Jim Shrimplin

Be Angry But Do Not Sin

Be Angry!  Anger is a real emotion that God has given humanity.  It is even an “emotion” displayed by God!  But, we usually think of anger as being sinful.  It’s not!  I believe what we do with that anger determines whether we have sinned or not.

John was sitting in the back of the patrol car not sure what had just happened.  There were red and blue lights everywhere.  Some of them were on firetrucks, some on ambulances, but most were on cop cars.  Why were they there?  John looked through the caged window that made sure he stayed inside the car.  On the ground, he saw his wife’s lifeless and bloody body.  What had happened?  Anger started to well up in him and as it did he started to remember.

John had gotten home early.  Since it was Friday, he thought he would surprise Mindy, but he was the surprised one.  As he walked through the front door yelling, “Honey, I am home!  How about we go to your favorite…”  John stopped mid-sentence as his jaw hit the ground.  Mindy and Jack, John’s best friend were kissing.  Jack saw John before Mindy.  Jack quickly released his lip-lock on Mindy and ran through the kitchen and out of the house.  Mindy was not so lucky.  John’s face went from disbelief to anger in the blink of an eye.

Mindy slowly got off the love seat as John yelled, “How could you?  And with Jack, my best friend!!”  Suddenly, the door to the police car opened as the officer told John, “Mr. Williams, you are under arrest for the murder of your wife, Mindy Williams.”  John began to cry as the officer read John his rights.  The last words John remembered saying to his wife were “How could you?  An with Jack, my best friend.”  John guessed that something in him snapped and he killed his beloved Mindy.  He didn’t know how he killed her.  All he could remember was why he had killed her.  Betrayed by his wife and best friend.

In our story, John has every right to be angry.  He had found Jack and Mindy kissing.  John then proceeded to kill his wife.  The anger was not were John fell.  It was when he murdered his wife; that was the sin that put him in the back of the police car.

Psalms 4 seems to leave the possibility at least that John could have made it out of that situation without sinning.  “Be angry, but do not sin.”  The million-dollar question for John and for us is how?  How can we be angry and not sin?”  I believe the answer is in the next part of the verse, “ponder in our own hearts on your beds and be silent.  Selah”

The psalmist David wrote those words over 2500 years ago.  What is he trying to tell us?  “Be angry but be careful not to sin.  Don’t do something stupid while your angry.  Go home!  Ponder in your heart what has made you angry.  Think about the situation.  Lay there in silence and think, “What part did I play in this whole mess?”  Maybe if John would have or could have stopped and thought about what part he had played to cause Mindy to run to Jack for love, maybe Mindy would still be alive.  Unfortunately, he didn’t and now he will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Selah—Think About It

Jim Shrimplin


It has been a long time since I have uploaded a blog post or podcast.  I think it is time to relaunch this podcast/blog/website.  In the past 6 months, my son has graduated from high school, we have moved to a new town, started in a new place of ministry, taken my son to college and began life as empty nesters.  I have been pretty busy but I think know is the right time to relaunch.  I hope that you will continue to come back and read my blog and listen to my podcast.  I will try to get the content coming at a steady pace.  I will also do my best to make it helpful for you.  I hope to interview all kinds of people doing all kinds of ministry from all kinds of places.


Jim Shrimplin

So Many Steps

I don’t know how long I have been working on this new website and podcast.  But one thing that I was not ready for was all the steps that are necessary.  In the next couple of weeks, I will blog about all the different steps.  I will post about what equipment I will be using to produce the podcast and what I think of each piece of audio gear.  Starting a podcast and the corresponding website is not as easy as I had hoped.  I will get it done and I will learn a lot then I will pass my new knowledge on to you.  Let me give a sneak peek into some of the steps we will be covering.


Step 1: Why?  Why do I want to create a blog, podcast, and website?
Step 2: Podcast: What do I need?
Step 4: Website: What do I need?
Step5: Blog?  Should I or Should I not?
Step 6: Topics
Step 7: Guest
Step 8: Scheduling Guest
Step 9: Audio Recording
Step 10: Producing the Podcast
Step 11: Finding Time To Blog
Step 12: Website Hosting
Step 13: Podcast Hosting
Step 14: Problems
Step 15: Problems Solved!  I hope?
Step 16: When to Launch?
Step 17: Getting Ready to Launch
Step 18: Launching
Step 19: New and Noteworthy.
Step 20: I don’t know what’s next?

Jim Shrimplin

Getting Ready

  All Things Church is getting ready to launch!!!  I am looking to launch All Things Church Podcast at the beginning of 2019 and one thing that didn’t realize is all the work that goes into pre-launch.  For example, I will be conducting interviews so that means I have to come up with topics to discuss.  After I brainstorm topics, I brainstorm who could be guest speakers that I can interview.  Then I have to email them, follow up to schedule and the list goes on.  This is just the interview side of the podcast.  There is also the audio equipment side of the podcast.  I had to find or buy the right mics, mic stands, mixer, audio interface, headphone, cables to connect everything and that list goes on as well.

One thing that was kind of puzzling was how I was going to do a mix-minus so that the guest could hear me, the music but not themselves when they call in for an interview.  That’s the reason for the picture of the Apple connect.  I needed to figure out a way to get a mic input signal and an audio output signal from my phone into and out of my mixer.  Thankfully, the connector did just that when I plugged in the right splitter.  Now, I can make phone calls through my soundboard; I am ready to do some interviews.

Look for these interviews to begin on the first Monday of each month.  From time to time, I will even put out come bonus content.  Be looking for bonus content especially in the first 8 weeks.  The extra content and your rating, review, and commenting will give All Things Church a better chance of becoming featured on new and noteworthy.

Thanks and Be Blessed,

Jim Shrimplin,
All Things Church

Jim Shrimplin

First Post

All Things Church Blog

The All Things Church Blog will have all kinds of topics.  We will talk about tech in the church, the importance of theology in the local church, best practices for ministry to different ages groups, church history, current issues facing churches, and many other topics.  We will blog about different topics on a weekly basis.  We might even through in a devotional blog post from time to time.  I look forward to interacting with you so find your pew and let’s talk about church.