How the west gave up it’s common life

My history professor at North Park, Phil Anderson, is rather keen on quoting Blaise Pascal’s famous adage, “the heart has reasons that reason knows nothing about.” This saying illustrates beautifully the tension between the philosophy of the Enlightenment and the actual experiences of individuals. This dichotomy of dispositions, although always abiding within the human person, was most dramatically thrown into tension around the time of Pascel.Pascel was writing at a time where reason was ascendant amongst academians, and “heart religion”… Read more

After Pentecost: Guest Blogger Soong-Chan Rah

We continue our series “After Pentecost.” Exploring the life of the Christian in “Ordinary Time”. Todays perspective is brought by guest blogger Soong-Chan Rah. Soong-Chan is Soong-Chan Rah is the author of The Next Evangelicalism and is Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism and North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL. Today he discusses the question “should a Christian have a role in the political life of their community?”A frequently asked question these days relates to the role of the church in civic society…. Read more

After Pentecost: guest blogger Yasuyuki Kamata

We continue our series “After Pentecost.” Exploring the life of the Christian in “Ordinary Time”. Todays perspective is brought by guest blogger Yasuyuki Kamata.Yasu Kamata is a recent graduate of North Park Theological Seminary.  A native of Japan, he will return to his home country from this fall and serve with KGK, a member of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) and a sister organization of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.  His role would be “to help students grow deeper and broader” – deeper by understanding… Read more

Life Update: I’m off to Alaska!

My wife and I are going to Alaska today. We will be gone for over a month!! I don’t have too much time to tell you all about the exciting things we will be doing there, but I will be a camp councilor and a worship leader for a Covenant Bible camp!The series I will be posting while I am gone is called “After Pentecost.” It’s essentially my way of engaging the season in the church year we often call… Read more

Reading “The Descent of the Holy Spirit” icon

Today is Pentecost! The icon for this festival is known as “The Descent of the Holy Spirit”.   Direction – We read top to the bottom. Start by looking at the semicircle with rays coming from it which are  pointing toward the Apostles. These show God sending his holy spirit on the twelve apostles. Color red and gold are seen in this icon boldly which teaches us that this is a momentousness event.The building in the background of the icon is the upper room where the Disciples of… Read more

If Resurrection is a life beyond death what is it?

A few days ago Zac Smith passed away. I never knew him accept through a video that was posted online three months ago. You can watch it below. Story of Zac Smith from NewSpring Media on Vimeo.Albert Camus once said, “It’s no use reminding yourself daily that you are mortal: it will be brought home to you soon enough.”This year my own mortality has been driven home quite a bit. It seems not a day does by where I am… Read more

Six things to remember when God seems distant

1) Prayer is an encounter, but also a relationship – Often times we set aside 15 minuets in the morning, or perhaps even an hour, and get upset when God doesn’t “show up.” We imagine that our relationship with God should conform to our own schedules, but that is not a healthy attitude to have in any relationship. God is with us at all times. Remember a healthy relationship with God is one that is mutual. We may be knocking on God’s… Read more

The new way to get your Christian Book published

A few months ago Zondervan and Baker Publishing announced a new way to try to get a book published. Rather then sending in a manuscript and waiting for a letter telling you if your manuscript is good enough, Zondervan and baker now are saying you should go to This webpage offers real-time feedback for authors who are working towards being published. It brings readers writers and publishers together. By using the site readers can get access to books, writers can get feedback, and publishers get access to great manuscripts.I don’t know of any books that… Read more

Exposing the liturgy of the Mega Church

I love liturgy. I really do, there are few things in life that get me more excited then exploring how different elements of liturgy reflect the message of the Gospel.Some times my friends in the Evangelical world get on my case about my love for liturgy. They claim that following forms breeds dead religion.My response is that every church has set ways they do things, traditional liturgy simply establishes meaningful well thought out forms.I ran into this video today via… Read more

Where did your brand of religion come from?

Fellow blogger and Orthodox know-it-all Silouan Thompson recently pointed out the following story to me from Diana Butler Bass’ book A People’s History of Christianity: The Other Side of the Story. For those of you who don’t know Bass I posted a little on her a while back.I can’t say I’ve ever run into this myself, but I do think it’s difficult for many of us who come from churches of the reformation to square our view of the church,… Read more

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