Blessed is the one Who is Forgiven (Psalm32, Weekly Word)

I’ve been blogging about my 100 favorite books of all time for the last four months or so.  My favorite books cover a variety of genres – history, biography, fantasy, fiction, theology and spirituality.  Yesterday I got to number seven!  I hope to get finished in the next two weeks.  But here’s a spoiler alert […]

Who do you trust? (Psalm 25, Weekly Word)

Who are the people in your life that you trust? Has anyone ever betrayed a trust?  How does that feel?  What would it take for you to trust them again? Read Psalm 25 The Psalm begins with a declaration of trust, “In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.”  After this the Psalm seems […]

Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God (Review)

              What is God truly like?  This is a question I have wrestled with.  My whole life I have heard people say, and have said myself, that God is a God of love and of justice.  Your sin deserves God’s eternal and unending punishment, or wrath.  You can avoid this punishment by trusting in Jesus […]

Explaining College Ministry to a Four Year Old

“Daddy, why are you giving bags to the students?” We were driving home from campus earlier tonight when Junia asked me this question.  Last Friday we had gone to a church to help put items into care packages for the PSU Berks students.  Junia excelled at this, marching through the assembly line and filling each […]

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 Day Late…Christians Ought to Support #IDAHOT

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God – Jesus Yesterday was the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.  I did not know such a day existed until I saw a well-written article by Adrian Warnock on Twitter arguing for why Christians should support such a day: I know of no […]

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 […]

Djesus Uncrossed: To Be Offended or Challenged?

This is over a week old, but the SNL’s fake movie trailer Djesus Uncrossed has caused quite a hubbub. Many were offended by this, but should they be?  After all, this is basically what many American evangelical Christians think really is going to happen.  Whether it is the Left Behind series or popular end-times belief, […]

Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha and Muhammad Cross the Road (A Review)

Growing up in a Christian home I eventually, like most kids, began to question the faith I had been taught.  Some stories of questioning begin with taking a biology class and learning about evolution.  This was never a problem for me.  I always figured that the truth of falsity of evolution had little to do […]

Advent – Preparing for the Coming King (Day 18)

We’re not fully human yet.   Christians believe that God has been fully revealed in the person of Jesus Christ.  What this means is that in some mysterious way, Jesus is God in the flesh.  When a Christian begins to talk about the identity of God, we really ought to begin and end with Jesus. […]