Jesus & the Palestinian Woman

Jerusalem was in the news as President Trump promises to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, an announcement sparking much controversy and concern. Church leaders in Jerusalem, around the world, and Pope Francis all voiced concern over the possible violence that could result and the hinder the peace process. How ought followers of Jesus think…

Justice & Peace Have Kissed!

The Prince of Peace himself wants to hold classes in every church across the globe this New Year “that He may teach us concerning His ways, and that we may walk in His paths” (Isaiah 2:3). What are the key topics of his seminar? The psalmist gives us the curriculum. Jesus wants to teach his people that in Him “unfailing love and truth have met together” (v. 10a).

The Wright Christmas Gifts

I owe more to N.T. Wright for my understanding of faith and the Bible than anyone else. Period. If you’ve never read a book by Wright, this might be a nice way to ease into his style and brilliance this season of Advent. From the publisher: Advent for Everyone: A Journey with the Apostles provides…

A City on a Hill: A Biblical Theology of Missions

I’ve been preaching from the glorious promises foretold by Isaiah this Advent and how Christ fulfilled them. As Jerusalem was in the news last week, some are again asking what role the modern state of Israel and Jerusalem might have in God’s future plans. Here’s an essay where I explore the OT mission of Israel, and…

My Take on the Bible’s Big Story

Here’s a book I wrote exploring the big plot of the entire Bible through the metaphor of a Divine Symphony or the Dance of the Trinity. Just in time for Christmas!

2017: A Bookish Year

As we begin to wrap up this year, I’m taking inventory of some of my reading activity this past year for future reference. I read more than usual this year due to two main factors. First, I started school again for my doctoral degree and this is requiring thousands of pages of academic reading! Second,…

Truth & Grace (by Darrelyn Tutt)

Two voices spoke from single face: One named truth, the other grace. Truth was stern, direct and strong, Truth declared the right from wrong. Truth proclaimed the pure and right, Truth distinguished dark from light. Everything he spoke was true; Truth had perfect point of view. Overwhelmed by all he said, I sat, I wept…

“Here I Am!” (by Mike Fox)

By Mike Fox  On my desk at work I have a scripture-a-day calendar.  When I get to work in the morning, one of the first things I do is tear off yesterday’s verse and look at the new verse.  I never look ahead.  I look forward to the surprise.  Last week one of the verses…