My Aha

Over at Peter Enns’ blog I have a guest post. When did my understanding of the Bible begin to shift? I sat there on the shore for about three hours a day with nothing to do. So one day I decided that the logical way to spend my time would be to create a chart […]

Vines: God and the Gay Christian

Matthew Vines is out to show that the Christian case in favor of same-sex relationships is not the exclusive purview of the liberals. As an Evangelical, who seems to me to hold a view of scripture that is something akin to inerrancy, Vines writes God and the Gay Christian in order to establish what he […]

Does Jesus Know It’s Judas?

Here’s a question: in the Gospel of Mark, does Jesus know which disciple is going to betray him? Here’s the prediction of a betrayer in Mark 14:17-21: 17 That evening, Jesus arrived with the Twelve. 18 During the meal, Jesus said, “I assure you that one of you will betray me—someone eating with me.” 19 […]

Never Pray Again

I have grown up hearing language of “mobilizing” God’s people through prayer, of prayer being like the gas that fills up our spiritual vehicles so that we can run off in service of God. But what if… What if prayer isn’t the great mobilizer of God’s people, but the great immobilizer? What if worship and […]

On Being Son of God

There once was a person who received the Spirit of God. With the reception of this Spirit, the man became something he was not before: God’s own son. Knowing that God was father, and protector, and deliverer, he implored God for deliverance in the face of suffering: Abba! Father! But deliverance, and entry into glory, […]