Did Jesus pay Satan a hefty ransom for humanity’s redemption?
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
We’re here to restore people to fellowship, not power, remember that.
Welp, that’s five years in Canada for us. Let’s see what happens in the next five!
Divine Justice is equally retributive and reparative.
What am I to you, World, but a passing stranger?
How plagued we are by this broken duality.
I launched this blog one year ago today.
Love your neighbor.
Bear one another’s burdens.
Where can a racist person live out their racist sentiments without the fear of public reprisal and invective?
Christ is a nigger.
I dedicate my one-hundredth blog post to my lovely wife.
And this is where I run into this new conundrum of historical presentism.
How can we preach a message we have not believed?
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.
My reading list for 2021 is daunting and hopeless but that’s the fate of anyone who dares to read and read at length about history.
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.
A Review of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Racist History and Present Day Iconolatry of Slave Owners
If someone falls by the wayside, they fail to finish an activity, and if something falls by the wayside, people stop doing it, making it, or using it.
The Heavens watch and they wait.
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”
This is one of the most difficult write-ups I’ve ever dared to compose because it involves the celebrated Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias. The man has influenced believers worldwide, myself included, to think critically about their faith and bridge the heart and mind in pursuit of truth. His talks at university forums have shaped the wayContinue reading “Ravi Zacharias: Apologist, Intellectual, and Serial Predator?”
“I don’t think that churches create narcissists. I think they give a platform for the narcissistic personality to flourish if they don’t have discerning skills.” – Scot McKnight So… I couldn’t help but think that we must develop a better way to root out dangerous individuals from our leadership structures. This sounds promising but itContinue reading “Two Practical Steps to Prevent Narcissists from Becoming Pastors”
Originally posted on a different blogging platform on April 21, 2020. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receiveContinue reading “The God of All Comfort”
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”
Father, thank you for giving us the opportunity to know You. An opportunity to see that You are Love, You are Wise, and You are Just. In your Love, We ask that you reintroduce kindness into our conversations, Compassion into our conduct toward one another, And brotherly love in the face of national adversity andContinue reading “Let Us Pray: Inauguration Day”
“For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” – 1 Corinthians 2:2 Introductory Thoughts As we dive into this Sunday’s sermon on “Cruciform Worship” we must better understand that Christ calls us to worship Him in truth and in spirit. Without this understanding of true worship, we will beContinue reading “Sunday Review: Cruciform Worship”