• The Missional Five – Part One: Lifestyle

    The Missional Five – Part One: Lifestyle

    Missional is one of those elusive terms whose definition is often found in the eye of the beholder. Or words to that effect. And it’s definitely true that what people mean by the term can run quite a gamut of options & opinions. But I wonder if it might be possible to agree on some basic […]

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  • Parenting tips from The “The Baptists” and “The Helisons”

    Parenting tips from The “The Baptists” and “The Helisons”

    The early chapters of Luke’s Gospel are saturated with narratives about families, pregnancies, husbands, wives, children, the religious community of faith, devotion, dedication to God’s house, and the formation of two incredible people; John the Baptizer, and Jesus, the Messiah. These two men grew up in the homes of parents who took their spiritual formation […]

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  • Primer on the Prophetic

    Primer on the Prophetic

    So, you want to pursue the gift of prophecy… Biblically, this is a very good thing. In fact, the apostle Paul encourages people to “eagerly desire” this gift of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 14:1).  To seek the gift of prophecy, to strengthen, encourage and comfort people (1 Corinthians 14:3), is very commendable. Ultimately, we […]

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  • Back to Church – An Ecclesial Journey, Pt. 5

    Back to Church – An Ecclesial Journey, Pt. 5

    Let’s start with a story… This morning my wife and I joined in fellowship and worship with a fairly large group of about 250 Anglican Christians in our town. After we were greeted at the door by the Pastor, he said – “I just want to let you know that our deacon’s wife died last […]

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  • An Open Letter to Richard Dawkins (and those listening in)

    An Open Letter to Richard Dawkins (and those listening in)

    Dear Richard Dawkins, As a Christian, I follow you on Twitter because I believe it is good for Christians to engage with those who disagree with our viewpoints. I’ve read your book, The God Delusion, and have read a number of your essays and articles. I believe there are convincing responses to all of your objections […]

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  • Is nature in conflict with scripture? – Some reflections on the Gungor drama.

    Is nature in conflict with scripture? – Some reflections on the Gungor drama.

    Well, last week was a typical week in a world where Christian celebrity, social media, and theological convictions collide. A well-known Christian musician voiced his evolving theological conclusions, convictions, and even doubts about things like a real first-couple named Adam and Eve, a six-day creation (which he was taught happened 6,000 years ago), and a version of […]

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  • I Think the Word “Church” Should be Abandoned.

    I Think the Word “Church” Should be Abandoned.

    I attend a church. I am also a member of that church. In fact, I serve that church as a pastor. I often invite people to visit that church or to visit our church’s website. As you can tell, the church is a big part of my life. I love the church and spend a […]

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  • The Promised Land is a “Heavenized” Earth…

    The Promised Land is a “Heavenized” Earth…

    A verse from a confessional reading in the Moravian Hymnal reads: Oh yes, having found in the Lord our delight, He is our chief object by day and by night; This knits us together, no longer we roam, We all have one Father, and heaven is our home. [1] Echoing this widely held Christian belief […]

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Biblical, theological, & practical reflections from the trenches.

Biblical Studies

The Banquet Parables of Jesus – Luke 14:1-24

The Banquet Parables of Jesus – Luke 14:1-24

This is part one in a video series covering several of the parables of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. Read the text, watch the video, share your comments. Enjoy! Luke 14:1-24 (ESV) 1 One Sabbath, when he went to dine at the house of a ruler of the Pharisees, they were watching him carefully. […]

The distance between the biblical text and theology (updated)

The distance between the biblical text and theology (updated)

I’ll never forget my first semester of biblical theology in seminary. My professor asked us all for a concise definition of theology. Answers rang out from around the room. “The study of God and God’s truth” – “Sound doctrine” – “The harmonization of what we believe” and “biblical teaching” were some of the big ideas […]

The Promised Land is a “Heavenized” Earth…

The Promised Land is a “Heavenized” Earth…

A verse from a confessional reading in the Moravian Hymnal reads: Oh yes, having found in the Lord our delight, He is our chief object by day and by night; This knits us together, no longer we roam, We all have one Father, and heaven is our home. [1] Echoing this widely held Christian belief […]

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Theological Studies

Is nature in conflict with scripture? – Some reflections on the Gungor drama.

Is nature in conflict with scripture? – Some reflections on the Gungor drama.

Well, last week was a typical week in a world where Christian celebrity, social media, and theological convictions collide. A well-known Christian musician voiced his evolving theological conclusions, convictions, and even doubts about things like a real first-couple named Adam and Eve, a six-day creation (which he was taught happened 6,000 years ago), and a version of […]

I Think the Word “Church” Should be Abandoned.

I Think the Word “Church” Should be Abandoned.

I attend a church. I am also a member of that church. In fact, I serve that church as a pastor. I often invite people to visit that church or to visit our church’s website. As you can tell, the church is a big part of my life. I love the church and spend a […]

Karl Barth Recognized Churchianity as Opposed to Community

Karl Barth Recognized Churchianity as Opposed to Community

Karl Barth writes: “When theology confronts the Word of God and its witnesses, its place is very concretely in the community, not somewhere in empty space. The word “community,” rather than “Church,” is used advisedly, for from a theological point of view it is best to avoid the word “Church” as much as possible, if […]

Reviews

Ken Wilson on Pauline Theology (part 5)

Ken Wilson on Pauline Theology (part 5)

In this post, I want to review and interact with Ken Wilson’s work in ALTMC on the Apostle Paul. In addition to several posts covering Ken’s introductory work (here, here, and here), I’ve posted my thoughts on his use of the Old Testament. Now I want to start looking at his work on the NT, specifically related […]

<em>A Commentary on the Psalms: Volume 2 (42-89)</em>, by Allen P. Ross

A Commentary on the Psalms: Volume 2 (42-89), by Allen P. Ross

Of the Psalms, John Calvin said that “the varied and resplendid riches which are contained in this treasury it is no easy matter to express in words.” Martin Luther stated that the Psalms are a “Little Bible, wherein everything contained in the entire Bible is beautifully and briefly comprehended.” Deitrich Bonhoeffer said that “the more […]

<em>Praying in God’s Theater</em>, by Joel L. Watts

Praying in God’s Theater, by Joel L. Watts

Throughout the year I often find myself asking questions about personal “soul care” and this usually turns into questions about my time spent reading Scripture and praying. I used to always feel like I was the worst follower of Jesus in the universe because I really struggled to pray according to the models I had inherited from previous experiences […]

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Practical Theology

The Missional Five – Part One: Lifestyle

The Missional Five – Part One: Lifestyle

Missional is one of those elusive terms whose definition is often found in the eye of the beholder. Or words to that effect. And it’s definitely true that what people mean by the term can run quite a gamut of options & opinions. But I wonder if it might be possible to agree on some basic […]

Parenting tips from The “The Baptists” and “The Helisons”

Parenting tips from The “The Baptists” and “The Helisons”

The early chapters of Luke’s Gospel are saturated with narratives about families, pregnancies, husbands, wives, children, the religious community of faith, devotion, dedication to God’s house, and the formation of two incredible people; John the Baptizer, and Jesus, the Messiah. These two men grew up in the homes of parents who took their spiritual formation […]

The Vineyard: Everyone Gets to Play!

The Vineyard: Everyone Gets to Play!

The first Vineyard church I attended was the Smoky Hill Vineyard and the date was sometime in the early 90′s. At the time the church was meeting at a local middle school and it was the first “church plant” that our family ever attended. The worship gatherings were marked by hunger, intimacy, and a longing […]

General

“A God to call Father” – A Father’s Day Reflection

“A God to call Father” – A Father’s Day Reflection

Have you ever heard someone refer to God as “The Man Upstairs,” or perhaps more piously, “The Lord?” Certainly, the Bible is full of titles and descriptions of God, which are appropriate to use when we refer to Him. But there is one sense in which God reveals himself which truly shows the depth of […]

Interview with Kevin Scott…

Interview with Kevin Scott…

A few months ago I posted a review of Kevin Scott’s absolutely fantastic book ReCreatable (review here). Kevin was kind enough to answer a few questions for us and I want to again encourage you to pick up his book! It’s excellent. ************************************ Luke: Kevin, thanks for taking the time to answer some of our questions! If you wouldn’t mind, […]

A Broken Wall – A Poem on Ecclesiastes 10:8b

A Broken Wall – A Poem on Ecclesiastes 10:8b

This post will go on record as my first attempt to share some original poetry inspired by my own reflections on some texts that mean a lot to me. Here’s my first, entitled – “A Broken Wall.” Enjoy ——————- A Broken Wall by Kenny Burchard Ecclesiastes 10:8b “…whoever breaks through a wall, will be bitten by […]