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 …

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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 …

Thinking about leadership…

I have a desire. Not just any. But I don't think that I often put it into words. That desire focuses on the real need for real leaders to be seen, heard, understood, and emulated. I want to be part of developing a culture at the church I lead that embraces new, young, inexperienced leaders …

Broken.

Our world is broken. Simple as that. The problem is that of solution to the brokenness. It is not easy. I hear from the news of thousands of Christians being slaughtered in Syria, Iraq, Nigeria - thousands of other innocents whose lives are ended based on one thing - that of NOT being Muslim. There …

Professional

I thoroughly enjoy watching a good NFL game. The competition. The human effort. THe athleticism. All these capture my imaginations and even allow me to actually think, 'yeah, I could've done that'. Then reality sets in and I realize that they are 'professionals', tested and proven to have the skill and fortitude to endure. I …

The Reality of Maturity

Instead, his delight is in the Lord ’s instruction, and he meditates on it day and night. He is like a tree planted beside streams of water that bears its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. (Psalms 1:2, 3 HCSB) There is an obvious blessing associated with simply …