CHRIST’S SACRIFICE ONCE AND FOR ALL: A QUICK REFLECTION ON YOM KIPPUR

In reflection on this Yom Kippur, I turned to Hebrews 10 to be reminded of the importance of this day. On the Jewish calendar, this is the most holy and sacred day; the day when the high priest could enter into the Holy of Holies, the place where the presence of God, YHVH dwelled. It was there that every year the blood of sacrificed animals was sprinkled and spread on the Arc of the Covenant that contained the law. When God looked on the law, his... Read More

Know Your Identity: You Are Not Defined By What You Do But By Who You Are

Image by Walker4412 I have a confession to make. I got a treadmill for Christmas—last Christmas; I have not used it once. I, like some of you and certainly like most Americans, have made a resolution to lose weight this year. I have resolved to eat better and become more healthy. Why do we make resolutions like this? Why do we make resolutions at all. If you think about it, the act of making a resolution is sort of a confession that you have failed... Read More

Blogging the Bible: A Grace-Centered Reading Through the New Testament

Image by Lucy Loomis There are few books that have the depth of impact on the human soul as does the Bible. Regardless of reading it over and over again, a freshness emerges in the text each time it’s read. This year I have decided that I am going to blog through the New Testament. I do so mostly for me, as such an endeavor is not new. I will be trying to condense books, chapters and passages into a single thought, challenge, or concentration.... Read More

Flirting With the Fine Line of Sin: Restoring Holiness in an Age of Rebellion

I am guilty…I am so guilty. I am guilty of sometimes doing exactly what I know God doesn’t want me to do. I don’t mean in a birthed-out-of-confusion or deception way—I mean, a true and genuine rebellious spirit. A spirit that looks pleasure dead in the eye and says yes. Even in the midst of conviction, my rebellion finds a way to settle with lame and gross excuses… A few months ago I really started to question some things. If I am... Read More

Why You May Be Just As Ghetto As The Next: Reflections On Self-Centeredness

One foot slowly and stylishly stepped in front of the other with a swag and swanker that rivaled that of Kanye West. The twenty-something African American youth, with over-sized pants, shirt, and ball-cap tilted ever so slightly to the right slowly walked (or swaggered in a way that might only be caused by a leg injury or from a hip replacement) despite the red hand ominously flashing its’ warning to stop. And though several cars were racing down... Read More

God Broke My Car: Thoughts on Mishaps, Blessings, and Why You Should Be Grateful

I expected billows of smoke to pour out from under the hood of my car. A pale mist would seep out from under the creases as an appalling bang might be heard. Soon following, the mechanical sounds of parts breaking and falling to the ground would clang in my ears. Perhaps a small fire might emerge. Whatever might happen as my car stalled in the middle of the road, it wasn’t good. As I turned my key over to start it again, the familiar roar of... Read More

Why You Might Just Be the One Who is Ignorant: The Bible, Bart Ehrman, and the Ignorance of Christians

A dark and evil enemy lurks in the shadows of truth within the intellectual community. His silver tongue and sniveling lies demean Christ and steal away the faithful from the flock of Christ. If anyone were an imp of Satan, Dr. Bart Ehrman would be one. At least this is how many within the Christian community see this former theology student, Moody Bible Institute graduate, pastor, and threatening critic to the authority of scripture. Dr. Ehrman was... Read More

Buried By Busy: Tips On How to Have A Healthy Walk With Christ In A Crazy Busy Life

Many of us are buried alive. We are doomed or dead, and don’t even know it. Our busy lives are just empty shells and shadows of what was once a vibrant life. There is something within the American western context which encourages people to be so busy that there is little or no time for quit reflection and inward introspection. For me, I am currently buried under a mountain of post-it notes, scraps of paper, homework, and books. I am buried by busy. While... Read More

Banning the Bible: In Certain Churches, the Word of God is No Longer Welcome

It is the worst fear Evangelicals and Protestants have imagined. As children, our well meaning parents, pastors, and elders spoke of a coming age in which all Bibles would be burned, Christians would be detained, and at gun-point forced to renounce the name of Christ. Such fears were stirred to get us bright-eyed “Christians” to get serious about Christ before the Anti-Christ emerges and drags us into sin and hell on earth. When Y2K never turned... Read More

Why You Might Be A Bible Shredding, Gospel Contorting Christian: A Few Key Ideas on Reading the Scripture Well

With fine precision and delicate care, the paper of this ancient tome gently separates. Slivers of verses are stripped from those which it is surrounded by, robing them from the context in which they were written. And while few would intentionally dissect the scripture, putting scissor to paper and creating a confetti of spiritual insights, we do just that. What young Christian hasn’t played popcorn Bible reading. Someone calls out a page and... Read More

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