Bonhoeffer: The Command ‘Follow Me’ Is Not Complicated

I was thumbing through Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s The Cost of Discipleship again a couple of weeks ago. In Chapter 2: The Call of Discipleship, I came across an enlightening few paragraphs on the call of Levi the tax collector: “And as he passed by he saw Levi, the son of Alphaeus, sitting at the place of toll, andContinue reading “Bonhoeffer: The Command ‘Follow Me’ Is Not Complicated”

Review: “Do More Better” by Tim Challies

It’s the New Year in just a few hours, and many of us are hoping for a more productive 2016. Have you noticed this trend in your life? Every year I find myself making resolutions that seem eerily similar to the resolutions from the year before. My New Year’s resolutions are on a kind ofContinue reading “Review: “Do More Better” by Tim Challies”

Are You Theologically Inbred?

Do you know what happens when you breed two animals, then you breed their offspring, and you continue to breed within the family tree? The lack of crossbreeding causes major problems. Genetic defects that were once minor recessive traits become exaggerated. A line that began with two normal animals becomes offspring with mutations, defects, andContinue reading “Are You Theologically Inbred?”

Does Your Faith Have Any ‘Blind Spots’? (Book Review)

The landscape of Christianity is changing. Denominational divisions are quickly fading, and new lines are being drawn in the sand. These days Christians are divided by causes, movements, and tribes–each with their own pedestaled preachers, key issues, and whipping boys. As Editorial Director of The Gospel Coalition, Collin Hansen admits he has had his fairContinue reading “Does Your Faith Have Any ‘Blind Spots’? (Book Review)”

Jane Eyre and the Marriage Proposal Every Seminarian Should Avoid

I haven’t heard of a marriage proposal crashing and burning quite like St. John of Jane Eyre. Below I have edited and shortened the scene where the young town minister proposes marriage to Jane. However, this is not just any proposal. He is planning to depart to India for the rest of his life. St. JohnContinue reading “Jane Eyre and the Marriage Proposal Every Seminarian Should Avoid”

Our Swerving Universe: Chesterton on Paradoxes

I’ve been reading G.K. Chesterton’s book Orthodoxy recently.  Reading Chesterton is a bit like climbing into the backseat of a wild taxi driver–you may have no idea where he is taking you but you’re enjoying the ride.  He’s got a way of expression that is poignant and fresh, and he uses illustrations instead of logical arguments inContinue reading “Our Swerving Universe: Chesterton on Paradoxes”