Thanksgiving in Prison

November 24, 2016 at 12:41 pm
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“I am disappointed that I am so weak. I feel at the point of failure” The words repeated themselves several times throughout the letter, punctuated with additional confessions of panic attacks, depression, hopelessness, loneliness and fear.   The letter was sent from a fellow colleague in ministry, and had I not […]

Following the Light into Sierra Leone

October 12, 2016 at 1:24 pm
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The paved highway ended and we turned onto red dirt roads made slick by the rainy season. Two lanes soon become one and turned upward through a potholed maze of boulders and washed-out trails, that twisted our truck higher and higher into the thickening canopy. When the trail stopped, we […]

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 […]

The Fall of Tullian Tchividjian

June 23, 2015 at 1:13 pm
The Fall of Tullian Tchividjian

  Like racism and police brutality, the public failure of megachurch pastors is an unfortunately common theme in the media these days. The most recent tale surfaced after the resignation of Tullian Tchividjian, Senior Pastor of Coral Ridge Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida following his confession of an extramarital affair. Like all failure, both […]

Thy Kingdom Come

June 8, 2015 at 1:37 pm
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It’s 6:00 am on a Saturday morning and the people from the village have gathered to pray. Not trite prayers, not little prayers, but prayers of power, prayers of deliverance, prayers of confession and prayers of tears. I shuffle in among them and I am handed a small shard of […]

Captain of a Sinking Ship

April 30, 2015 at 4:58 pm
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On May 7, 1915 a German U-boat fired a lone torpedo off the coast of Ireland. Within seconds it struck the hull of a British passenger liner called the Lusitania. Just eighteen minutes later over 45,000 tons of metal, wood, coal and humanity sank into the North Atlantic. Of the […]

Is dinner with my friends church?

April 23, 2015 at 7:09 pm
Is Dinner With My Friends Church?

 “Without going into all the backstory, I’ll just tell you that I feel like God is moving me to be in a different kind of church. Specifically, one that has more of a home-church kind of vibe. So, is it OK for me to have church at my home? I […]

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 […]

The Dangers & Blessings of Spiritual Intimacy

February 20, 2014 at 5:04 pm
The Dangers & Blessings of Spiritual Intimacy

Imagine with me for a moment that I am a man who is passionately searching for a closer relationship with God. I am reading his word, I am praying, I am seeking him out through fellowship with other believers. I desperately want to grow. And imagine with me that I […]

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 […]