A Picture Is Worth a 1,000 Words (& Millions of Dollars)

From the DI archives.  A while back I was researching the ways our brain processes messages in preparation for a series of messages I gave at a weekend youth retreat based on “The Matrix” movies. Here’s some of my reflections on our image-based culture. -JB “What we’ve introduced at MTV is nonnarrative form…We rely on…

Happy Birthday My Love!

You’re beautiful from head to toe, my dear love,     beautiful beyond compare, absolutely flawless.  You’ve captured my heart, dear friend.     You looked at me, and I fell in love.     One look my way and I was hopelessly in love!   Song of Solomon 4 (The Message)

Christ Encounter #3: Kingdom Greatness (Mark 10:35-45)

Please join us for a series of studies in some of the most well-known encounters with Christ in the Gospels. Each study will provide (1) initial Observations & Questions from the text, (2) followed by some Exegesis & Interpretation, (3) concluding with some personal Application questions and considerations. SCRIPTURE: Mark 10:35-45

Piper vs. Wright (4): First-Century Judaism

We’re comparing the differences between John Piper and N. T. Wright on Paul and the New Perspective using helpful summaries compiled by Trevin Wax in the June 2009 edition of Christianity Today.  Today we focus on the question: How do Piper and Wright differ on their understanding of first-century Judaism as the background of Paul’s…

PHILIPPIANS 16: Puzzle Pieces & Box Covers (Phil 2:5)

“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus…” or “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus…” (Phil. 2:5)  Have you ever tried putting together a puzzle without having the box cover to show you what the finished product is supposed to look like?  Without the cover picture we…

A Plea for a Fuller Gospel Vision

Let me preface the following post by stating how important I feel it is for Christians to be open-minded and unafraid to generously engage and learn from people of differing viewpoints.  I am a better person and a stronger, more committed follower and teacher of Biblical Christianity precisely because I allow my convictions to be…

Piper vs. Wright (3): God’s Righteousness

We’re comparing the differences between John Piper and N. T. Wright on Paul and the New Perspective using helpful summaries compiled by Trevin Wax featured in the June edition of Christianity Today.  Today we look at “the righteousness of God.” What does Paul mean by the righteousness of God?   PIPER: The essence of God’s righteousness is…

“Behind-the-Wheel” Evangelism

Many of you know I spent several years during seminary teaching Driver Education and substitute teaching in the public schools. I had many neat encounters with teens, but one of my all time favorite stories involves Greg.  And it all began in the front seat of the student driver car. Greg was a skinny, geeky…