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Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God! Working with people in the context of a local church is hard. I don't think I have to explain it. If you've done anything with people, you'll know that people sometimes suck. Some people intentionally suck, but for the...read more
Mark 13:14-23 The Desolating Sacrilege and Call to Flee Judea Jesus now comes as close as He ever will to answering the disciples' question about when to expect the destruction of the Temple which He just prophesied. Daniel's prophecy (Dan. 9:27, 11:31, 12:11) of...read more
Mark 13:3-13 Jesus "Answers" When Will it Happen, and What Will be the Sign? Jesus has just prophesied the destruction of the temple. Now He sits on the Mount of Olives with His disciples (v.3). The view of the Temple from here is absolutely glorious! So it seems...read more
If a sacrament is a means of grace, or to improve upon an Augustinian idea, a visible sign of both invisible and visible grace, how might the church be sacramental? This is a question I have long been wrestling with and the suggestion I made in my dissertation was...read more
“This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’—and I am the worst of them all. But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst...read more
Below is a copy of the paper I presented at the 2017 Society of Vineyard Scholars' annual gathering (PDF can be found here). I essentially argue that sacramentality is essential for Vineyard theology and praxis, especially the regular celebration of Communion....read more
Protestants don't typically like the biblical word "liturgy" (yep, it's a biblical word. Keep reading!) because it is so often used as a synonym for dead religious rituals. That's a mistake. In reality, it is a wonderful word that captures the Church's work of worship...read more
The hot button discussion in American Evangelicalism this week is the recently released "Nashville Statement". This is an attempt by some Reformed Evangelicals to clarify their views on sexuality; the statement has raised a fair amount of agreement and a fair amount...read more
“Do you know why retired pastors always sit at the back of the church?” he asked, with a knowing wink. I smile back, shaking my head. “I have absolutely no idea. Why?” His grin broadened even more, and he leaned back in his chair with a hearty laugh. “Because we can!”...read more
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