Is Jesus Christ a treasure to you? After wiping the sweat away from wrestling in the theologically deep waters of 2 Corinthians 3-4:6, I felt exhausted. It’s a tough section. Like an intellectual marathon beginning with a Pauline commentary on the events of Exodus 32-34 to offering a theological defense of how certain Corinthians rejection of … Continue reading Divine Treasure.
“But when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunder had ceased, he sinned yet again and hardened his heart, he and his servants.”—Exodus 9:34, ESV. This thought has been on my mind a lot recently. I formed it into a question that I think frames a common assumption today. Hopefully the … Continue reading Stony Hearts.
Pragmatism. It’s a complex word that I first became acquainted with during my collegiate studies in education. In simplicity, most working dictionaries define pragmatism as the use of end results to verify the truth of something. In an educational classroom, I can see the benefits this philosophy brings. And in the American church I can … Continue reading Pragmatic Stains.
How we treat each other matters. If you really believe The Gospel then it ought to change how you treat each other.
I recently received a question from a student that demanded a practical answer. The question: How can I gain courage to share my faith? My answer is first to define the question. By courage I assume first that the question is one regarding confidence. Secondly I am assuming the faith is a reference to ones’ … Continue reading Three “C’s” for Personal Evangelism
On January 22, 1973, the SCOTUS ruled in favor of abortion in the case of Roe vs. Wade. A decade (plus one year) later Ronald Reagan declared January 22 as “Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.” I should preface this blog with a statement. I am 100% pro-life. I don’t know how I could possibly be … Continue reading The big and the small.
For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified…said the Apostle Paul to the Corinthian boasters. It is of great interest to me that it was Paul who dropped this little bomb. It’s impressive actually, purely because of Paul’s impressive resume. Paul wasn’t stupid. Paul knew a … Continue reading The only two things you better know.
An ancient city dating back to 600 B.C. Corinth rested on a narrow geographical isthmus between two key ports Cenchrea and Lechaeum. The city provided a narrow strip of land, only 4 miles wide in some areas, on which sailors could transport small ships via a primitive railway system. This was highly preferred to the … Continue reading On level ground we stand.
As I sat in my office today, at lunch, a staggering thought pressed upon my mind, “This has been the greatest year of my life.” For clarity, the other years have not been “bad” but the last 365 days have produced such momentous events that the year of 2017 will bear an indelible mark on … Continue reading 2017, Three Reflections. One conclusion.
The reason people don't share is because pride whispers into the heart: I want this more than they need it.