Love, Light and Life.

What does it mean to be a Christian? Have you ever really thought about that question? How would you answer it? Perhaps you might say, “well, being a Christian means I go to church on Sunday.” Or perhaps something along the lines of, “being a Christian means I don’t lie, cheat or steal.” It’s an…

A prayer of thanksgiving.

November 28, 2019. Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of the universe, who brings everything into being. Who gives the sun and the rain, the continuing cycles that bring forth life. Who appoints the days and the seasons to bless the sons of men. Blessed are you, O Lord our God, King of…

The Meaning of Marriage: A picture of Christ and the church

November 3, 2019. What does it mean to bear the image of God? In the opening pages of the bible we are given a creation story in which we hear God say “Let us create man in our own image, after our likeness…”, and then we read So God created man in his own image,…

Freedom in Christ.

July 4, 2019. “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1 July 4th is a day that we as Americans typically hold in high regard as we reflect on who we are as a nation and the quintessential American value of…

Contextual Hebrews, pt. 2: Jesus Superior to the Angels

July 12, 2017. Click here for the class handout. Part two of our class diving deeper into the background and context of the Hebrew epistle will examine the argument that the Hebrew writer puts forth in the first two chapters: Jesus has been exalted above the angels. At first glance, this may seem strange to…

Genesis: The Abrahamic Covenant.

October 18, 2016. I apologize for posting this week’s lesson a little late. I was unable to write about it before the class because of some scheduling conflicts. The previous two weeks we talked about seeing God as Creator and then the fall. This week we are moving on to chapter 12 of Genesis that…

Genesis Three: The Fall.

October 9, 2016. Last week we began a series of four lessons that I am teaching for a class out of the book of Genesis. Though each lesson will not be necessarily related to one another, the first two big concepts that I believe we can pull from the book of Genesis often go hand…

Does this life matter?

March 4, 2016.   “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with…

Choose your paradigm: Membership or Missional. (Part 1)

  February 15, 2015. I have been listening to a lot of sermons and podcasts recently that have dealt with the mission of the church and how we need to relight our fire. Of particular note was the distinction between two different paradigms in Christianity that we need to be aware of to choose the…

Psalm 148-150: Ending in praise.

January 7, 2016. Reading: Psalm 148-150. Background: Psalm 145-147. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 148 Praise the Lord: As we draw near the end of the book of psalms, we find that the majority of psalms are solely songs of praise to the Lord. This is the case with this song, as we are called together…

Here’s to 2016.

January 1, 2016. Two years ago, I decided to start a blog. It was then that I embarked on a journey that would prove enriching, challenging and defining, as day by day would bring something new. The first year, I often didn’t know how each days thoughts would go as I just set out to write…

Song of Songs 4-6: Drunk with love.

December 17, 2015. Daily Reading: Song of Songs 4-6. Background: Song of Songs 1-3. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 4 The consummation of marriage: The majority of this chapter is dedicated to Solomon’s admiration of his bride’s beauty. He describes her form in such detail that we still blush in parts of the poetry today. There…