A plea for unity.

September 18, 2016. Ramifications of the reformation. It is an understatement to say that there is a lot of division in the church today. Though it seems that people have been divisive from the beginning (see I Corinthians 1-3), today the amount of separation in the entirety of Christendom is both disheartening and damaging to…

Followship.

September 11, 2016. This weekend I had the opportunity to plan a men’s retreat with a couple of my good friends from church. We decided on the theme of “Service” or being a servant, and there was a particular lesson that I wanted to teach about serving one another in the church. I will admit…

Worshipping rhetoric.

August 28, 2016. Today I am posting on something that I have actually been thinking about for a while, but it has the potential to step on some toes, so I have been somewhat avoiding the topic. However, I am going to try to approach the topic in a way that is humble and gentle,…

Lazarus and the Resurrection.

August 21, 2016. This week a group of us got together to do a bible study, and we talked about the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead (I know, I keep using my past week as prompts, but I’ve just gotten some good ideas from these discussions!), and during the discussion, someone brought…

Ready to die, but not on a cross.

August 14, 2016. “And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” (Mark 8:34) This past week at a bible study that the guys do on Thursday morning, my friend Jacob said something…

Paul’s thorn.

August 7, 2016. “So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.” (II Corinthians 12:7) Paul’s thorn in the flesh was mentioned, somewhat in passing, in a lesson…

Thorny ground.

July 31, 2016. There are four types of soil that Jesus talks about in His famous parable of the sower. I’ve heard this story many times, as you may have as well, as it is almost the textbook example to teach what a parable is and how to interpret them, since Jesus explicitly does this…

I go a fishing.

July 24, 2016. “Simon Peter said to them, ‘I am going fishing.’ They said to him, ‘We will go with you.’” (John 21:3a) There is a phrase in the KJV rendition of this story that has resonated with me many times throughout the years, though I’m not quite sure that I have always known why….

God as Sustainer.

July 18, 2016. “Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for “‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “‘For we are indeed his offspring.’” (Acts 17:27b-28) It’s been quite a while since I last wrote, and I really have…

Audio resources.

April 9, 2016. For those of you who know me personally, you probably know that I listen to a lot of audio podcast of sermons and biblical teachings throughout the week. This week, I wrote an email for a friend describing some of the ones I listen to and providing the link to find what…

The ancient fool.

April 1, 2016. April fool’s day is a unique cultural experience where people on a national level participate in various practical jokes and hoaxes. There is just something satisfying about tricking someone with a fake article or false claim, only to see their face drop when they realize they have been fooled. Perhaps there is even…

The Christian Apologetic: Jesus Christ.

March 11, 2016. Over the past few weeks, I have been writing an apologetic for a discussion with a friend in Germany. It is an apologetic that I don’t think Christian communities use as often as we should, though I could just be wrong about the prevalence of the thoughts. When we ask the question,…