How do I know I’m in the right place, spiritually speaking – that I’m where God wants me to be at this point in my life? How do I know that God is with me right now, in this moment? As I work to discern and answer a call to some sort of pastoral […]Read more "Am I in the Right Place?"
A couple months ago, I looked at my calendar and realized that Easter Sunday and April Fools’ Day fall on the same day this year. How appropriate, I thought. God is trying to show us something! It’s possible, of course, that this is a coincidence. But I don’t think so, and for good reason: […]Read more "Some Holy Foolishness"
I had a pretty disturbing dream not that long ago. In this dream, my brother and I were at some sort of large Christian festival. The particular worship gathering we were at was outdoors, and there were thousands of people there. As we looked around, we saw that many of the people there had guns […]Read more "Your Guns Won’t Save You"
According to a story I once heard, a man needed his house repainted – and he wanted it all painted red. It just so happened that the painter the man hired was a real cheapskate, and only bought one can of red paint. He figured he could paint the whole house with it, watering it […]Read more "The Real Meaning of Lent"
What does it mean to teach with authority? According to the gospel of Mark, people in the synagogues were impressed with Jesus’ teaching, “for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes” (Mark 1:22). The word translated here as “authority” is the Greek exousia (Strong’s #1849), which can also mean […]Read more "Teaching with Authority"
2017 was a year of mixed blessings for me. There were many things I wanted to accomplish this last year which I did not. I was unable to find a job using my skills for ministry. My chronic pain persisted, keeping me from returning to a full-time work schedule. My dating life was pretty […]Read more "“Another One Bites the Dust”: 2017 in Review"
The last line of the Apostles’ Creed reads, “I believe in the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.” Just like the resurrection of the body, the idea of eternal life is a great mystery. Indeed, there’s nothing in our earthly experience which is anything like a life that is everlasting. While many […]Read more "The Apostles’ Creed, Conclusion: “The Life Everlasting”"