If I never needed convincing that Hebrews is where my preaching heart is, these last few weeks have awakened afresh my conviction to challenge students verse by verse, week by week, from these difficult passages from Hebrews.
Can I address the elephant in the room? There are times in my life where I feel as if I am on a journey through a spiritual drought. Seasons where I feel as if I have earplugs in during my daily time with The Lord.
Someone wise once said “People begin to think when they are faced with a problem.” It doesn’t take a long look down the hallways of church history to see this philosophical thought being played out. Take Martin Luther for example, that great German lawyer/monk turned reformer who nailed 95 arguments against Roman Catholic practices to his … Continue reading Don’t read your Bible like a Zombie.
I’ve been wrestling with a unique question in my heart. Perhaps it is the ravings of a mad-man, but the question has pressed heavily upon my conscience over the previous months: How much do I really believe the Gospel? I think it’s the word “much” that presses my mind, as if faith can be numerically … Continue reading The Gospel is not a secret.
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.