As my wife browsed the female half of J. Crew, I stood by the stroller on the male half and tried to distract my daughters from the boredom of shopping (I still have a few financially stable years before they start believing that shopping is fun). When a salesman asked...
I’m guessing this has never happened to you. But it happened to a friend of mine. The church he pastors rents its sanctuary and offices from another church. When that church put the property up for sale, a wealthy Hindu couple purchased it. They assured my friend that nothing...
I’ll explain what I don’t mean by that in a minute; first let share my experience with worship leading. I was a junior in high school when I asked a friend to teach me to play guitar, partially out of boredom. He graciously taught me a few Nirvana songs and...
The passion for college football in Arkansas amazes me. What happened the previous Saturday on the field and what will happen the next one saturates life in between. It even seeps into my classes. For instance, my first year as a prof, the Razorbacks and their new coach were...
Last week my firstborn son and I went kayaking for his twelfth birthday. For five hours, we enjoyed the beautiful Arkansas countryside. It is good for the human soul to bask in God’s creation. As we navigated through the rushing white waters and glided through calm pools, we noticed...
I can remember looking forward to the day when I would have kids with whom I could have theological conversations. Not that this was the reason I wanted kids, I just thought it would be exciting to teach my heirs some amazing theology. My daughters are now three and five...
It's just been announced today: Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle have teamed up to write a book addressing the current controversy over the existence of hell. The book is entitled Erasing Hell: What God Said About Eternity, and the Things We Made Up. Chan and Sprinkle examine what the New Testament...
The western church, as you know, wades around in a thick sludge of individualism. We admit it. We bemoan it. But sometimes we don’t realize just how deep our individualism runs. As I peel back the many unforeseen layers of my presuppositions, I often see individualistic tendencies governing my...
This is a simple thought, but today it’s striking me as important. Yesterday I went to the beach with my family after church. We packed up our beach gear, packed up our dinner, and headed out. We had an amazing afternoon with the girls—relaxing, playing in the waves, turning the...
Who doesn’t love the Psalms? These poem-songs have been treasured throughout church history. Yet we often have trouble with the imagery and figures of speech that make poetry what it is. God loves poetry. Over a third of the Bible is recorded in poetic form. Essentially, poetry is a highly...
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