I’ve spent a decent portion of my life judging “nominal Christians.” You know, those so-called believers who trudge to church week after week but “don’t really mean it.” They might show up for the fun stuff: the holiday hay rides, the shock-and-awe worship services, maybe even an occasional mission trip (as long as it is […]Read more "Are You A Nominal Christian? Am I?"
I want to talk briefly today about the nature of the conversation experience in the Christian faith. It’s a difficult topic to discuss. Why? As Derek Rishmawy succintly put it, discussing conversion is like trying to, “look at your own eye ball.” True. Nonetheless, I find myself constantly thinking the process through with increasing frequency […]Read more "What Is A Disciple? Brief Thoughts On Conversion, Emotion, and Baptism"
Two ostensibly unrelated items on the religious news landscape caught my eye this week. On closer inspection however I think they are intimate dissections into the dysfunction of American evangelicism and into the dysfunction of my own warped soul. First, Texas Senator and possible 2016 GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz stormed off the stage after […]Read more "Hubris or Holiness? Can Evangelicals Tell The Difference?"
The following is a sermon delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to his congregation in Montgomery, Alabama on November 4,1956. He imagines receiving an epistle from the Apostle Paul addressed to American Christians. It is utterly fascinating. Enjoy. I would like to share with you an imaginary letter from the pen of the […]Read more "Paul’s Letter to the American Church"
“Christ’s sacrifice is a sacrifice of praise, of sanctification, of restoration, by which he offers the whole of creation to the Father so that the Father may bring it to life through the Holy Spirit. It is truly a Pasch, the Passover, the passing over of creation into the kingdom of life. Because of the […]Read more "The Atonement’s Depth"
Israel and Palestine. Is there any more divisive a topic facing our world today? Everyone has an opinion. Everyone has an answer. And nothing ever gets accomplished. Conflict between the two is nothing new even in my short lifetime. My generation has seen it multiple times, early 2000’s in the West Bank, 2006 in Lebanon, […]Read more "What Does it Mean to Stand With Israel?"
Throughout the spring I’ve plodding through The Ladder of Divine Ascent by John Climacus, a 7th Century monastic leader of the Eastern Church. I wasn’t sure what to expect. I simply trying to get out of my comfort zone a bit. Though its not accurate to say the book has been ignored in the West, […]Read more "Unexpected Springs from the Desert"