Bruce's Blog

Hope in the Midst of Hatred

Another week. Another shooting. As Marlina and I gathered in my study for our morning coffee and prayer time, we reflected on yet another tragic mass shooting, this time in Texas. I realized I’m almost becoming numb to it. Marlina verbalized the question many of us...

Hope When You’re In The Perfect Storm

Hope When You’re in The Perfect Storm Adapted from Desperate For Hope This month marks the end of a catastrophic hurricane season, both in sheer numbers (16 already) and storm intensity. The hurricane season officially ends on November 30th, but it’s already been the...

Hope When You’re Experiencing Collateral Damage

Hope When You’re Experiencing Collateral Damage Adapted from Desperate For Hope One of the first things we focus on when something bad happens is ourselves. “What did I do to deserve this?” And more often than not, the answer is “nothing.” You didn’t do anything...

Hope For When You Blow It

Adapted from Desperate For Hope Bad things happen to good people for a lot of different reasons, most of the time through no fault of our own. But sometimes we get in a bad spot…and it’s our own fault. So let’s just start with the most obvious reason that bad things...

Why Does God Let Bad Stuff Happen?

On the heels of the worst mass shooting in US history, terrorist attacks going on worldwide, earthquakes in Mexico, and a record-breaking hurricane season, it kinda begs the question. Why does God let bad stuff happen? I mean, He could stop it, right? So why? It’s a...

A Time To Rest

During the last 22 years of pastoral ministry, I’ve planted 3 churches, founded 2 non-profit ministries, written a book, home-schooled my teenage son through High School, coordinated multiple conferences, and volunteered with several faith-based non-profits.  All of...

Redefining a Great Marriage

I’ve been married now for over 33 years. (Yes, I got married when I was twelve.) And I’ve learned a little bit about what makes a marriage great in that time. But it’s probably not what you think. It’s taken me a lot of years and a lot of mistakes along the way to...

How to Silence Your Critics Once and For All

You’ve probably picked up on this already, but in case you haven’t noticed - our world’s very divided right now. Almost every issue that surfaces ends up putting people in one of two camps. Everything has become binary. It’s either black or...

Even If God Doesn’t Show Up

The most powerful man on the planet has just given an executive order. Kings don’t make suggestions, and Nebuchadnezzar wasn’t in the mood to be trifled with. “Bow down and worship the image of gold I set up! If you refuse to comply, you’ll be...

My Word for 2017

So here’s my theme word for 2017. Are you ready for it? Go! Pretty simple really. The dictionary defines it, “to move or proceed.” In other words, get moving. Get started. Get after it. You get the idea. This was Jesus’ final word to his...

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