There is a reason we are enamored with The Shack. We have a longing to see God’s purposes played out in metaphor, in terms we can touch and taste and feel. We are feeble creatures, and we need spiritual realities to be depicted in physical terms. The Shack scratches an itch–albeit poorly, like when you reach your hand … More Who Needs ‘The Shack’? We’ve Got Abraham, Isaac, and the Servant!
How do we weather the seasons in life where we are at sea, away from friends, fair havens are left in the distant past, we are on a sinking ship in the middle of a hurricane, and slowly everything we needed has been stripped away? You lose your job or you’re bombing several classes or … More When Life Is Not Friends and Fair Havens
Acts is a book about the foundation of the church, but it is a book foundational to the church in every generation. In his second volume, Luke invites us into the fellowship of the local church. We hear the preaching of the apostles. We witness baptism. We taste the life together (κοινωνια, Acts 2:42). We hear … More Churches that Love the Gospel…Love Paul
Any of these sound familiar? “I’m gonna travel and see the world while I’m young.” “I need to make sure I do everything I want to do before I settle down and think about starting a family.” “I need to spend tons of time working while I’m young so I’ll have a chance to advance … More Don’t Waste Your [Young] Life
Humans are emotional beings. Today’s social media is like standing in front of a spewing emotional fire hydrant. The things we post, share, and read are invested with happiness, sorrow, outrage, or rejoicing. These days cold, logical arguments strike readers as inauthentic. Nothing rings with more true than a heart-wrenching testimonial or an experiential editorial … More The Bible’s Authors Have Feelings, Too
Let’s get to a beef many of us have with the Bible: The Bible can be so repetitive. Exhibit A: Four Gospels. Why four? It’s the same story. In fact many of the stories are word-for-word the same in Matthew as they are in Mark and Luke. And it’s not just the Gospels. Narrative gets repeated. … More Why Is the Bible So Repetitive?