The Spirituality of Sin: Flattery

Save, O LORD, for the godly one is gone; for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man. Everyone utters lies to his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak. –Psalms 12:1-2 Recent days have prompted thought on the nature of sin. What is it, exactly, that induces us to [Read More…]

Hong Kong Travelogue, Day One: Discovery and Jetlag

I’m in Hong Kong with the Henry Center, my employer, as we’re hosting an international conference on evangelical identity. I’ll be blogging about the conference on the Henry Center blog and will cross-post here. The Henry Center has gone international. Director Doug Sweeney and Managing Director Owen Strachan (the author) are hosting an international conference [Read More…]

How Technology Relates to Permanence, and What That Means for Christianity

In Canada, the Guardian reports today, people are using their Global Positioning Systems (GPS) for all sorts of things–estimating travel times, for example. Nowadays, it seems, you don’t need a directional sense, really, and maps are becoming obsolete. Instead, you just turn on your handheld device and go from there. Have you thought deeply about [Read More…]

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and the Catholic Church: Strange (but Happy?) Bedfellows

I became Catholic because of Dorothy Day and Flannery O’Connor. Thus begins “Becoming Catholic,” a personal essay written by Sarah Vanacore in a recent InterVarsity email newsletter. Vanacore, a grant writer and resident of an inner-city religious community, writes her story to share the reasons she left evangelicalism and embraced Catholicism. I want to briefly [Read More…]

New Series at Said at Southern: Seasons of a Seminarian, Part One

I’m itching to write a number of things this week, but I first want to tell you about a series of articles I’m writing at Said at Southern, the SBTS metablog, about seminary. If you’ve ever wanted a kind of overview of the seminary experience from a student’s perspective, you might find this series interesting. [Read More…]

Things Christians Overlook: The Detail of the Bible

This post isn’t as theological as the previous two. Here, I’m simply trying to point out the following idea, namely, that the Bible has a great deal of textual detail that is rich and rewarding to study. In this way, it is like a piece of rich soil just waiting for one to come and [Read More…]

Things Christians Overlook: The Bible Has a Thesis (Hint: Christ)

I want to do a brief series on some key biblical things that I and other Christians have overlooked and do overlook. Today’s topic is on a pretty simple but incredibly under-recognized idea, that the Bible has a thesis, and that this thesis is Jesus Christ. I have talked about this before on this blog, [Read More…]

Bible Reading and Spirituality Are Connected

Sometimes I think that older Christians can get away from the basics. We’ve been in the faith for awhile, and we’re coasting along, and life is busy, and we can let the foundational aspects of the faith slip away. I’ve recently been convicted of the need to read the Bible more. I now have a [Read More…]

Just How Basic Is the Textual Theme of James?

These are serious time for your friendly neighborhood seminary students. We’re in “reading week,” and next week is finals week. I have just written my last seminary paper, and let me tell you, it feels incredible. Fellow seminarians, if you’re wondering if finishing seminary really is all cracked up to be, consider this a news [Read More…]

The Duty of Every Preacher to Disclose Christ

“And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.” I have observed a troubling phenomenon in theological circles. Many people today think that we don’t need to preach how all the passages of Scripture point to the Jesus Christ, who is the center of [Read More…]