Dan Lacich:

Very helpful and wise words from my friend Darryl Ford.

Originally posted on Souls With Bodies:

Gospel Gardening: Ferguson and Beyond

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Something is wrong with our garden. God cares about it. We should too.

There are weeds preventing water from reaching the soil. There are plants suffering drought. There are areas where soil nutrients are being overtaxed. Recent events are a reminder that our garden in America is unhealthy and is in desperate need of maintenance; specifically when we look at the powder keg that is race in America.

A few examples: The shooting fatality of Mike Brown in Ferguson. The choking fatality of Eric Garner in Staten Island, NY. The shooting fatality of John Crawford III in a southwestern Ohio Walmart. The shooting fatality of Ezell Ford in Los Angeles.The shooting fatality of Darrien Hunt outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. All unarmed African Americans killed while being arrested or in custody.

There are also certainly huge issues within the African American…

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Sometimes I Forget….

Posted: November 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

Dan Lacich:

 

How would you respond if someone told you that you life would have been better if you had disposed of one of your children? Props to this amazing mom. You will want to cheer for her as I did when I read this blog.

Originally posted on Hand Me Downs:

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Sometimes I forget that our son has Down syndrome. It’s easy to be distracted by his two year old tantrums, his mischievous smile and go getter attitude. Gabe is kind hearted but stubborn. He immediately runs to check on sister when she is having a dramatic, I’m four and the world is over, meltdown. He will climb onto your lap randomly and stretch his little fingers up to stroke your cheek, just to say I love you.

He also destroys things. Opens drawers, pulls things out, throws them on floor. When you confront him, he ducks his head and looks up from under his eyebrows with a sort of sorry smirk. He helps pick up, sometimes, or wanders off to destroy something else. He loves music, he will start to dance the second he hears it. He absolutely cannot resist participating in a round of Itsy Bitsy, or Twinkle Twinkle…

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Here is a question I was asked recently as part of Northland Church Ask a Pastor.

Enjoy

Dan

Something is amiss among followers of Jesus these days. Rarely a day goes by when I don’t hear a message or read a blog, Facebook post, or book that proclaims a love for Jesus but a disdain for religion. Phrases like, “it’s not a religion, it’s a relationship” or “I love Jesus just not the church” or the all too familiar “I am spiritual not religious” are phrases that sound enlightened, mature and so very appealing. The problem is they are very misguided statements. Read the rest of this entry »

This is a sermon on John 13 and the betrayal of Jesus by Judas Iscariot. Betrayal is one of the most painful experiences we go through because it can only come at the hands of someone close to you. Anyone can hurt you but only someone close enough that you trust them can betray you.

Dan

If Houston Subpoenaed My Sermons

Posted: October 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

A recent news report dealt with a controversy in Houston Texas. The short version of the story is that Houston passed an ordinance that dealt with access issues for transgender people. There was an effort to overturn the law that included the gathering of thousands of signatures on petitions in order to get the issue on a ballot. The concern people have is that the law would allow a man to dress up as a woman, claim to have gender identity issues and then have the freedom to go into any womans restroom, locker room, sauna, you name it and stare at women and young girls. Read the rest of this entry »

The Last Stand

Posted: August 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

I have found that one learns a great deal about people, their strengths, fears, prejudices and virtues by reading military history that focuses on the people more than the strategies and tactics of a battle. To that end I have been reading The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull and the Battle of the Little Bighorn by Nathaniel Philbrick. Read the rest of this entry »

Here is a short video clip from a Q&A I did recently for Third Millenium Ministry. They have a goal of making Master Degree level theological education available for everyone on the planet for free. Not a bad goal. This clip answers the question, “What is realized eschatology?”

It is only a minute or so long. Hope you enjoy it.

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Dan

Sermon: Truth Matters

Posted: July 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

Truth is increasingly becoming whatever you want it to be. Tolerance is becoming increasingly intolerant. Debate and discussion on issues in an effort to discover the truth, while respecting the other person, has been replaced with subjectivism coupled with personal attacks that shut down dialogue. In the midst of all this turmoil regarding what is truth and tolerance of everything, with the exception of people who think they are right, Christianity claims to not only stand on truth but that Jesus personified truth.

This worship service and sermon at Northland deals with the importance of truth, of us believing things the way they actually are.

The sermon begins at 35:32 but the whole service leading up to that is well worth the time.

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Dan

“if God is a loving God then why does He let bad things happen, especially to good people?” It is a question that has been asked countless times throughout history, by devout believers and angry atheists and everyone in between. It may in fact be the question most often asked about God. Why does God let bad things happen? When someone dies at a young age, when a storm kills seemingly at random, when a job is lost, a house destroyed, cancer diagnosed, a pregnancy is miscarried, the question gets asked in the midst of pain and tears, heartache and anger. Read the rest of this entry »

The Book is Here!

Posted: July 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

The Provocative God: Radical Things God Has Said and Done, is now available. You can order from this website and get the book for $10 plus shipping. Just click the link below.

The Provocative God

Hope you enjoy!

Dan

I recently answered a series of questions for Third Millennium Ministries covering topics related to Biblical Theology. Here is the first of the videos to be posted.

It is a couple of minutes long. Hope you enjoy it and have your understanding of God expanded.

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Dan

The Provocative God – Introduction

In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple.

 Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.

 And one called out to another and said,

         “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts,

         The whole earth is full of His glory.”

 And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke.

 Then I said,

         “Woe is me, for I am ruined!

         Because I am a man of unclean lips,

         And I live among a people of unclean lips;

         For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.”

Isaiah 6:1-5 NASB

What ever happened to a God who was bigger than our wildest imaginations, more grand than our greatest accomplishments, more perplexing than our deepest scientific theories? What ever happened to the God Isaiah trembled before, certain that he would literally be undone by the very presence of such overwhelming holiness and majesty? Whatever happened to that God of mystery, of power, the God before whom we were compelled to fall on our faces and declare; I am ruined? Read the rest of this entry »

This is a guest post by my friend Ann Zuccardy. As you will see, Ann is a new Christian who recently went on her first mission trip. I have great respect for Ann and appreciate her honesty about the struggle such a trip entailed. One thing I love about Ann and her journey with Christ is that it is truly provocative. She is living the kind of life that would provoke the “why” question and thus open the door to a conversation about Jesus.

She is the founder of AZ Communications, a blogger, and TEDx presenter on living with a brain injury as well as adjunct faculty at Champlain University in Vermont where she teaches a course titled, Writing for the Web.

Ann’s Blog     Ann’ TEDx Talk

Enjoy,

Dan

Haiti

I’ve been to third world countries and I’ve seen real poverty. I taught in inner city schools in New Orleans. I’ve worked as a doula helping women give birth and I’ve worked in hospice care supporting dying patients and their families. As both a mother and a person with experience caring for others, I’m unflappable when I’m urinated or vomited on. When the opportunity arose through my church to go to Haiti on a medical mission trip, I eagerly signed up, cool and calm, confident that nothing I saw there would shake me. I should mention that I am a newbie Christian. Yep. I’m a “baby” at the age of 51, having only started following Jesus just over a year ago. Read the rest of this entry »

The hashtag, “HotJesus” went viral last week. It all had to do with the Son of God movie that was released to theaters and the physical appearance of actor Diogo Morgado who portrays Jesus. Apparently some people think Morgado is a good-looking guy and said so. That raised the issue of whether or not his physical good looks detracted from the message. On the other side people were saying as long as it gets people to the movie to hear the message, what does it matter. As you may have guessed I have some thoughts on the whole thing. Read the rest of this entry »