Why Cosmology Matters

“Actually, we believe that Christianity started at the creation of the world.” I was going back and forth with one of my friends who was giving his account of why he didn’t believe in any religion. He spoke generally about the age of religions. About how Islam was predated by Christianity which was predated byContinue reading “Why Cosmology Matters”

My Favorite Books of 2021

I know I’m a little bit behind everyone else on my “top 10 books” list, but we just moved to a new city, and I think I’m finally getting back to my old rhythms. These are the top 10 books that I enjoyed in 2021. 10. Evangelism as Exiles-Elliot ClarkClark is painfully biblical, painful becauseContinue reading “My Favorite Books of 2021”

Letters of Recommendation

We don’t like to admit it, but who you know is sometimes as-if not more-important than how good you are at something. We’ve gone through some hiring in our office recently, and a well-connected 3.5 GPA absolutely beats out a 4.0 that nobody knows. It’s hard to overstate the power of a good recommendation. ButContinue reading “Letters of Recommendation”

Drilling and Blasting

I don’t know if I can recommend “Center Church” by Timothy Keller enough. I’m not a big “re-reader,” but I’m going through his book again. And I’m so glad I am, the book is full of ways to engage with culture, one of the most helpful being his analogy of drilling and blasting. Keller expressesContinue reading “Drilling and Blasting”

The Untouched Part

I just finished “The Untouched Part” by Eunice-Pauline Olatunji. I’ll be honest, I have some mixed feelings about this book. Though there are some helpful parts, there are also some things I definitely would have done differently. Review The COVID-19 pandemic shook a lot of our categories. A fast-paced, unreflective world forced to stop traveling,Continue reading “The Untouched Part”

Job: a poem

Job is a surprisingly encouraging book when we suffer. Not because it makes our suffering any less, but because it kills the lies that make suffering unbearable. Lies that we didn’t think we believed, but can crop up when we see intense suffering, either in our lives or in the lives of others. Lies like,Continue reading “Job: a poem”

Ministry, Marriage, and the Delicate Balance of 1 Corinthians 7

1 Corinthians 7 is often put forward as the chapter on singleness. And while I do believe that it is the Bible’s most valuable chapter on that subject, how the Bible portrays singleness will–by implication– tell us a lot about what marriage is about. 1 Corinthians 7 states that singleness is better than marriage, becauseContinue reading “Ministry, Marriage, and the Delicate Balance of 1 Corinthians 7”

News, context, and anxiety

Most people know the feeling of being anxious. A big event is in the future, you don’t really know what is going to happen, and you feel a stress crawling up into the edges of all your thoughts. At its worst, the anxiety paralyzes you and you search for something to distract you from thinkingContinue reading “News, context, and anxiety”

By Balloon or by Car

“And the weakness of All Utopias is this, that they take the greatest difficulty of man and assume it to be overcome, and then give an elaborate account of the overcoming of the smaller ones. They first assume that no man will want more than his share, and then are very ingenious in explaining whetherContinue reading “By Balloon or by Car”

Defrost your heart

I have a love/hate relationship with large cuts of meat. I don’t like to keep raw meat in my fridge, because I always feel I’m on a timer before it goes bad. But, since I keep my fridge really (probably too) cold, It may take two or three days to thaw meat that I’ve pulledContinue reading “Defrost your heart”

Why fundamentalists do well in missional churches

I’ve noticed that people with fundamentalist backgrounds tend to do well in missional churches.  Now I know “fundamentalist” is a broad term and “missional” is a broad term, but I need to say something, right? Fundamentalism Fundamentalism was a movement that grew in part as a reaction to theological liberalism. Fundamentalists were a group ofContinue reading “Why fundamentalists do well in missional churches”

Create Dissonance

A few things stuck with me from the general education classes I took in college. One of these was the idea of “cognitive dissonance.” In psychology, this is the idea of having two  inconsistent thoughts, neither of which you want to give up. Having these contradictory ideas in your head at the same time causesContinue reading “Create Dissonance”

Learn to Fall

“In other words,” [Bree] continued, “you can’t ride. That’s a drawback. I’ll have to teach you as we go along. If you can’t ride, can you fall?” “I suppose anyone can fall,” said Shasta.“I mean can you fall and get up again without crying and mount again and fall again and yet not be afraid ofContinue reading “Learn to Fall”

Good Enough

I’m going to say something controversial. When we do things, especially things in furtherance of the gospel, I think often we should settle with “good enough.” What do I mean? You haven’t prepared enough for a Bible study you are invited to lead? Lead it anyway. You are not super well versed on all theContinue reading “Good Enough”

Our Business is People

You can’t measure how well or poorly you are doing something unless you have some sort of metric. Are you a good bricklayer? There is a few ways to measure that. Number of bricks laid, how strong the structure is, how honest your prices are, how well your clients like you. But here is theContinue reading “Our Business is People”

Poem: John’s Faults

In honor of Father’s day, I’m posting a poem that I wrote about my son John when he was only 2 months old. A lot has changed; unfortunately that change has been more drastic in him than in me. John’s Faults John, You’re a baby, and I love how you play and cooBut I admit,Continue reading “Poem: John’s Faults”

When Your Ears Itch

“I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when peopleContinue reading “When Your Ears Itch”

Make Yourself Replaceable

When I was in college, I and a few friends started a campus ministry. We did small-group Bible studies and a series of evangelistic outreaches, ranging somewhere from wacky to somewhat decent. Overall, a good organization. I remember someone, years after I graduated, coming up to me and saying that they really appreciated the workContinue reading “Make Yourself Replaceable”

Poem: Demas

Second Timothy was written near the end of Paul’s life, and in a lot of ways it is a really sad book. Paul talks about people abandoning him, one of them was Demas. The Bible doesn’t tell us a lot about this man, but Paul does write, “…Demas, in love with this present world, hasContinue reading “Poem: Demas”

What Else is Real

Background My son is almost 2, so I traffick pretty heavily in children’s books. One of my favorites, “Why do we say goodnight,” is by Champ Thornton. Especially for being a children’s book, this book has some really solid truth. I think his most helpful contribution is how he portrays the interplay between emotions andContinue reading “What Else is Real”

Rugged Good Works

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they mayContinue reading “Rugged Good Works”

The Difficult Church

Background On March 15, 2020 our church closed its doors temporarily because of Covid-19. We are slated to open again on June 7, and frankly, it has been a long two months. For me, uncertainty has been the hardest part. As a small group leader, I have people that look to me for direction, andContinue reading “The Difficult Church”

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