Wrestle with God

We all know that life with God is not a walk in the park. God doesn’t rush ahead of us to remove all pots holes and adjust the weather accordingly and turn all the lights green. There are speed bumps that certainly remain on the road when we approach them. Sometimes we may think that…

Brothers and the World

There is a tension in the New Testament. It often speaks of our brothers and the world, not simply the world as to be treated as if they are brothers. This is a difficult thing to parse, as I was preaching on this subject from Matthew 25:31-44 which some commentators have dubbed one of the…

A stone principle

I keep coming back to the story of the woman caught in adultery, where Jesus says “let he who is without sin among you throw the first stone.” (John 8:1-11) If we were to keep a closer watch on our hearts and minds, with regards to our own sins, perhaps we would better develop a…

Storms with a buddy

The church is a funny thing. It is not just a building where we go on Sundays and one where others avoid. It is supposed to be your family outside of your family, or in some cases your true family. The body of Christ needs all of its members like we need all of our…

Worship, as positive as a YouTube comment

You will probably notice that this title is a bit of a misnomer. A lot of the time comment sections are just bad, and especially on YouTube. There, it is up to self-editing for the most part because of a lack of moderators, and since this is the case, you will see what is truly…

On over background-checking

The Judge Kavanaugh matter has ended, more or less, but a further issue has floated to the top. He has now had seven FBI investigations, which apparently for some still wasn’t enough. It makes me wonder with all the backgrounds that we all possess, what qualifies and what disqualifies someone for public discourse? I say…

On church Statements and Stalemates

So there was this statement put out by John MacArthur and his ilk on Social Justice and the Gospel, which I largely agree with content-wise, but the statement as always because of its public nature comes across as a recipe for ministry that doesn’t speak on the brass tack. A lack of nuance can be viewed…

#Churchtoo

When I was in middle school I remember walking into a class one afternoon where a fight had just ended. I saw the circle slowly dispersing, the whisperings and only later did I hear the details. A cruel and weak-minded boy pummeled a girl and broke her nose while a circle of gawkers just watched….

Teach with Authority

I was always unimpressed by professors in college and seminary who simply gave all the ways something could be interpreted, because my immediate response is, “well which one do you find intriguing?” But instead of answering, sometimes we simply got here are the five ways of understanding this text. Here are the five schools of…