In this series of posts we’re exploring the different ways the Bible confronts the reader and the appropriate response to each. #8 - READING THE BIBLE AS SIGNPOSTS TO CHRIST & THE GOSPEL I used to read the Bible as a long, strange book of OT stories (e.g., David & Goliath, Noah and the Flood, … Continue reading THE BIBLE: Signposts to Christ
From the DI archives. -JB In part 1 of my "Christmas Lights" series I explored the Ongoing Epic of God and His Flickering Lights. The Bible tells the story a humanity "unplugged" from the life of God by sin, and how Jesus came to earth to reconnect us to God by dying on the cross … Continue reading Christmas Lights 2: Flipping the Switch
From the DI archives. -JB There is a scene in the classic National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation where Clark Griswald (Chevy Chase) is ready to show off his creativity and hard put into decorating the house with thousands of lights. After the drum roll he plugs in his precious lights only to find....nothing. They refuse to shine. … Continue reading Christmas Lights 1: The Saga of God’s Flickering Lights
Here's a repost from 2009. Enjoy! -JB "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself." -Jesus As fall stares tired youth pastors in the face, weary from summer trips and fun-in-the-sun adventures, we try to take a deep breath, grab a mini vacation before ramping up for another year of bringing the good … Continue reading Worship at the Altar of Self
I am unpacking some thoughts on both the validity of the man-centered vs. God-centered debate and offering some healthy push back on the fuzzy, over-extension of this line of reasoning. I see a distortion of both the character of God and what it means for human beings to glorify God. Michael Spencer began his post … Continue reading Man-Centered vs. God-Centered 3: Is God an Idolater?
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 2008 edition of Christianity Today. Today we focus on the central message of the gospel. What is the gospel? PIPER: The heart of the gospel … Continue reading Piper vs. Wright (5): The Gospel