When I spent time serving as a camp counselor, I remember getting several versions of this question: how do we know that the text of our Bibles are right? And it’s a sensible question. After all, we’re talking about writings that were written thousands and thousands of years ago in ancient languages. How could we … Continue reading How Do We Know the Text of Our Bibles is Right?
You turn on the news and you find out that there’s been another horrific school shooting or a natural disaster across the country. The next story is about a deadly attack by some militant group you hadn’t heard of until just now in a city all the way across the world that you didn’t know … Continue reading The Upside-Down-Topsy-Turvy Kingdom of God
It’s not uncommon to hear people make direct comparisons between the church and the business world. Many will look at the practices and trends of the business world and try to adapt those lessons for use in the church. Some will even go so far as to say that the church is, for all intents … Continue reading The Church is Not a Business
If you’ve ever tried to convince someone about something important, something about politics, religion, or even something more mundane, then you know that this is a herculean task. Sometimes your argument works, but sometimes your argument fails. The other person is either completely unconvinced by your reasoning or they come back with their own arguments … Continue reading How to Make a Convincing Argument in a Pluralistic Society
In many of St. Paul’s letter’s he talks about how Christ is the foundation upon which the church is built. In 1 Corinthians 3 he provides a very vivid image of how this plays out. He talks about how teachers and workers in the church are building on top of the foundation of Christ. The … Continue reading Sin
It’s not uncommon to hear Christians claim that other Christians are “denying the word of God.” This is a pretty serious accusation, so we should probably be careful about making this kind of claim. After all, it’s certainly possible to deny the word of God; people do it all the time. However, we mock God … Continue reading Denying the Word of God
I’ve had a few of N. T. Wright’s books sitting on my to-read shelf for a while and this is the first one that I’ve actually gotten around to reading. I have to say that I went into this book with fairly high expectations and this book more than exceeded those expectations. It’s been an … Continue reading Book Review: “Surprised by Hope”