The Pursuing God

July 11, 2016 at 5:20 pm
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“Jesus reveals a God who comes after us, who is on the prowl, hunting down his world for reconciliation. And the question we’re left with is not whether we’ve been good enough, jumped high enough, or sought hard enough…The question is, do we want to be found.” – The Pursuing God I […]

The Second Coming

April 6, 2016 at 3:28 pm
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2,000 years is a long time to wait. So long in fact that I humbly admit that the return of Jesus scarcely crosses my mind. When I am confronted by it in the Scriptures, in ways so matter-of-fact and so full of certainty, I cannot help at times to scoff […]

Ashley Madison & the Suicide of Dr. John Gibson

September 17, 2015 at 12:38 pm
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Two men, two betrayals, and two very different endings. Judas is greedy for thirty pieces of silver and sells out his friend to the awaiting authorities with an insincere kiss on a cheek. Peter waits in the darkening courtyard and calls down curses from heaven as he denies any knowledge […]

Resting in the Work

August 13, 2015 at 1:40 pm
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“Most Christians make the mistake of trying walk in order to be able to sit but that is the reverse of the true order. Our natural reason says if we do not walk, how can we ever reach the goal? But Christianity is a queer business. If at the outset […]

Recipe for Renewed Christianity

April 10, 2015 at 6:35 pm
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          Ross Douthat is the youngest op-ed writer ever hired by the New York Times. More impressive than his age is the fact that he is also a Christian. As a Harvard graduate with a brilliant mind, Douthat is able to synthesize and critique some of the […]

A Glorious Dark: Review

April 2, 2015 at 4:18 pm
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 “Maybe it’s not stories that we love; maybe it’s the storytellers themselves we love.” A.J. Swoboda  With Holy Week upon us it is fitting to offer a review of a book that is sure to become an annual offering for those searching for a companion to journey with them through […]

Judas: A Response to Craig Gross

March 19, 2015 at 6:20 pm
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          Craig Gross, founder and pastor of xxxchurch.com, recently posted an article in CNN questioning the eternal fate of Judas Iscariot. For those unfamiliar with the historical details, Judas was one of the twelve disciples chosen by Jesus. He was the treasurer of the bunch and […]

Isaac: A Theology of Sacrifice

June 19, 2014 at 8:52 pm
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Abraham was sure he had heard the promise descend out of the sky, straight from God himself. It was the promise of a son. It was the promise that ancient loins would still bring forth life and barren wombs would finally produce lineage. It was the promise of legacy and […]

How Hipsters Became More Powerful than the Gates of Hell

August 15, 2013 at 6:28 pm
How Hipsters Became More Powerful than the Gates of Hell

“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matt. 16:1   Scene 1: I am on staff at a Presbyterian church that follows a formal Presbyterian liturgy. I am taking a respite […]

Generational Sin

November 29, 2012 at 8:27 pm
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In the days and weeks surrounding the holidays I am always reminded of a theological truth known as “generational sin.” The phrase itself sounds rather archaic, medieval even. The notion that the sins of future generations trickle down to fall squarely on the shoulders of proceeding generations sounds more like […]