It was 1980 something when I got into a physical altercation at school with Tyrone Minor. Despite his last name, there was nothing minor about Tyrone. He was twice my size and oh so much tougher. On that dreadful morning, I walked into homeroom and gave Tyrone a friendly...
Of all the actions Jesus performed, one of the most significant was sitting. I’m serious: “After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high…” (Hebrews 1:3) “But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at...
A couple weeks ago, I shared about my mother's battle with cancer here. Now that she's with Jesus, I thought I would share some more scattered reflections --this time about my dad.  When I grow up, I want to be like my dad... I should say; if I ever grow up,...
Discipleship is an essential function of the church. It's the mission that Jesus left us with when He raised from the dead and ascended to the Father: "Go into all the world and make disciples." As disciples of Jesus, an important part of our job description is being disciple-makers. But...
What does Jesus’s love for harlots, tax-collectors, and other outcasts tell us about how He would approach the issue of same-sex love today? Put differently: Since Jesus loved sinners unconditionally, does this mean that Jesus would be (or is) frustrated at Churches today who oppose same-sex relations? The reverend John Spong...
Bible College students want to change the world. Or at least their church. And they want to do so immediately. At least, that’s how many of my students roll. I completely understand the compulsion to change things overnight. I’ve been there. You read the Bible, you read books on theology...
Halloween is one of those issues that leaves intelligent, godly people firmly disagreeing with one another. Some Christians will dress up their kids, walk the neighborhood, and come back with heart-stopping amounts of sugar. Others will dress up their kids and go to a church sponsored event, like a...
I recently re-read Rob Bell’s best selling book Love Wins and was pleasantly shocked at how much of it I agree with. Well, I agree with about 80% of it. The problem is that the other 20% is not just off, but terribly wrong and misleading. In any case,...
With Thanksgiving now less than a week away, I think it’s an appropriate time for a confession: I have a worldview of want. By worldview I mean my perspective. The way I interpret the world around me and make sense of things. What God has exposed recently, is that my...
I was reading The Epistle of Barnabas (a letter by one of the early Church Fathers) this week and came across this curious argument. According to Barnabas, Israel misunderstood the food laws given at Mt. Sinai. Moses wasn’t referring to actual food. He was speaking “spiritually.” God’s intention wasn’t to forbid...
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