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...]

Erasing Hell 3

[Notice: You will want to read this whole post. There’s a surprise at the end.] I’ve been blogging on the soon-to-be released book by Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle Erasing Hell: What God said about eternity, and the things we made up. In this last post, I want to touch on a subject whose treatment [Read More...]

Writing Style 8

Buried within the chapter on concision in Williams and Colombs’ book Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace (10th Edition) is a transformative writing principle—perhaps one of the most important of all! To become a good writer, you need to read the best writers. Read the best and model your writing after theirs. Don’t think for a [Read More...]

Erasing Hell 2

This is the second of a three-part review of the soon-to-be published book Erasing Hell: What God said about eternity, and the things we made up by Francis Chan and Preston Sprinkle. This post will briefly discuss the structure and themes of the book. Erasing Hell contains seven chapters and includes and introduction and an [Read More...]