7 Things to Know About Pentecost Sunday

Everybody observes holidays. You will not find a people anywhere who do not have unique days of celebration and remembrance. We got this tendency from our Maker. It is significant to note that the living God instituted seven holidays (holy days). These are called “the feasts of the Lord.” This phrase makes it clear thatContinue reading “7 Things to Know About Pentecost Sunday”

Letter From A Birmingham Jail

  On April 12, 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr. produced one of the great pieces of literature composed on U.S. soil. Locked up in Birmingham jail, with nothing but a pen and the margins of a local newspaper, Dr. King proceeded to respond to the supposed call to unity from Christian ministers, calling for anContinue reading “Letter From A Birmingham Jail”

Why Bother Fasting?

Why should I consider ignoring a growling stomach, bypassing entertainment, and denying myself of the legitimate need of nourishment? Because the discipline of fasting can do what nothing else will do in your life. Simply defined, fasting is the voluntary abstaining from food for higher purposes. It is a potent way to forego lower pleasuresContinue reading “Why Bother Fasting?”

What’s The Big Deal About Resurrection?

It really happened. The message of Jesus is a resurrection story. It’s not just another religious tale. This is not a myth. The way of Jesus is not a compilation of pleasant, moral teachings; it is historical. The Christian faith is not the exaggerated account and reconstructed ethics of an imaginary rabbi named Jesus; it is the result of aContinue reading “What’s The Big Deal About Resurrection?”

Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.

I like honest conversations. And I love the fact that God’s shoulders are big enough to handle our intellectual, emotional, and theological struggles. It’s why I am so drawn to the death of Lazarus (John 11). On a holiday where billions will celebrate Jesus’ ultimate victory over death, I am reminded of the painful reality of living in theContinue reading “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, & Racialized Sin

Troubling thoughts keeping me up late and waking me up early: 1. It’s devastating to see non-Christians more torn up over black people dying than white Christians. I’m sad and angry and embarrassed and grieving. 2. Implicit bias is more dangerous than overt hatred because it operates underground. It has been stunning to witness allContinue reading “Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, & Racialized Sin”

So great a salvation

Do not neglect so great a salvation. (Hebrews 2:3) There is so much debate regarding the possibility – or impossibility – of losing salvation. But the far more practical danger is neglecting salvation. Oh to live in the reality and the fullness of this great salvation. Indeed there is a salvation-like promise to drugs and porn and fame and fortune and aContinue reading “So great a salvation”