Christ Encounter #2: Rich Young Ruler (Mark 10:17-22)

Please join us for a summer 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: Matt 19:16-24; Mark 10:17-22; Luke 18:18-30

Electric Kisses

You may be thinking that the camera is out of focus in this recent photo of Keri kissing me at a wedding in Chicago. Well, you are mistaken. Love is electric. Keri’s kisses have been known to short-circuit microwaves, blow fuses, shatter glass, pop balloons, startle old ladies, and, of course, send shock waves through…

“Full of Grace, Seasoned with Salt”: On Rhetoric & Respect

This is a brief follow up post to my recent “Is Evangelism Child Abuse” where I voiced my concern over the trend towards more over-the-top, anti-religious rhetoric in the marketplace of ideas.  The broader more significant issue I see at stake in this discussion has to do with monitoring the spirit of the dialogue between…

Is Evangelism Child Abuse?

I have updated my original post (see italics) and added a direct quote from iMonk. Michael Spencer, the Internet Monk, has a post this week entitled “Is Evangelism Child Abuse?”  He is responding to the newest attack on religious people and leaders — the view that attempts to evangelize and convert people (especially young teenagers) is…

PHILIPPIANS 15: Getting Along in a Get-Ahead World (Phil 2:3-4)

Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or cheap boasting, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well.”(Phil 2:3-4) As a basketball coach I know full…

Piper vs. Wright (2): The Law & Covenant

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 their respective views of the Law and Covenant.  What is the purpose of the Law and Covenant? WRIGHT: God…

Christ Encounter #1: Nicodemus

This summer I am leading a Bible Study series with our high school students called Christ Encounters. Please join us for this 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 exegetical Interpretation, (3) concluding with…

Piper vs. Wright (1) – The Sin Problem

I have been following the lively, helpful discussion at Jesus Creed on Wright vs. Piper on Justification and the New Perspective, and recommend you check that out for yourself for more nuanced, detailed treatment.   Today, I was very pleased to find this debate featured in this June edition of Christianity Today with an enormously…