In case you missed it, my wife and I are transitioning to full-time missionary staff with Cru in 2017. Since last week, we've been in Daytona Beach at Cru's new staff orientation. Today, we interacted a bit with Keith Johnson, Cru's director of theological development. Meeting him face-to-face for the first time reminded me when I first served with Cru … Continue reading A Journey to Christ-Centered Bible Study
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. (Philippians 2:5-7) Christmas Day is a full … Continue reading Day 25: He Emptied Himself
It's not often when a family of five with three kids five years and under decide on the spur of the moment, on a crisp Saturday morning in November, to drive nearly two hours for a history lesson. That's exactly what we did yesterday. And it was completely worth it. Around 8am, my wife, half serious, … Continue reading A Walk through Northampton
Martin Luther helped spark a revival in the church that continues today. If you worship Jesus as a part of any Protestant community, you can thank God for using this German monk. The son of a copper miner, Martin Luther was an exceptionally bright young man. He began studying law at the university level when he … Continue reading Happy Reformation Day
Is the Bible true historically? Specifically the Old Testament? This is a big question people who love the Bible face from time to time. Some people argue that the Old Testament is reliable in what it teaches theologically about God and man, but not historically. That is, these people argue that the Old Testament is not … Continue reading Is the Old Testament Reliable History?
Humans are naturally bent toward works righteousness. We think that if we do good, God will think we are good. When it comes to Bible reading, we often moralize passages of Scripture, asking, “What does this passage have to do to me?” and “What is God requiring of me in this passage?” Those questions aren’t … Continue reading Jesus: Redeemer and Unfaithful Bride
Yesterday I did my best to briefly summarize why Jesus must be God. Today, I want to do the same with the question, Why must God be a Trinity? If we are honest, the Trinity seems, at best, a math problem or a religious puzzle to solve. At worst, it is a man-made construction not supported … Continue reading Why Must God be a Trinity?
Over the course of church history, every heresy finds its end in one of two places: the person of Jesus (as God and Man) or the Trinity. A truly historic, orthodox faith holds to both Jesus being fully God and fully Man and a Trinitarian God who is one yet three: Father, Son, and Spirit. In two … Continue reading Why Must Jesus Be God?
Advent began the Sunday after Thanksgiving. It is the time in the Christian calendar that leads up to Christmas day, and the word "advent" (from the Latin word adventus meaning "arrival" or "coming") signals a time of anticipation. But it's not anticipating for gifts or parties or ugly sweaters or egg nog. It's a season of longing for hope---true hope in … Continue reading Christmas Lights Keep Shining On
This Sunday I'm preaching from Psalm 88. Eugene Peterson's The Message paraphrase of that chapter inspired me to take a deeper look and draw out some of the obscurities of this ancient Hebrew song. Here is my best Petersonian effort at my own paraphrase. Psalm 88 O Yahweh, you are my savior; All day and night I’m praying … Continue reading Psalm 88: A Paraphrase