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?
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?
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
“When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up” … Continue reading Why You Should Read The Dresden Files: Fantasy Literature and Deep Reading (with help from Origen and CS Lewis!)
There's a story in the Bible about a man named Rehoboam (1 Kings 12). Rehoboam was born with all the privileges anyone could want. His father, Solomon, was the King over all Israel. His grandfather, David, had established the dynasty by fighting a giant, overcoming attacks from King Saul, and putting down any threats to … Continue reading Its Not About Politics. Its About Leadership
1. What a Week!2. The Early Church and Plagues3. Julian the Apostate's Implicit Christianity4. On Belief and Action5. A Brief Tangent on Money6. What Does it Even Look Like to Live Like Jesus7. Conclusions8. Questions 1. What a Week!This has been quite an exciting few weeks. Two weeks ago I fired off a newsletter, sharing … Continue reading Thoughts on Christian Living During an Epidemic
This post first appeared in my biweekly newsletter which you can read and subscribe to here: Why Now?My Evolving UnderstandingSpeaking with Wisdom and KnowledgeEvolution and the Point of ScriptureQuestions 1. Why Now?A couple of weeks ago I was interviewed by my friend Andrew Carpenter for his Obscure Pastor podcast. One of the things I shared … Continue reading Musings on Evolution, Science and the Bible
Sparta, Rome and Christianity Historian Tom Holland made a name for himself as a historian before his namesake was cast as Spider Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.. I first came across his books in the library and I read three of them: Persian Fire, which is about the wars between Greece and Rome, Rubicon, … Continue reading How the Christian Revolution Changed the World…Even if We’ve Forgotten
Christmas is days away. I want to share a few thoughts on the incarnation, inspired by the writings of some of my favorite of the early Church Fathers. Since I first discovered the early church fathers and mothers when I was in seminary, my faith has been enriched by reading them. God Became Human = Humans … Continue reading Christmas, the Incarnation and Our Union with God
Imagining a Natural World Full of Good PeopleLast month I wrote about my faith that all people are created in the image of God which means all persons not only possess inherent worth and value, but also that no one truly is without God in their lives. Certainly, all people are broken, but no one … Continue reading Goodness, God and Insights from The Man in the High Castle and Alasdair MacIntyre