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?
“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”
This is my Father’s world: Oh, let me ne’er forget That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet. This is my Father’s world, The battle is not done: Jesus who died shall be satisfied, And earth and Heav’n be one. ~ Maltbie D. Babcock, "This Is My Father's World" I … Continue reading Let The Rapture Be Left Behind – Part 3
“Jesus's resurrection is the beginning of God's new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonize earth with the life of heaven. That, after all, is what the Lord's Prayer is about.” ― N.T. Wright, "Surprised by Hope" If you have not yet read Part 1, read it first here. In … Continue reading Let The Rapture Be Left Behind – Part 2
I wish we'd all been ready Two men walking up a hill One disappears and one's left standing still I wish we'd all been ready There's no time to change your mind The Son has come and you've been left behind - Larry Norman, "I Wish We’d All Been Ready" Getting left behind. It was … Continue reading Let The Rapture Be Left Behind – Part 1