Lately, I have found myself engaging with leaders outside of my theological “home.”  I have listened to sermons from more liberal and more conservative preachers, and engaged with theologians who are more academically-minded, as well as church leaders who are more charismatic in nature. If I’m being honest, I approachedContinue Reading

Dialogue is dead.  Welcome to the age of a million monologues.  Welcome to the day when people shout angrily at empty space rather than conversing with one another.  Today is a day of hearing but not listening, when accusations are made without understanding, and when we fight against one anotherContinue Reading

(See Part One and Part Two) My first post, “Politics and Jesus,” opened with a brief observation about how we use labels to embrace or dismiss others.  I want to offer a few concluding thoughts in this post that build on that observation. First, I would note that the churchContinue Reading

(This is a follow up from the last blog post, entitled “Jesus and Politics.”  The third and final part can be found here). Jesus’ ministry began with a bold declaration that the world was entering into a new era.  It was not merely a spiritual declaration, and it was notContinue Reading

During a recent sermon, I spent time talking about how we are prone to using labels to dehumanize people and disregard their opinions, perspectives, and feelings.  Though I didn’t fully venture into a political discussion, politics is where this is perhaps most apparent.  If someone labels themselves as a Republican,Continue Reading

In my last post, we looked at the Hebrews as they stood outside of the Promised Land and saw (real or imaginary) giants who threatened their entry.  In this post, I want to take a look at two times when Israel faced giants, and make a few observations about howContinue Reading

This isn't photoshopped - it's a photography trick called "forced perspective," using foreground and background objects to trick the eye.

I recently photographed my youngest daughter taking some of her first steps.  My first pictures were from my perspective – her dad, standing four feet taller than her and looking down at her.  I also took a few pictures from her eye-level, capturing the pride on her face as sheContinue Reading

16 A man approached Jesus and said, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to have eternal life?” 17 Jesus said, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There’s only one who is good. If you want to enter eternal life, keep the commandments.” 18 The man said, “Which ones?” Then JesusContinue Reading

I have to admit – I was a bit nervous about picking up a children’s book by Matthew Paul Turner.  I associate MPT with deep cynicism and, at times, unkind words.  But I was pleasantly surprised with this children’s book.  With clever rhymes and an uplifting message, this book isContinue Reading

If you are in ministry, you probably have at least a casual familiarity with the Logos Bible company, which was recently rebranded as Faithlife.  As a long-time Logos user, I was intrigued by the development and release of the Faithlife Study Bible. If you’ve used Logos, you’ll probably find some familiarContinue Reading

Brennan Manning is a bit of a controversial author.  A former Catholic priest, Manning’s alcoholism ultimately led to his death.  He was a well-studied man with a deeply rooted understanding of the love and grace of God, but also a man who was plagued by (and never fully delivered from)Continue Reading

I cringe when I hear those words: “We’re only human, after all.” I understand the sentiment that motivates these words most of the time.  It is a way to extend forgiveness to others by sharing in their fallenness.  Of course, the phrase takes a different turn when applied to ourselves:Continue Reading

Life is better in community. Life is wonderful and messy and joyous and painful and dangerous and delicate, and all of it is beautiful.  And it is intended to be shared. It was created to be shared.  We were created to live in community. Community is more than simply a collection of people. Continue Reading

It’s difficult to describe the overall feeling I have about this book.  I was extremely excited to see a new book from an author who I have really enjoyed.  McKnight’s “King Jesus Gospel” was inspired, compelling, and wonderful.  I have found McKnight to be reliable and insightful at every turnContinue Reading

One of the best things you can do for your child is to ignite a curiosity about scripture.  When your daughter or son develops an interest in knowing more about the stories they learn in Sunday School, equipping them to explore scripture and find answers for themselves can create a hungerContinue Reading

If there was ever a title to grab a person’s attention, it’s “The Way of the Dragon, or the Way of the Lamb.”  Without a doubt, the book is timely, at times provocative, and kingdom-focused.  The authors speak confessionally, pointedly, and at times directly to the heart of pastors inContinue Reading

One of the most fun things that I occasionally have the opportunity to do is review Bibles.  There are some that I love and have recommended to many people.  Others don’t fare as well.  I have mixed feelings about the one I am reviewing today – but much of thatContinue Reading

We read in Matthew 10 that as Jesus was preparing his disciples, there came a time when he commissioned them to proclaim and enact the good news of his kingdom.  So he sent them into Jewish villages with this instruction:  “make this announcement: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ HealContinue Reading