Sri Lanka, Persecution, and Religious Freedom

The link to the full text of my latest article from The Christian Post is below. Since having written this piece, we have learned that some are claiming the bombings in Sri Lanka are a retaliation for the mosque shootings in New Zealand. Whether or not that is true, the simple suggestion of the idea … Continue reading Sri Lanka, Persecution, and Religious Freedom

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 Different Lens – Speaking Up

Who ought to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves? The ending to my last post included these words: "There are many in the world who have no platform and no voice. Only others can speak on their behalf. If we are unwilling to risk speaking [for them], who will?" God said to His … Continue reading A Different Lens – Speaking Up

A Different Lens – Words Matter

This is my third post in the "A Different Lens" series. Today, nearly everyone we know has a platform from which to speak and/or blast out their opinions if they should so desire. Man, oh, man, the things people are willing to say, write, and post for public consumption these days. The last several weeks … Continue reading A Different Lens – Words Matter

A Different Lens

One of the most significant challenges I face as a pastor and teacher – whether in church or in academic settings – is helping people to learn how to read the Bible through different lenses than those to which they are accustomed and to discuss divinity in often uncomfortable ways. Don’t get me wrong, I … Continue reading A Different Lens

Jesus in Every Book of the Old Testament

The great theologian Augustine of Hippo, when reflecting on his many discoveries of Jesus in the Old Testament, said: “He was concealed in the Old, and revealed in the New.” Rarely would I dare to improve on anything St. Augustine said, but I am not convinced that Jesus is all that hidden in the Old … Continue reading Jesus in Every Book of the Old Testament

Making Yourself Miserable — Scripture Impressions and Digressions

This morning I preached on the "second" Jacob and Esau story -- the deception by Rebekah and Jacob which ultimately resulted in Jacob, and not Esau, receiving their father Isaac's blessing. There were two points from the message that I've been asked to share. The first comes from an article I read recently by a … Continue reading Making Yourself Miserable — Scripture Impressions and Digressions