Interview with Preston Sprinkle about New Book Erasing Hell

On July 1st, Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle will release a new book on Hell called Erasing Hell: What God said about eternity, and the things we made up. Here’s part one of a three part interview produced by Eternity Bible College where Preston is a Professor. Preston is a good friend of both Mike’s [Read More...]

Bonhoeffer on the Law and Gospel

In the second chapter of Nachfolge (Discipleship), Bonhoeffer has some incredible things to say about the Law and the Gospel–Incredible coming from a Lutheran. Perhaps the most thought provoking statement nugget is The call to discipleship is a commitment solely to the person of Jesus . . . It is beyond enmity between law and [Read More...]

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

Bono and the Edge’s Broadway endeavor Spider-Man finally opened last night in Manhattan to mixed reviews. All seem to agree, however, that this version 2.0 is significantly superior to what was rolled out in February. After 183 previews and $70 million spent in production, the musical opened last night with pomp and circumstance. USA Today [Read More...]

J. Ramsey Michaels on the Eucharsitic Interpretation of John 6

In light of my friendly disagreement with Brant Pitre’s rather wave of the hand dismissal of a non-eucharistic interpretation of John 6 in his recent book Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper, I want to quote  J. Ramsey Michael’s (2010) new commentary on John’s Gospel: While [Read More...]

Jesus and the Eucharist 5

Awhile back, before the end of the academic semester and a trip to Greece and Turkey,  I began a series of posts working my way through Brant Pitre’s really good and accessible book on the Jewish background of the Lord’s Supper called Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the [Read More...]


Nachfolge is the German word “discipleship”. This summer I started a theology reading group with CRAVE, the college ministry that I lead as pastor at Christ Community Church. I decided to offer a theology reading group this summer because I’m committed to the idea that the church should encourage and engage in theological inquiry. As [Read More...]

Love Wins 8.1

In chapter six of Rob Bell’s book Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived titled “There are Rocks Everywhere”, the essential question of this chapter seems to be: can and does Jesus speak in unusual ways when calling people to faith? Does Jesus sometimes use extraordinary, [Read More...]

Bono Hitchhiking in Vancouver

I was in an airport over the weekend and saw the story about Bono hitchhiking. Did you happen to catch the story? Pretty amazing! Edmonton Oiler Gilbert Brule and his girlfriend stopped to pick up two wayward hitchhikers in Vancouver. It just so happened that one of the guys holding out his thumb was none [Read More...]