#97 – The Jesus Storybook Bible (My 100 Favorite Books)

For the last few years, we have read through The Jesus Storybook Bible during Advent.  With 22 stories from the Old Testament, it is the perfect lead in to the birth of Jesus.  Further, it ties each individual story into the grand story of what God is doing in the world, culminating in the coming […]

#98 – The Hole in Our Gospel by Rich Stearns (My 100 Favorite Books)

Gospel means good news.  Growing up, the good news was simply that Jesus has died on the cross so we can be forgiven and go to heaven when we die. Rich Stearns, president of World Vision, thinks there is much missing in this formulation. Stearns was a successful CEO when World Vision pursued him to […]

Why Does God Favor Certain People? (Weekly Word)

This summer I am going to dedicate each Friday to questions that students have asked me about God, faith and such.  Some of these questions come were forwarded to me from Christian students or their skeptical friends.  Others are questions that I have been asked in some way, shape or form many times.  I do […]

A Farewell to Mars by Brian Zahnd (Review)

For me, as for many Christians in America, it has often been difficult to separate our commitments to Jesus and our patriotism as Americans.  I remember singing songs to the greatness of America at church around national holidays.  More recently, I remember being at a Christian conference that recognized a national holiday with a powerpoint […]

What A Student Who Loves Doctor Who Taught me About Faith

This article was written for my December newsletter, sent out to all supporters of my ministry at PSU Berks.  I thought it was worth posting here too. On Monday, November 23 I found myself in a theater surrounded by “Whovians.”  For those of you who don’t know – a “Whovian” is a fan of the […]

Another Hole in Our Gospel? (Or, does it matter to your “gospel” that Jesus rose from the dead?)

One of my favorite books in recent years is The Hole in Our Gospel by the president of World Vision, Rich Stearns.  The hole in the gospel is the failure to care for the poor and needy. I think we have another hole in our gospel.  I see this in conversations and in comments and […]

Recent Reads

I found Albert Mohler making a good point here: “News of the “house of horrors” in Pennsylvania brings prompt moral outrage, and understandably so. But is the abortion clinic on the corner, established for the purpose of killing unborn children, any less a house of horrors. The couple in Australia openly admitted aborting their twin […]