Welcome to the varied thoughts of a pastor, sometimes Algebra and Lit teacher, writer, music critic, baker…etc.

  • Where to Turn in a World of Competing Narratives

    December 10, 2019 by

    I was reading Psalm 73 this morning, and Asaph reminded me of Reason #372 why it is so important to be in church on Sunday mornings. He begins his Psalm bewildered by the conflict of what he believes to be true in his heart and what seems to be true in the culture: Truly God… Read more

  • A Baptist Catechism for Kids

    November 12, 2019 by

    When I was growing up, there was this infomercial for a countertop appliance called the Showtime Rotisserie. I can remember the salesman showing the product’s many practical uses, and after putting a whole turkey or chicken or a salmon or a pineapple or whatever inside, he and the audience would repeat the catchphrase together: “Now…set… Read more

  • Romans 12 (Memory Aid)

    November 11, 2019 by

    Another one. These tracks may not be helping any of you, but I’m having fun. I’ve been on a journey memorizing Romans and putting the verses to various tracks to help me remember them. This time it’s Romans 12 to Big Sean’s “Blessings”. As always, not a single word from the ESV translation has been… Read more

  • Romans 11 (Memory Aid)

    November 11, 2019 by

    Lightning has struck in the same place twice…this time to the bump of the International Players Anthem. I’ve been memorizing Romans with a friend, and I’ve found bending the lines to various tracks makes them stick in my memory. When it comes to memorizing Scripture, I find the more outlandish the memory aid the better!… Read more

  • Biblical Narrative Is Ambiguous (and Why That’s a Good Thing)

    October 7, 2019 by

    This might make your toes curl up inside your shoes, but the narratives of the Bible are ambiguous. Just to be clear, I am not saying that the Bible is false, untrue, misleading, or culturally confined. But its stories are ambiguous. Perhaps you remember being introduced to literary tools in your high school English class–simile,… Read more

  • 2.7 — John G. Paton and Steeled Conviction & Courage

    October 3, 2019 by

    In the mid 1850s, a call went out to the ministers of the Scottish Reformed Presbyterian Church for a new missionary to be sent to a chain of islands off the coast of Australia. John Inglis pleaded for another to be sent to help him, claiming that on his island alone “3,500 savages [had thrown]… Read more

  • John G. Paton and the Death of a Young Boy

    September 9, 2019 by

    One of the great things about studying missionaries from the past is the treasury of public domain books to be had free online either at Archive.org or Google Books written by those very missionaries. Recently while reading John G. Paton’s autobiography, I was struck by an account from his years as an inner city missionary… Read more

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