“You’ve got a brain disease,” she said.

“You’ve got a brain disease,” she said.

A couple months ago I got a call from a radiologist who had viewed an MRI of my brain. I expected her to say, “Good news. It’s there.” Instead she said, “I’ve got good news and bad news.” I always want the good news first. If I get the bad news first it spoils the […]

Are you open to correction?

Are you open to correction?

If we’re not open to correction then we’re inauthentic. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day had developed an elaborate system of rituals (masks) that enabled them to appear better on the outside than they were on the inside. Over time they convinced themselves they were truly righteous people since they so diligently obeyed all of […]

Fear Isn’t an Excuse Not to Act

Fear Isn’t an Excuse Not to Act

By Paul Perkins While visiting an orphanage in India several years ago, my host asked if I wanted to preach to a group of pastors and widows. I told him “No.” It’s one thing to give my testimony at a youth event, like I did in Indonesia a couple months earlier. It’s something entirely different […]

How Jesus Dealt With Distractions

How Jesus Dealt With Distractions

Because I work from home, I continually deal with distractions. Unread e-mails, sports scores to check, news to read, phone calls to answer, phone calls to make, my wife asking for help, the dog wanting to go out, the dog wanting to come in, the dog wanting to eat, the dog wanting to play ball, […]

Is Jesus like Superman?

Is Jesus like Superman?

Some people think following Jesus is as impossible as following Superman. They have no problem tailing Clark Kent up fifty flights of stairs, but things get tougher when the Man of Steel leaps off the roof and flies away. Such thinking is based on the idea that Jesus flipped from his human to divine nature […]