Jonah 1-4: The prophet who hated people.

October 30, 2015. Daily Reading: Jonah 1-4. Background: The book of Jonah is the fifth of the minor prophets and tells quite a story of a prophet who tried to run from his call from God. This story is a favorite children’s story, though the version that is told to children is often very different…

7 Thoughts on translations and different versions of the Bible.

December 26, 2014. There is often a lot of discussion in churches about which version of the bible is best to use and which stays closest to the original language. Sometimes you can even see a correlation of the stance a church takes (on a conservative scale) by the version of the bible they most…

Hymnnotes: When My Love to Christ Grows Weak.

November 28, 2014. For a while now I have wanted to do a series on some of my favorite hymns with a running commentary on the verses as they unfold. I believe singing to be one of the best ways to worship our Lord, and music has throughout the centuries both captivated and touched the…

Speak, for the time is near.

September 9, 2014. “But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy,heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power.“(II Timothy 3:1-5b)…

The cost of discipleship.

May 21, 2014. Today it rained. Such a simple sentence, but what an impact it had on our mindset. We had just finished teaching English at the academy and we got back to the church went it decided to downpour. It was honestly the happiest I have been all trip. I was ecstatic. After we…

Two by two.

May 7, 2014. Day two of Nicaragua and I think things are going great! Today we spilt up into three groups, one went to the academy to teach english, one went door knocking in the community and one went to members houses. I was with the group that visited members houses. It was really cool…

There ain’t no rest for the wicked; or is there?

May 13, 2014. Have you ever wondered why revenge is a bad thing? Instead of just accepting it as a sin, have you thought about the meaning behind it? I suppose we could do well to do this for many sins, as we might better understand the character of God in this manner. The Almighty…

A fire in our bones.

April 13, 2014. O Lord, you have deceived me,   and I was deceived; you are stronger than I,   and you have prevailed. I have become a laughingstock all the day;   everyone mocks me. For whenever I speak, I cry out,   I shout, “Violence and destruction!” For the word of the Lord…