Social Conformity, Tradition and The Opinions that Matter

This quote stood out for me. I read it at the beginning of summer but it has been sticking with me. As it says, “how we look at other people alsoshows our standard of honor and shame”, and so many of the sins we wrestle with daily come down to this. How we look atContinue reading “Social Conformity, Tradition and The Opinions that Matter”

Discussing Romans 3 and Romans 10: A Snapshot of Some Online Discourse

Thought I would post a couple threads from one of my online groups where I was walking through Romans. Romans 10 in one thread and Romans and in the second Romans 3. In the Romans 10 discussion I am jumping off a statement regarding faith as best rendered faithfulness: Excerpt 1 So what will reallyContinue reading “Discussing Romans 3 and Romans 10: A Snapshot of Some Online Discourse”

Understanding Paul: The Early Christian Worldview of the Letter to the Romans

As I had previously mentioned elsewhere in this space, I recently spent spent some serious time with Pauls letter to the Romans. Stephen Westrholms book Understanding Paul: The Early Christian Worldview of the Letter to the Romans highlighted the importance of reading his letters in his world and not letting modern bias color how weContinue reading “Understanding Paul: The Early Christian Worldview of the Letter to the Romans”

From Canada Day to Labour Day: Summer Break and Blogging

Its been a while since I’ve blogged. Mostly found myself taking a needed break over the summer. Which doesn’t mean the absence of stories. Life continues to write itself, including a road trip through Oklahoma. In any case I figured I would start to fill in the gaps with intention of getting back on theContinue reading “From Canada Day to Labour Day: Summer Break and Blogging”

Transcript of a sermon I gave on Phillipians 2:1-11

When I was asked to preach and given the parameters for what to preach on- our current series on “call” passages in the Bible- I initially found myself struggling to know where to start and how to narrow it down. So I decided simply to give some time to reflecting on what had been resonatingContinue reading “Transcript of a sermon I gave on Phillipians 2:1-11”

Month In Review: Favorite, Watches, Reads, and Listens For The Month of June 2022

Movies Mad God (Phil Tippett, 2022)This is madness on a whole other level. The metaphors are rich, and it’s hard not to see our present reality in the chaos. The animation, done using intricate and detailed stop motion, is simply otherworldly, which helps to transport us into its depraved world. Cycles loom large here, leavingContinue reading “Month In Review: Favorite, Watches, Reads, and Listens For The Month of June 2022”

The Land, The Scattering, and the Genesis of God’s Love Demonstated in Love of Other

I thought this was kind of cool. Why I love the study of scripture. Three separate sources all connecting with a similar thread yesterday: Regent College Podcast Episode 209: Reading the Scriptures in Israel-Palestine Today – With Dr. Yohanna KatanachoThis is an interview with Katanacho about his new book called “The Land of Christ: AContinue reading “The Land, The Scattering, and the Genesis of God’s Love Demonstated in Love of Other”

Justice, Law, and the Counter-Cultural Nature of Jesus: Reading Romans

Speaking of the relationship of justice to the Christian story and Gospel, author Douglas Harink in his book Resurrecting Justice: Reading Romans for the Life of the World addresses the role of the Law in Paul’s mind. He writes, “IN ALMOST EVERYONE’S MIND, justice and law, if not the same thing, are very closely relatedContinue reading “Justice, Law, and the Counter-Cultural Nature of Jesus: Reading Romans”

A Month of Pride: Wrestling With Scripture and the Christian Response to LBGTQ+

So this might be controversial to some, which will continue to surprise me (but not at the same time I guess). But I’ll say this anyways since it is a thought that has been on my mind. It seems logical to expect that if a God who decides to incarnate Godself into a particular pointContinue reading “A Month of Pride: Wrestling With Scripture and the Christian Response to LBGTQ+”