In Syria, this may be the last Christmas for Christian communities who’ve been there since the first century.

If the U.S. fails to act, ancient Christian communities dating back to the Book of Acts might soon be deserted. Since the first mission movements of the Early Church, Assyrian (Syriac) churches have never failed to maintain a confessional Christian presence in or near their original lands. If the current crisis facing northeastern Syria worsens, … Continue reading In Syria, this may be the last Christmas for Christian communities who’ve been there since the first century.

How is Jesus, God with us?

One of the things often overlooked in many people’s understanding of Scripture is the difference between Christ and Jesus. Christ is not Jesus’ last name, as if His name could’ve just as easily been Jesus Smith, or Jesus Johnson. (If we're actually looking for His last name, it was likely ben Yosef.) The word Christ … Continue reading How is Jesus, God with us?

The Bible has much to say about the value of women in the Church. So much.

[NOTE: This article was first published by Bible Study Tools on 5/23/19. I have to say this was one of the most joy-filled and rewarding things I have ever written. The more I kept searching through the Scriptures, the more these examples of women in essential leadership roles and significant theological concepts kept coming out. The … Continue reading The Bible has much to say about the value of women in the Church. So much.

A Word about Conflict in Church

How might you handle a minor disagreement with someone if you knew it would be remembered and talked about two thousand years later? As Paul closed out the letter to the Church at Philippi, a church that we could argue was as healthy and effective as any we find in the New Testament, he mentioned … Continue reading A Word about Conflict in Church

The Demeaning of Mary Full of Grace

I overheard this recently: “There was nothing special about Mary, the Mother of Jesus. She was simply the vessel God chose to surrogate his son. He could have chosen any woman for his purposes, she just happened to be the one he chose. She was a young, imperfect girl who could not possibly have understood all … Continue reading The Demeaning of Mary Full of Grace

A Few Thoughts about Conflict ahead of SWBTS Trustee Meeting 5/22/18

There is much ado about the developing at situation Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (SWBTS) with its president Paige Patterson, which also has significant implications for the upcoming annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), and the SBC as a whole. This scenario has become another unfortunate chapter in SBC life, and at SWBTS, an institution … Continue reading A Few Thoughts about Conflict ahead of SWBTS Trustee Meeting 5/22/18

“The margins are never margins for God.”

"The margins are never margins for God." Just had to share these brilliant words from Elaine Storkey. This was originally from a podcast (linked below), but I have typed out the transcript.  Most societies have a strong sense of a center. It’s occupied by people with influence, visibility, status, and power. In most societies, those … Continue reading “The margins are never margins for God.”