"Once upon a time..." "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away..." "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..." I am almost certain that you could fill out the next few lines of these famous openers. With just a few words, you recall a whole world of characters, … Continue reading In The Beginning…
Aw. The weekend. What an incredible invention! You can genuinely thank God for that idea. Taking a day off from work and intentionally resting has not always been the normal expectation for the working class. Go way back to the ancient times and you have this one little group of people, the Israelites, taking one … Continue reading Everyday Sabbath
I was recently asked by a friend for books to help him engage the Bible on a deeper level. He was reading his Bible but feeling like a spark was missing. Daily devotions just were not doing it. For many followers of Jesus, there comes a point when reading the Bible feels dry and repetitive. … Continue reading Time to Get Wright! (5 Books to Read When Reading the Bible Gets Difficult)
“We are not to look to what men in themselves deserve but to attend to the image of God which exists in all and to which we owe all honor and love.” - John Calvin, "Institutes of the Christian Religion" Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. … Continue reading What Does It Mean To Be Human?
There is no shortage of debate and controversy when it comes to the book of Genesis. It seems we all carry baggage and preconceived ideas before we even open the book. So what if we left that baggage behind? What if we sifted through the noise surrounding Genesis? What if we read it with fresh … Continue reading Genesis Through Fresh And Ancient Eyes
Everyone is a missionary. Everyone. From the CEO to the first grader to the barista, to the Christian serving in Burma. We are missionaries, telling and spreading the story of the object we worship. Pour your life into something and that same thing will spill out of you. It is not hard for us to … Continue reading Everyone A Missionary
“Oh you mean when God was super angry and violent?” That was how one of my coworkers had described God’s behavior in the Old Testament. During my sophomore year at Biola, I worked part-time at Disneyland with people from all sorts of backgrounds. One night, while riding the shuttle back to the employee lot, I … Continue reading Is God A Violent Warrior?: A Look At “The Crucifixion of the Warrior God”