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...]

Writing Style 6

I continue my series on writing style with lesson 6 in Williams and Colomb’s book Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace (10th Edition). This lesson is the last of part 2 of the book’s five parts. Part 2 is the longest in the book and the subject has been clarity. In the previous lesson, Williams [Read More...]

A Poor Man’s Vacation, Ain’t So Bad

Do you have a poor man’s vacation story? One of the benefits of having a wife who works for an airline is the blessing of easy air travel. Before the kids we regularly traveled. As the kidos get older we are now beginning to see that we can travel with them. It takes a great [Read More...]

Best Statue in Turkey

What do you think is a good name for this statue? It sets in front of the museum in Aphrodisias Turkey. Photo by: Anne Heaps [Read more...]

Love Wins 7.2

This is the second part of a two-part post on Rob Bell’s fifth chapter (“Dying to Live”) in his book Love Wins. The chapter is about the meaning of Jesus death and resurrection. In the first part of the post I discussed the Atonement. In this post I want to address his discussion of the [Read More...]

Love Wins 7.1

Ok, so I’m back from hiatus working through Rob Bell’s book Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. To be honest I feel like the whole thing is passé. As of now the book and the issues raised by it have been repeatedly commented on ad [Read More...]