Being “confident enough” to follow Jesus: apologetics, doubt, and the idol of certainty

Those of us who find ourselves in post-conservative/emerging/semi-progressive/Anabaptist circles prefer to make that foundation the person of Jesus Christ. The way in which the Bible is (or isn’t) inspired by the Holy Spirit, then, is a secondary concern. [Read more…]

Life-changing books: The New Testament For Everyone by NT Wright

As a pastor of a young church plant, I’ve been spending some time reflecting of the various influences that have shaped my approach to ministry and faith. I can sum up a huge influence with one word: BOOKS. Not that books are the only thing that I have learned from, but that they have been a companion on my journey of pastoral and [Read More…]

When God speaks, I listen… So why don’t you?

Hearing God. One of the great dillemas of the Christian life. Can we actually “hear God” and if so, what does that mean? Some believe, for instance that God only speaks through the Bible. In some extreme cases, this leads to a subtle form of bibliolotry (worship of the Bible instead of the God therewithin). [Read More…]

Stop Turning “Devotions” into Dogma: reflections on how we read the bible

As a high school student, after a dramatic turn-around toward the end of my sophomore year, I began to engage with God through devotional readings (or “quiet times”). Such was encouraged by mentors and camp speakers as a way through which to grow in Christ. The ebb and flow of my devotional journey yielded significant [Read More…]