“Christ is for us”

Are you in need of an encouraging word today? Let this passage from Dietrich Bonhoeffer pour over you. Christ is for you! Everything we have said thus far may be summed up in the phrase: Christ is “for us”, not only in his word and his attitude toward us, but in his bodily life. Christ [Read More...]

To Change the World 1

I begin a series of posts engaging James Hunter’s recent provocative book To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World. The book’s central questions are both academic and personal according to Hunter. The basic academic questions are: “How is religious faith possible in the late modern world? [Read More...]

Jesus and the Eucharist 7 – Last Post

This post brings our series of interactions with Brant Pitre’s book Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper to a conclusion. In his sixth chapter, “The Fourth Cup and the Death of Jesus”, which amounts to the last new idea before a couple of concluding chapters, Brant [Read More...]

Bonhoeffer on the Practice of Spiritual Disciplines

In his exposition of Jesus’ words in  Matthew 6:16-18 in Nachfolge (“Discipleship”), Bonhoeffer has this to say about the importance of practicing spiritual disciplines such as fasting: Jesus takes for granted that disciples will keep the pious practice or exercise of fasting. The life of a disciple requires the strict practice of austerity. The only [Read More...]

Joker One and The Fourth of July

It’s the 4th of July in the US. Happy Independence Day to our American readers! (Please indulge us this holiday those still under the Crown). I want to pass on a very interesting and moving story. Yesterday we had a special guest at our church named Donovan Campbell. Donovan is a disciple of Jesus and [Read More...]

To Change the World – A Preview

James Hunter in his book  To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World pursues a provocative thesis: The dominant ways of thinking about culture and cultural change are flawed, for they are based on both specious social science and problematic theology. In brief, the model on which [Read More...]

Jesus and the Eucharist 6

I continue to read Brant Pitre’s little book Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper. It is really good. What I love about Brant is that he knows his Old Testament and understands the importance of it for interpreting the New Testament. Every chapter of this little [Read More...]

Struck by Lightning

One of my students at NPU was nearly struck by lightening and he captured it on film. You need to check this out. Thankfully he and his wife are OK. This could have been a very serious accident. Thanks God for protecting Cory and Cassia! [Read more...]


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