Be Still (Psalm 46 – Weekly Word)

Last evening at CSF our theme was “Listening”.  We’ve been examining spiritual disciplines this semester and previously we had looked at speaking, service and prayer.  With all of this sort of outward focused, with the emphasis on our actions whether serving or speaking to others or talking to God in prayer, it seemed to make […]

The Lord is our Strength – Psalm 27 (Weekly Word)

What is pressing in upon you right now?  What is stressing you out? Read Psalm 27 This psalm begins: The Lord is my light and my salvation—     whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—     of whom shall I be afraid? This passage is why I want to pray the psalms […]

#33 – Paul and the Faithfulness of God by NT Wright (My Top 100 Books)

NT Wright is one of my favorite writers and his work has influenced me more than nearly any other theologian/bible scholar.  He has written extensively on both Jesus and Paul.  This is perhaps his magnum opus on Paul – two volumes clocking in at about 1500 pages.  The good thing is that Wright is not […]

#34 – The Civil War as a Theological Crisis by Mark Noll (My 100 Favorite Books)

Following yesterday’s history of the Civil War, I include this shorter book focusing on the religious situation surrounding the war.  There is still debate and discussion about why the Civil War occurred.  Everyone living at the time knew why (slavery!) but afterwards there was a vested interest in the south to change the narrative.  Unfortunately, […]

Stay Centered (Psalm 24, Weekly Word)

I pray everyone’s first week back on campus went well! This past January I started doing weekly devotions on Fridays, a Psalm each week.  I’ve missed some weeks, and now we are at Psalm 24.  The hope is that these weekly thoughts are encouraging, uplifting and challenging. Read Psalm 24 Perhaps you already feel busy.  […]

#45 – Revelation’s Rhapsody by Bob Lowery (My 100 Favorite Books)

Growing up, my grandmother was constantly warning me about the coming of the Antichrist.  There would be a one-world government led by this Antichrist, Satan’s servant.  Some signs of this would be the world moving to one currency and attacks on God’s favored nation, Israel.  The place all these ideas were found was the final […]

#48 – The Politics of Jesus by John Howard Yoder (My 100 Favorite Books)

This was one of the first books I read that argued extensively for a Christian life of nonviolence.  In a culture that mostly accepts violent solutions to problems without much thought, it is vital for Christians to engage with the life and teachings of Jesus.  Yoder’s book challenges Christian realism and calls Christians to live […]

#50 – Israel’s Gospel by John Goldingay (My 100 Favorite Books)

This is the first volume in Goldingay’s Old Testament theology.  But one of the first things he says is that he does not like the name “Old Testament”.  It makes the text sound irrelevant, out of date and useless.  He prefers the term “First Testament”, and as a fun sidenote, I saw he is actually […]

#55 The Mission of God by Christopher Wright (My 100 Favorite Books)

I often tell people that I learned stories from the Bible ever since I was a small child, but it was not until my twenties or so that I saw how all the disparate stories in the Bible tell one big story.  One of the books, perhaps the best book, that helped me see this […]

Peace AND Enemies? (Psalm 23, Weekly Word!)

I’ve slacked off in my reflections on Psalms the last few weeks.  I am skipping Psalm 22 since I did that one around Easter (and after I finished writing this, I realized I accidentally skipped 21…whoops!). Read Psalm 23 Psalm 23 may be the most well known of all the Psalms.  We have the beautiful […]