“But among you stands one you do not know" (John 1:26). We've all experienced it. A long lost friend you haven't heard from in years suddenly calls you up. He's cheerful and so thrilled to be reconnecting. You get caught up on each other's lives, and the conversation is warm and you wonder why you … Continue reading Among Us in the Shadows
“Sir, more than kisses, letters mingle souls. For, thus friends absent speak.” —John Donne As part of my doctoral thesis project at Northern Seminary I am exploring the role of letter writing in pastoral care and spiritual formation. In the ancient world, letter writing was a preeminent way pastors engaged personally with those under their spiritual … Continue reading Letters Mingle Souls
During one of my Christmas breaks in college, I came home with an old paperback version of John Bunyan’s 17th century classic The Pilgrim's Progress. I was going through a radical spiritual awakening, and was voraciously devouring the Christian classics I missed as a non-reading sports jock in high school. The Pilgrim's Progress collided with my … Continue reading The Pilgrim’s Progress & Our Story Shaped Lives
"What is this babbler trying to say?"(Acts 17:18) "In public he never taught without using parables; but afterward, when he was alone with his disciples, he explained everything to them" (Mark 4:34). “Let your house be a gathering place for sages; And wallow in the dust of their feet; and drink in their words with … Continue reading Preaching or Teaching?
"Anyone who listens to my teaching and puts it into practice is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock." Matthew 7:24 Dallas Willard wrote relentlessly urging Christians to place real, rugged apprenticeship to Jesus back at the center of Christian faith and the church's task. The problem, Willard says, is that “The … Continue reading Jesus As LifeCoach
They found him...sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions...And Jesus grew in wisdom." (Luke 2:46, 52) Jesus was a middle schooler once. Can you imagine that? Popping pimples. Voice cracking. Surging hormones. Changing body. Our stained glass images of a stoic Jesus the Son of God and second person of the … Continue reading Sermon: Growing in Wisdom