It was at least 25 years ago when my grandmother said to me, “someday, other countries will be sending missionaries to the United States.” I grew up in a church with a heavy emphasis on foreign mission. Jesus had commanded his followers to go, and we honored those who heeded that call to travel to … Continue reading What if We’re the Target for Missionaries?
Well, summer is about over. I finished up summer by reading a few books that challenged both my heart and mind, as well as a few that were pure entertainment. Check out my September ministry update if you have not! Theological Territories by David Bentley Hart - Hart is my favorite contemporary theologian and I … Continue reading What I’ve Been Reading
In this book, Kevin McClone invites the reader to join him on the path to psycho spiritual health. To do this, he journeys through eight pathways: Follow your deepest desire, Discover true self, embrace heart intimacy, have integrity, rely on grace, live a simple life, embrace solitude and find joy. Joy comes at the end … Continue reading The Road to Joy by Kevin McClone
If you want a religion that enables you to gain and exercise power over other people, then maybe Christianity is not the religion for you?That thought came to mind when I read this article in the New York Times this past weekend: Christianity Will Have Power. Now, I’m not historically ignorant. I know that Christianity … Continue reading Maybe Its Not Jesus You are Following?
My July Newsletter has big news: I am now the Assistant Executive Director for CSFPA. This is a pretty cool and very humbling new job with plenty of new responsibilities, as well as carrying over a lot of the old responsibilities. In addition to working with the students at Penn State Berks (and Penn State … Continue reading July News and What I’m Reading
The below newsletter was sent out a few weeks ago to my partners in ministry; I just neglected to post it here. You can read the whole thing here: https://mailchi.mp/3d253e141eff/csfberksmay2019-4753858 When Buzz Gifted me a Manual A few years ago my boss, Buzz, CSFPA’s Executive Director, assigned the task of new staff training to me. … Continue reading The Stories We Tell of our Past and how they Shape our Present
Authentic Christianity by Peter Watts is a delightful, readable and thoughtful book about what it means to be a Christian. Of course, everyone has some impression of what it means to be a Christian. There are multitudes of books, podcasts, articles and such out there on this. Everyone has an opinion, and you can probably … Continue reading Authentic Christianity by Peter Watts (Review)
AE Smith’s story Journey of the Pearl is an enjoyable work of historical fiction. There are some good characters here and anyone who appreciates history, or a good story should like it. Of course, it is a Christian story, so those who are Christian readers will definitely find much to enjoy as miracles happen. Some … Continue reading Journey of the Pearl by AE Smith (Review)
I wrote this article in my April 24 Newsletter. Here is the first part: 1. Did God Send Covid-19? We have been studying the book of Job for our Thursday night CSF meetings and we are going to be in Job for a while as there are so many things to pick out of that … Continue reading Did God Send the Coronavirus: Thoughts on God’s Sovereignty
Martin Prozesky has worked in academia for decades and written numerous books and articles. Prior to this book, I had never heard of him before, though it appears (and becomes apparent in the book) that he finds the best description of God in Process Theology. Thus, he resists both traditional theology as well as rejection … Continue reading Honest to Goodness by Martin Prozesky (Book Review)