Theories of Atonement

Did Jesus pay Satan a hefty ransom for humanity’s redemption?

About Last Sunday: Message Notes and Other Things

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.

Traits of Abusive Leaders

We’re here to restore people to fellowship, not power, remember that. 

1826 Days in Canada: A Short Story.

Welp, that’s five years in Canada for us. Let’s see what happens in the next five!

Why God’s Justice is Good News

Divine Justice is equally retributive and reparative.

The Alien and the Earth

What am I to you, World, but a passing stranger?

Whole Bodies. Halved Souls.

How plagued we are by this broken duality.

One Year of Blogging in the Books!

I launched this blog one year ago today.

Love Your Neighbor: Afghanistan

Love your neighbor.

Of Christians, Pandemics, and Pro-Life Hypocrisy

Bear one another’s burdens.

Faith Built On Fear: An Observation of a Christian Mind Fueled by Fear

We become enslaved by the doing of things for God to receive things from God. Christ has delivered us from these ascetic tendencies because they serve no purpose.

Short Post: Struggling With Numbness and Rage

I’m stuck in between numbness and rage in the face of continual abuse of power, denial of trauma and racism, denial of the legacy of racism and trauma, denial of abuse all around. 

“Guilty!” A Bittersweet Narrative

I am content with this verdict. I am also distraught by how many other officers have escaped justice over the years.

The Burden of History & The Curse of Heritage

A Review of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Racist History and Present Day Iconolatry of Slave Owners 

How to Cope with Life Throughout Derek Chauvin’s Murder Trial: Consider Nehemiah’s Resolve

Our expression should not be retaliatory but redemptive.

Thoughts on our Preaching Masterclass (so far)

I’ve had the privilege of participating in a preaching masterclass offered by our church’s executive pastor, Rohan Samuels, M.T.S.; ThD (cand.). I’m thankful for the course because it brings out the validity and technicality of what preaching can be. The weight of transferring that which is plainly visible on the pages of scripture onto anContinue reading “Thoughts on our Preaching Masterclass (so far)”

Church Health 101: Destigmatizing Pain and Suffering

The Lewis Revelation “Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say ‘My tooth is aching’ than to say ‘My heart is broken.’” C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain ItContinue reading “Church Health 101: Destigmatizing Pain and Suffering”

Giftedness vs. Fruitfulness: The Hidden Dangers of Following Gifted Church Leaders

A Dilemma The advent of the Evangelical Industrial Complex and its ugly younger sibling, Celebrity Pastor Syndrome, has forced evangelicals to ponder why they’re so attracted to the concept of global ministry success and the undeniable giftedness of certain personalities who occupy the stage come Sunday morning.  But why do we allow ourselves to emulateContinue reading “Giftedness vs. Fruitfulness: The Hidden Dangers of Following Gifted Church Leaders”

How Should We Treat Someone Who Has Left The Church For Good?

Notable Exits When reading Jon Steingard’s exit-Christianity manifesto I could hardly sit still as I wanted to reach through the screen and explain to him that he was wrong about so many things. How so many of his reasons for leaving Christianity, for abandoning faith, and yes, for leaving the multi-award-winning Christian rock band, HawkContinue reading “How Should We Treat Someone Who Has Left The Church For Good?”

Megachurches: Are They Necessary?

Take these words with a grain of salt and some hot sauce.

Avoiding Extremes: A Word of Caution From a Former Fundamentalist

Separation. Isolation. Indoctrination. Radicalization.