Of Caves and Bedsheets

Fear does some strange things to us. I remember as a kid doing the typical late night thing after watching a scary movie. The movie itself was terrifying - and I did it to myself by choosing to watch it. Then came the inevitable moment when sleep begins to take over and the images of …

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How do I actually live this?

I was asked that question earlier this week. It was from someone who struggles with addiction. It has impacted their life, their marriage, their work, their health - you name it, it's been touched. The frustration was painfully obvious from this individual as I was asked that question about living the Christian life. They pray. …

Common Ground in Luke, Paul, and Peter

COMPARISON of NT WRITINGS | Luke, Colossians, & 1 Peter The New Testament represents an amazing in-breaking of God into the reality of humanity and the reality of his creation. Prior to the New Testament, the presence of God was, while certainly immanent on many occasions, seemed to have a transcendence that was unapproachable most …

Wrestling with tragedy…

Senseless Tragedy The above link is to a story I read today. Two teen girls apparently killed on a trail in Indiana, a rural area outside of Lafayette. I read a lot of news. Some of it is political in nature. A lot deals with the sciences. I am moved by stories where good has happened …

Justin Martyr and Early Christian Thought

Justin Martyr’s Unique Logos Spermatikos  In the middle of the 2nd Century, we find at the forefront of the church a group of thought leaders that are now known as the Apologists. Rising from the culture, these philosophers and theologians bring a strength to the church that was desperately needed for this new found faith. …

The Trinity and Free-will

The Trinity “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One.” (Deuteronomy 6:4) Known as the Shema, this declaration of God as one is tremendously powerful. It has shaped the belief systems of three world religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This monotheistic God is complete in existence and untouchable in the great beyond. Yet within the Bible is …

Purpose and the Anthropic Principle

I decided to upload some of my work from my Master's of Divinity Studies from Bethel Seminary. This is from my Theology and Science class, a very challenging class since it stretched my comfort zone quite a bit. It's a bit long for a blog, but I think you may find it helpful. Created May …

The Struggle for Hearts

As I write this, the news crossing my screens is pretty dire. 30+ tourists killed in Tunisia. Suicide attack in Kuwait. Beheading in France. And on the American front, I read about the decision made by the Supreme Court that radically transforms marriage. What a divergent flood. And all this is pecking at hearts. For …

Whatever Happens

Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel (‭Philippians‬ ‭1‬:‭27‬ NIV) When I read …

Silence – Good or Bad?

Silence is missing in our culture. It is painfully obvious when we have our streaming music going, the TV playing streaming programs, buzzing from our phones and rings from texts, the sounds surround us with anything but silence. So, when we feel that God is silent, we are surprised. Kind of like if you have …