Personal Reflections on the Balance of Love and Truth

The last few days I’ve been thinking about how Jesus lived out this thing we call “grace and truth” (John 1:14).  Here are some raw thoughts, as they come to mind about this command we are to follow: I know that personally I lean more toward truth than love.  But with certain people, I can…

I Speak American, Not English

Oxford has produced a dictionary of North American English, and its second edition has over 250,000 entries.  It’s called the “New Oxford American Dictionary.”  It’s a dictionary that has definitions for American words. Here’s my point in that: I attended a rugby game here tonight in Pretoria, South Africa.  I was with Rylan, my fellow…

Dear President Obama…

Tom Foreman, an Anderson Cooper 360 correspondent, is writing a letter a day to President Obama.  They are being published on CNN’s website. This letter, answering the question “If God loves everyone, why are there different religions?” shows the problem with mainline denominational Christianity.  Foreman openly says that he is a Christian, but you’ll see…

Some Things I Miss About Home

I’ve been living in South Africa for nearly three months now — certainly long enough to miss some insignificant things from home.  Of course, more than anything else I miss being with Carly.  But she’s not insignificant. So, here’s ten (in no particular order). Driving on the right hand side of the road (update: I…

Confessions of a Campus Pastor

Campus ministry, at large, is vastly different than ministry in a church.  The demographic is narrowed.  The lifestyles are more uniform.  The conversations are generally more surface-level because college students don’t have that much experience in life. So when a college student “accepts” Christ, it is usually a big deal.  People get super excited.  There’s…

The 50/50 Gospel and Grace

Jonathan Dodson: In his newest book, Christless Christianity, Michael Horton argues that a semi-pelagian understanding of the gospel plagues the American church. Is it fair, however, to lay our rampant nominalism at the feet of Pelagius? After all, most so-called “semi-pelagian” churches are neither aware of nor lay claim to Pelagian doctrine (heresy). Perhaps it…