Theology affects Ecology? Quote to Ponder: John MacArthur (repost, 12/3/08)

Here is a quote I came across while doing research on God’s Mission. It is by: John MacArthur… The environmental movement is consumed with trying to preserve the planet forever. But we know that isn’t in God’s plan… The earth we inhabit is not a permanent planet. It is, frankly, a disposable planet—it is going [Read More...]

Thanks N. T. Wright for helping me see a Bigger Gospel!

I want to invite you to join a Facebook group I started called, Thanks N. T. Wright for helping me see a Bigger Gospel! This is a way to acknowledge how Tom Wright has influenced you in various ways, and a chance to exclusively discuss his work with like-minded facebook friends (well, hopefully they become [Read More...]

Kingdom Killing of Canaanites? Genocide and Joshua…

I want to offer a way of looking at the destruction of the Canaanites that helps me to understand God’s attitude toward violence in the Old Testament.  Then, I’d love to hear your ideas / thoughts… What is different about Israel compared to other nations?  From their beginnings they are a community that is devoted [Read More...]

Is the Old Testament God a Bully? Quote to Ponder: Richard Dawkins

As we read the Old Testament, it is easy to get frustrated on several points.  The greatest of these is the violence of God.  Below is a quote from renowned atheist Richard Dawkins… The God of the Old Testament is arguable the most unpleasant character in all fiction: Jealous and proud of it; a petty, [Read More...]

Love Your Enemies… An Ethical Exhortation

What follows is based on a seminary assignment where we were encouraged to use the indicative (what God has done) to lead to an ethical imperative (what we can do). I wrote a mini-sermon or sermonette :-) It is very personal and a bit longer than the average post (about 1500 words), but I trust that if you take the time to read that thoughts will be moving. Love to hear your thoughts… [Read more...]

Is Ethical Buying the New Legalism? part 2

It has been about a week since I did a post about the dilemma between purchasing ethically and becoming a new kind of legalist. I want to draw some attention to an idea that came through a few of the comments that were shared on the last post. It is the tension between the almost [Read More...]

Is Ethical Buying the New Legalism? part 1

A couple of weeks ago I purchased a book called, “The Better World Shopping Guide” and the corresponding “Better World Shopper iPhone App.”  It is an invaluable resource for anyone who cares about ethical buying.  Tools like this remind us that what we purchase at the grocery store, fast food restaurant, car dealership, coffee shop, [Read More...]

Storyline – Christ and Caesar: An Unexpected King; Luke 2 (podcast)

DOWNLOAD MP3 HERE (Right click, save link or target as…) This is a message that kicked off the New Testament portion of our Storyline series. We have studied the bible in 6 “Acts” (Creation, Crisis, Community [Israel], Christ, Church, and Consummation). This is a talk that bridges the gap between the Old and New Testaments [Read More...]

Surprised by God's Voice… (Re-post 5/21/08)

This is a re-post from May 2008.  I want to emphasize that this ‘peek’ into my personal prayer life is not meant to be about making me look good, but as simply a story of God working with a messed up guy named Kurt… The following is a journal entry from last summer. This was [Read More...]

Alaska Drilling? Yea or Nay? (Repost-5/7/08)

This is a Repost from back in May of 2008, but the question is still relevant to us right now… I was watching Good Morning America this morning and they are doing a special called “Seven Wonders of America.” The first of these was the National Mall, and today’s was the Alaskan Wilderness. ABC.com says [Read More...]

Can Prayer Change the Future? Your Thoughts…

I haven’t done many posts on the blog in the past few months, but I want to ask a question that is both simple and has HUGE theological implications for how we understand God. Here is the question: “Can our prayers change the future?” Please answer the above question and give a thorough response to [Read More...]

Bart Erhman? Do You Have Any Thoughts? New Book: Jesus Interrupted

Now, I have not read Bart Erhman, but I do know that he is a respected Jesus scholar. Based on what I know I have HUGE disagreements with him, but I do not think we should be afraid to engage those who differ from us theologically. I would like to hear your thoughts if any [Read More...]

Why things have become slow lately

Hello friends in the blogosphere! For the past six months or so, I have taken the blogging a bit slower. I have moved to a new city, started a new ministry position (which keeps increasing in responsibility as God leads), and have become a full time student. Being full time in seminary and full time [Read More...]

Fundamentalism… Some Rants on Its Historical Development (repost)

This is a re-post from April of 2008: I have been studying a bit on the origins of fundamentalist Christian faith in America (many of the following insights come from: UNGODLY WOMEN: Gender and the First Wave of American Fundamentalism; Betty DeBerg). This is a movement that emerged in the 1880′s as a call back [Read More...]

Youth miniStarZ: A video for anyone in Youth Ministry or who just likes to laugh!

This is a video a friend sent me about being in youth ministry! Tell me your thoughts! (written by Benjamin Wallis for Student Life Camp 2009) Being a youth minister is hard work. Hard work that often, goes unthanked. so. THANK YOU …) http://babyguys.bandcamp.com/track/youth-mini-starz [Read more...]

Don't Forget to Take a Sword With You!

For the few months leading up to a class I took on the book of Luke, I listened the audio of Luke multiple times on my ipod as I drove to various places. It is interesting to me how much fresh insight you can gain when you hear the Scriptures as opposed to reading them. [Read More...]

Closer (Series), Forgiveness and Reconciliation, Philemon Message

Right Click and Save Target As to play This is the opening message in a series we did called “Closer: Relationships in the Way of Jesus” (we borrowed the series title from Vintage Church, but the content is all original). In this message, we look at the whole of the letter to Philemon. [Read more...]

Quote To Ponder: Billy Graham on Evolution

This week I got a new book in the mail titled, I Love Jesus and I Accept Evolution, Denis O. Lamoureux. I have read other resources by him on this blog who put together an EXCELLENT e-book on the subject of evolution and original sin, but have not yet read the book. The introduction page [Read More...]

Atonement? Do Jesus' Words Get Priority and Do They Demonstrate the Rest of the NT as Heresy?

For the last couple of days, a kind man named Robert Roberg has been commenting on a post on the Atonement from just after Easter. If I am understanding him correctly, he believes that only the actual words of Jesus are authoritative and that the other parts of Scripture are simply commentary. Anything that seems [Read More...]


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