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Hey! My name is Colby, and I’m the pastor of youth ministry at a church in Alpena Michigan. I process information best by writing things down. When I type something out, or write something in a journal, it helps me understand it better. And I think it's the duty of a pastor to be a... Continue Reading →

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Isaiah and the Devil

The “fall of Satan” is a story that even non-Christians know about. Often, this tale is told from an amalgamation of different passages found throughout both Testaments. We take bits of Ezekiel 28, Luke 10, Revelation 12, and Isaiah 14 to splice together a story about a prideful angelic being forced out of heaven who... Continue Reading →

Freedom, Face Masks and Matthew 5:41

Becoming a Christian is the act of giving up of one’s rights in order to become a slave to Christ. It’s the putting to death everything that isn’t Jesus in order to embrace the fullness of what Jesus offers. It’s the giving up of all power by submitting to the One who truly holds all... Continue Reading →

Justifying Hatred

“Hating is something of which to be ashamed unless it provides for us a form of validation and prestige. If either is provided, then the immoral or amoral character of hatred is transformed into positive violence.”[1] This was written by Howard Thurman in the context of the second world war. On the basis of nationalism,... Continue Reading →

The Spirit of Change

Here’s an edited manuscript of the sermon I delivered at Word of Life Baptist Church on July 5th, 2020. I have removed the introduction and a few other parts here and there as they didn’t lend themselves to this blog format. If you’d rather listen to this sermon than read it, you can find the... Continue Reading →

Reading the Bible Won’t Make You Not Racist

This title is intentionally provocative. However, there is a truth that we do need to seriously consider, especially in this week’s current climate: simply reading your Bible does not make you less racist. In fact, reading your Bible (alone) doesn’t help with your racism whatsoever. I grew up in a Christian subculture. I’ve read the... Continue Reading →

Stop Thinking About Your Rights

Thinking primarily about our “rights” makes us bad Christians. However, I do think the temptation to do so stems from a noble endeavor. There is nothing wrong with being concerned about the state of our country. There’s also nothing wrong with being concerned about the perceived lack of religious freedom being granted by our state.... Continue Reading →

Revelation 13 and the Mark of the Beast

Reminder: This blog contains my heuristic opinion on the Bible and theology. I realize that the material contained in this post might be divisive for some. That is not my intent. If you have questions, feel free to engage. It seems that every few years the “mark of the beast” section of Revelation becomes vogue.... Continue Reading →

Trusting God in this Age of “New Magic”

More and more frequently I have been seeing videos and social media posts passed around in Christian circles that claim to contain “prophecy” concerning the coronavirus. For example, the 700 club’s recent videos contain “prophecies” that a divinely directed cure is being developed in Israel[1] as well as a “word” that this virus was created... Continue Reading →

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