time favorite writers. So much so that my oldest son is named after him (Justice Clive Wallenmeyer.) The following is from me, not C.S. Lewis (OK, OK. I know. There is very little chance that you would confuse my writing with anything that C.S Lewis wrote. Be nice!). I… Continue Reading

  • God won’t give you more than you can handle

    Sometimes in our attempt to help someone who is going through a difficult time we say things that are unbiblical and hurtful. For example… “God won’t give you more than you can handle!” Have you ever thought this before? Have you ever said it to someone before? The problem with this little slogan is that… Continue Reading

  • Katelyn Nicole Davis

    I can’t get this precious young girl out of my mind. Katelyn Nicole Davis was 12 years old when she committed suicide this past week. She apparently struggled with depression, confessed that a male family member was sexually assaulting her and she just could not take it anymore. My God. The pain that exists in… Continue Reading

  • Pastoral Suicide

    Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, WITH COMPLETE PATIENCE and teaching. -2 Timothy 4:2 Pastoral work requires that we are incredibly patient. The problem is that I am not patient. I want to see results yesterday. I want to see big things happen. Is this all… Continue Reading