Crucifixion of the Warrior God (ch. 4)

I haven’t written about this book since December 1!  When I went back to see what I had written, I was struck by how so many of the same things are on my mind. Who is God? What is God like? Is God like Jesus?  If we believe Jesus is the second person of the […]

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 […]

All Saints Day – Can the Dead Pray for the Living?

Today is All Saints Day, a Christian celebration of remembrance of all those who have gone before us in the faith.  It tends to be a Catholic holiday, but many other Christians also see values in remembering days like this. I was perusing a few All Saints Day prayers and posted this one on Facebook: […]

Everyday Faith – God and Entertainment (CSF Weekly Word)

It is so easy for us to divide our lives between the sacred and the secular.  We go to church on Sundays and CSF during the week.  But when we do all the other things that fill our lives – watch movies, study, work, hang out with friends – it is sometimes hard to see […]

Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey (Review)

Every day I look at my two-year-old daughter and imagine what kind of person she will become.  What career will she pursue?  What sort of friends will she have?  What books will she like?  My prayer is that whatever such specifics are that she will live a life in service and discipleship to Jesus Christ. […]

The Problem with Christ – Review

English readers of the Bible see it over and over again: Jesus Christ. While most know that “Christ” is not Jesus’ last name, new readers to the Bible could be forgiven if they get that impression. This is the problem, according to Chris Gorton, in his book The Problem with Christ.  I have had the […]

Holy Week, Maundy Thursday Edition (What’s a maundy?)

Tonight is the night when the end began.  Jesus celebrated his final meal with his disciples, washing their feet and giving them a mandate (where the word “maundy” comes from): 33 “My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I […]

Doubt and Faith – Walking with the Saints

John Wesley was struggling with doubt about the sincerity of his faith.  The year was 1738 and though he was a preacher he was unsure whether he was even truly a Christian.  He says he was convinced of unbelief and felt that because of this he must stop preaching.  After all, how could he preach […]

Advent – Preparing for the Coming King (Day 3)

December 3 – Love God, Love Neighbor – Mark 12:28-34 28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” 29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, […]

Jesus: A Theography (Review)

Christianity often looks like a lot of things.  Many people call themselves Christians and “Christian” as an adjective is slapped onto all sorts of ideologies.  I have met people who think the term is so watered down that it has little meaning anymore.  What is “Christianity”? A simple answer – if it looks like Jesus, […]