Weekly Word – Persecution, stumbling blocks, spiritual death and us

(Every week, give or take, I send out a brief email to the students with some thoughts from Scripture and I offer it here also in case it may encourage anyone else who comes across it) Last evening we studied Matthew 18:1-14.  When Jesus tells his disciples to have faith like a child, he is…

Weekly Word – Opposition, Grief and Silence

(Every week, give or take, I send out a brief email to the students with some thoughts from Scripture and I offer it here also in case it may encourage anyone else who comes across it) The first time Jesus tells his disciples that he is going to die on the cross, they opposed him.…

Six Megathemes from Barna…and Campus Ministry

Summing up their research in 2010, the Barna group finds six "megathemes".  I will list each one below with a few thoughts from my perspective as a campus minister on a secular university campus. 1.  The Christian Church is Becoming Less Theologically Literate What used to be basic, universally-known truths about Christianity are now unknown…

Recent Reads – Articles

Here are some thoughtful, fun and random things I have come across over the last week. What the Internet Killed - a list of some things that the growth of the Internet has made obsolete.  My favorite is the video store.  I love Netflix and despise Blockbuster.  I disagree that the internet has killed phone…

Weekly Word – Matthew’s Genealogy – Judah

Last night at CSF we talked about the family tree (the genealogy) of Jesus that Matthew begins his story with (1:1-17).  Many Jews wrote genealogies in their histories but Matthew is unique in including four women.  Even more amazing, rather than including some of the great women from the Old Testament (Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel), he…

Summer in Thessalonica – Encouraged by Grace

2:13 But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. 14 He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory…

Summer in Thessalonica – Do not be Deceived!

Jehovah's Witnesses are famous for their door-to-door evangelism techniques. Maybe you've groaned as you have seen them walk toward your door? The Jehovah's Witnesses trace their roots to Charles Taze Russell in the 1870s who, with a group of friends studying the Bible, came to new teachings on Jesus' second coming. For centuries Christians had…

Summer in Thessalonica – The Second Letter

Paul had preached the message that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior in the city of Thessalonica (Acts 17). While there he faced persecution, soon leaving for the nearby city Berea. He left a very small community of Christians behind. After traveling to Athens and then Corinth, he wrote a letter to this tiny church…