Archives for July 2012

Can Women Have it All? The Leadership Gap

Informed, insightful, sometimes despairing, heartfelt, and deadly honest reflection by Ann-Marie Slaughter: We’d like to hear how women have experienced the dilemmas of mothering and vocation, and wonder how men have adjusted so that together, a family can promote career satisfaction… which makes me wonder if “career” culture needs to be adjusted by males/fathers toward [Read More…]

God’s Yes

One of the purest gospel passages in the entire New Testament, 2 Corinthians 1, can be reduced to one word that describes the dynamic, glorious, inexpressible implication of the gospel: that word is Yes. In Christ God says Yes to the divine plan for the world, to the covenant with Israel, to the Trinitarian covenant, [Read More…]

“Personal” Relationship with Jesus?

John Suk, in his book Not Sure, a book about a pastor struggling with doubt and faith, spares no softeners when he turns to the widespread belief that the essence of Christianity is a personal relationship with Jesus. His contentions are the following: 1. There is no theoretical consensus what this means. 2. Different religious [Read More…]

The Mission of God: A Sketch

Here is an outline of God’s mission, mostly drawn from the Gospel of John and its use of the word “send,” I sketched in my preparations for the teaching at SommerOase in Denmark. This sketch was the theological foundation of my talks. Dansk Oase July 2012  Introduction: Theme: Who is God? (in mission) 1.0         Mission [Read More…]


Kris and I just got back (late last night) from a week of ministry and teaching in Odder, Denmark. Odder is a small village south of Aarhus, which leads me to an observation: the Danes have the coolest r’s in the world. I speak German and like that guttural r, but when the Danes say [Read More…]

We Continue to Pray

We continue to pray for the victims of the Aurora CO victims, the healing of those who are wounded and suffering and undergoing intense care, and for wisdom for the police forces and legal teams. Our nation is shocked, especially as we learn more and more of the diabolical schemes at work in these senseless [Read More…]

Prayer for the Week

Eighth Week after Pentecost Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus [Read More…]

Student Question

From a recent graduate of North Park University: I’d like to hear your response, especially to paragraph 4 below and, to help us, give your age: I am emailing you to say hello and wish you a blessed (cool) end of your summer! I also wanted to give you all a little update and ask [Read More…]

Daily Bible Study

In his study of Christian teenagers, Mike Nappa, The Jesus Survey, probed belief in daily Bible reading and practices of daily Bible reading. It has been said that evangelicals have a problem with bibliolatry, and it can be seen at times (belief that the Bible is God, or something far too close), but there’s another approach [Read More…]

Thank You

The Gospel Coalition and Jared Wilson have done the right thing and have removed the offensive post. Let me say this again: the post was offensive to women and inappropriate language for the marriage bed. When I read the post the first time, what came to my mind was this observation: No way does this [Read More…]