Bethel, Miracles, and Modern Syncretism

I’m not usually one to read BuzzFeed News. In fact, most of the time I find their stuff to just barely fit into the category of “news.” I prefer more well-written (and admittedly somewhat more snooty) sources like the New York Times and The Atlantic. However, BuzzFeed News just recently posted a fascinating article. It isn’t fascinating for the quality of its writing or the deep nuance of its insight. I actually find it to be somewhat stilted in its… Read more

Frederick Buechner on History

Frederick Buechner is among my favorite 20th century preachers and spiritual writers. The man has a way with words that few people (let alone clergy) possess. I cam across this quote from him earlier today and wanted to share it. “History” Unlike Buddhism or Hinduism, biblical faith takes history very seriously because God takes it very seriously. He took it seriously enough to begin it and to enter it and to promise that one day he will bring it to… Read more

What Does the Bible Mean When It Talks About the “Heart?”

If you have spent any amount of time in Christian circles, then you have heard mention of the importance of the “heart.” Of course this isn’t usually in reference to the actual organ in your chest (unless you go to church with a bunch of cardiovascular specialists). Instead it is usually used in reference to the innermost being of a person, or their soul. In all honesty evangelical language can often be quite vague on the meaning of the “heart.”… Read more

Thoughts on the Nashville Statement

I’ve been hesitant to comment on the Nashville Statement. This is mostly because so many other people have commented on it  already. It seems a little redundant to add yet another voice to the chorus of voices talking about it. However, in this case I’ll throw caution to the wind and venture some thoughts. Now if you are unaware of what exactly the Nashville Statement is, in short it’s a recent declaration issued by the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood… Read more

It Is Right to Hate Evil: A Reflection on Charlottesville

We are right to hate evil, because we worship the God who will, one day, finally destroy it and free human creatures from its hold. Read more

Rowan Williams, Augustine, and the Insubstantiality of Evil

I have been working my way through Rowan Williams’ treatment of Augustine, On Augustine (Bloomsbury, 2016) as of late. Williams is one of my favorite theologians and, in my estimation, one of the most important theological minds of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Williams, an Anglican and the former Archbishop of Canterbury, is known for his academic work in theology as a whole. Indeed, one need only look up the list academic articles and books he has published to… Read more

Reviewing Richard Longenecker’s Book on Paul

The trend of lacking spare time and working many hours continues on through the dog days of summer. This of course means longer times between posts compared to the fall and spring. Never fear though, because I am still writing, albeit at a slower rate. In fact I just recently had a book review published in the Asbury Journal! It begins on p. 155 after you click the article link. I reviewed the revised and expanded edition of Richard Longenecker’s… Read more

Looking at the Divine Name

My life is super hectic right now, what with transitioning into a new job and finishing final coursework. Unfortunately this means that my available time for reading and writing time is quite limited. Never fear though, for in times like these the fantastic videos from The Bible Project are available to fill in part of the summer writing (and time) slump! In this video Tim and Jon look at the history of the Divine Name in the Hebrew Bible, “YHWH,”… Read more

The Bible’s Literary Styles

I’ve been a little behind on my blog posts over the last couple of weeks. This has been due to a lot of complications in starting a new job. Not to worry though, I am still blogging this summer even if it is a little less frequent than in the fall and spring. That being said, I have also been behind on keeping up with The Bible Project’s fantastic “How to Read the Bible” video series. Never fear though! The… Read more

Thinking About Gentrification and Church Plants

I have several friends who are heavily involved in church planting. While I myself have never had a particularly strong call toward being a church planter (though who knows if God will change that in the future), I have a deep appreciation for those who are called to such a vocation. That being said, a recent article in Sojourners has caused me to reflect on the nature of church planting as it is often practiced in evangelical circles. Admittedly, I have mixed… Read more

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