DMin in New Testament in Context: News in Bold

A new cohort for the DMin in New Testament Context is taking shape, and I could not be more excited about who is enrolling. There is no DMin degree quite like this one and we are learning that pastors want this kind of contextual shaping kind of study of the New Testament. Think about joining [Read More…]

The Bible is Central 6

God’s manifold mercy, God’s lovingkindness that embraces us in our manifold needs, is the hope of the psalmist in the next section (waw-section; 119:41-48). His prayer: “May your steadfast love reach me.” That lovingkindness is understood here as “deliverance” (v. 41b), and that deliverance is understood as “an answer for those who taunt me” (v. [Read More…]


The author of this blog is a missionary in North Africa with Pioneer Bible Translators. She, along with her husband and three little girls, lives on the outskirts of a refugee camp in a very politically unstable part of the world. There they are working to facilitate disciple-making, Bible translation and mother tongue literacy among [Read More…]

The Bible is Central 5

I wonder what our posture is when we sit before the Living Word — and the written word? Do we sit to listen? To learn? [Read more…]

The Bible is Central 4

At times the psalmist of 119 expresses his pain. In v. 25 he asserts that his soul clings to the dust. In vs. 28 he claims that he is “racked with grief.” Of course, we don’t know why he says these things. Is this a prayer after falling into sin? Is he opposed? What has [Read More…]

Leadership: Origins Matter

I’m no specialist on leadership but today I want to speak of the Bible’s tension with how many establish principles of leadership today. What are the origins of our understanding of leadership? I begin with this: We must shelve as a period piece (and wishful thinking) the view that the early church was radically egalitarian and [Read More…]

The Bible is Central 3

Psalm 119:17 is both a little request and a world of insight. “Do good to your servant, and I will live; I will obey your word.” That first verb, “Do good,” brings one element of the verb gml to the surface: it can mean “to deal kindly” or even to “deal bountifully.” What seems to be a little [Read More…]

8 Strategies for Lifting Women into Ministry in Your Church

Give women the resources they need to succeed. [Read more…]

Let’s Be Pentecostal!

It’s Pentecost Sunday, so we need all to become “Pentecost”-al! Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends [Read More…]

Weekly Meanderings, 3 June 2017

This is a great use of technology to uncover the past: Deep in a labyrinth of dank tunnels, in the heart of Rome’s oldest and largest catacombs, archaeologists have discovered an exquisite set of 1,600-year-old frescoes painted to commemorate the city’s early Christians. Experts used the latest laser technology to uncover the centuries of grime [Read More…]