Today is Good Friday. What’s so good about the day Jesus of Nazareth was nailed to the cross? Of course, many of us would say, “He died for our sins and that makes it Good Friday.” As soon as we begin thinking or talking about why Jesus died we begin engaging in atonement theology. Here’s what I walk […]Read more "Atonement Makes this Friday Good"
As my sabbatical draws near to its end I find myself pulled in two directions, both based on the same lie. On the one hand, I want to get back to the work of shepherding, planning, preaching and sharing good news with people. On the other hand, having the time to read, to pray, to […]Read more "Time is Manna"
Recently my daughter has been devouring several popular teen fiction series. One day she was accustomed to reading only what was assigned in school and the next she was on book four of a seven book series. I offered to get her a kindle but she declined. Her response was something like, “I like having […]Read more "Recovering Formed from In-Formed"
“In a revival of God’s work souls are born of the Spirit. They do not merely feel better; they are made better. There is a real change in their dispositions. The passionate become patient; the ambitious lowly, the proud humble and self-denying. People are converted, not simply to a belief, but to God. There is […]Read more "Feel Better or Made Better"
I like acronyms, nay, I love acronyms. I know they’re corny, but they can be uber helpful. I ran across one such useful acronym some years ago and have gotten enormous mileage out of it. GROWTH: Go to God daily in prayer; Read the Bible daily; Obey God; Witness to your faith; Trust God; have the […]Read more "TULIP from a Wesleyan Perspective"
I often hear people say, more or less, “If God would only [insert your miracle here] then I would believe he exists.” I’m less convinced each year that such a spectacular event would be of much help. What people want is not certainty that God exists, but that God is present. What people need is […]Read more "The Limits of Signs, Wonders, and the Spectacular"
Some days I simply want a God who will tell me exactly what to do. I must be getting old. When I was younger I wouldn’t let anyone tell me what to do, let alone ask for someone to tell me what to do. I was creative, idealistic, and full of endless possibilities. Something happens […]Read more "Machine or Personality"