I’m in Honduras

Hey Everyone... I'm in Honduras this week.Sorting Green CoffeeI'm writing you today from the top of a mountain. The temperature is great it's not hot or cold. It's T-Shirt weather while the sun is up, and sweater weather at night. It's beautiful and so nice to be away from the sound of traffic. I'm working with Honduran coffee grown on the slopes of the San Matias mountains.To learn about what I'm doing please check o … [Read more...]

What Will We Remember For Eternity?

When I was first beginning to seriously explore my faith in my teens I remember talking to a good friend of mine about the after-life. We were talking about how there were to be no more tears in heaven, because all pain would be taken away (Revelation 21:4). This idea concerned me. I had trouble understanding how someone could live with no pain in heaven if they lived through a life filled with pain. My friend said, “well that’s easy, look at Isaiah 65:17 'For behold, I create new heavens and a n … [Read more...]

Do you tell White Lies?

This story is from http://www.jesusorsquirrel.com/ Have you ever told a white lie to make others think better of you?Alice Grayson was to bake a cake for the Baptist Church Ladies' Group in Tuscaloosa, but forgot to do it until the last minute.She remembered it the morning of the bake sale and after rummaging through cabinets, found an angel food cake mix & quickly made it while drying her hair, dressing, and helping her son pack up for Scout camp.When she took the cake from the … [Read more...]

How I understand prayer

This week I attended a lecture by Metropolitan Kallistos Ware in which he gave one of the best definitions of prayer I have ever heard. He told it in the form of a story that he had heard as a child of only ten years old. In this story a man goes to a church for a long time every day and spends time in the sanctuary. After this practice continues for some time his friends confront him and ask. What are you doing there in the church every day, what are you up to. The man simply replied, "I am … [Read more...]

Election and Liberation

This week I read an interesting article by George Pixley and Clodovis Boff called "The Option for the Poor in the Old Testament". It was part of a collection of essays in the book Voices from the Margin: Interpreting the Bible in the Third World. In this essay Pixley and Boff look to see how the story of the Exodus. They are interested in finding ways that this ancient story can find contemporary resonance, and seek to address how the oppressed in the world today should view the Biblical story … [Read more...]

100 Christian Books That Changed the Century by William J. Peterson

Here is a list of the top 100 Christian Books That Changed the Century by William J. PetersonThey are listed by publication and decade, not in order of importance, so they are listed in order from 1899 through 1995.How many have you read? 1. In His Steps by Charles Sheldon2. The Evangelization of the World in This Generation by John R. Mott3. Quiet Talks on Power by S.D. Gordon4. Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington5. The Crises of the Christ by G. Campbell Morgan6. Hurlbut's Story of the … [Read more...]

Still Knowing: Meeting God in Silence

Last Friday I went to a solitude retreat just outside of Chicago. From 9am to 9pm I prayed in silence. This was a new experience for me, and a challenge. I have difficulty with silence, although I know I need it sometimes, I chafe under it. I have a tendency to "go" all the time. I feel if I'm not muli-tasking I'm wasting my life. When I do cook I have books being read to me on my kindle, when I drive I listen to lectures, when I do the laundry I'm streaming Podcasts. I try to learn every waking … [Read more...]

Orthodox salvation VS Protestant salvation

One of my blogger friends just posted this video...What do you think?Does he get the Protestant position right? (It's not mine, but I'm a Protestant)What do you think of the Orthodox position? How do you think we are saved, if you think we need saving at all? … [Read more...]

Why I need “Lectio Divina”

As a seminarian I often have to read hundreds of writing pages a day. This has resulted in me developing a method of reading for meaning that has made it so that no matter what I am reading I often don't savor what has been said, or even fully digest it. This drives my wife crazy because there are sometimes that she may write me an E-Mail or read me a note with important details that I simply don't process or pay heed to. It's become enough of a problem that I have had to start being very … [Read more...]