The college semester is back in session, and our church is seeking to minister to the flood of students who descended upon the liberal arts college a couple of blocks down the road. At 30, I am already beginning to feel that drift, as the gulf of experience between me and these young men and … Continue reading I Was a Lost Pinky Toe in College
We’ve all been in this situation, whether in an accountability group or care group time. We are all going around and asking for prayer, and inevitably someone mentions something that they are “struggling with.” It might be that they are “struggling with having patience with the kids at home." It might be that they are … Continue reading Cloudy Confessions: “I’m Struggling With…”
A large portion of our online interaction these days deals with sharing discoveries, pages, videos, and memes not original to ourselves. Some of this stems from the fact that we as social creatures enjoy things more when we share them with someone; God did declare in Genesis 2 that it was not good for man … Continue reading Retweets, Reposts, and Links: Gimme Something Original!
Being a pastor in the South means that I have come into contact with the KJV-only crowd, and thoughts about translation method frequently bounce about in the potluck-addled brain of mine. This is a continuation of a discussion begun in the post where I compared translation to baking. My friend Patrick Schreiner posted a table that … Continue reading The Bible: What Is Lost in Translation, Too?
Nuance. is. like. the. deadest. ever.Question: Are we in the business of communicating in sentences anymore, or is everyone just practicing for a pointillism art project?I believe our culture is witnessing the death of nuance. Nothing is worth saying unless it is "the best ever". We end our stories with the punctuation, "It was the … Continue reading The. Death. of. Nuance. in. the. English. Language.
As I prepare this week to preach from Matthew 5:21-32, I have been thinking about divorce. Having only pastored for five months, other pastors always say to me, "Oh, you're still in the honeymoon phase!" They mean well, and they're being honest. A pastor's ministry in a church is quite similar to a marriage in … Continue reading The Pastoral “Three-Year Glitch”: Ecclesiological Divorce
(photo credit)"Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day...how sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!" -Psalm 119:97,103Take a second and think. In the past week, has there been a time when you can identify with these words? If not, chances are you are … Continue reading Stop Studying Your Bible All the Time…
(photo credit) Suspension of disbelief. It's something we do every time we step into the movie theater--or else we don't really enjoy the film. The film Hugo from two years ago celebrated the fascinating way in which movies transport us to another place. The only way this can happen is by setting aside our notions of … Continue reading Take Your Bible to the Movies
(photo credit) It is the day before the anniversary of the tragic Roe vs. Wade Decision, and we had the brand new Crisis Pregnancy Center with us yesterday, and I preached on Matthew 5:9, encouraging our congregation to make peace (by means of the gospel) in a world filled with violence and men at war … Continue reading Brothers, We Are Not Sexy