Trouble in the Garden

“Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” (Mark 14:36). Jesus didn’t want to die. On at least three occasions, Jesus explicitly told his disciples that he must suffer, die, and rise again (Mark 8:31; 9:31; 10:33-34). He was clear, but… Read More ›

Resolution 2019: The Bible

I have an annual joke that gets less funny every year. I wait for someone to ask me what my New Year’s resolution is, and then I say, “To not make promises I can’t keep.” Actually, that joke was never funny. I should resolve to retire it. It was probably just an attempt to deflect… Read More ›

Christian Hymnody: History and Emotion

One of the great benefits of a Christian hymnal is that it pulls together the very best of Christian hymnody from across centuries, even millennia. Most music doesn’t have much of a shelf life. Just consider pop music (Christian or secular). The vast majority of what you hear today will be completely forgotten in a… Read More ›

Feelings, Reality, and Jesus

Is what we feel real? We live in a world where feelings reign supreme. And why not? Our feelings are the closest thing to us. Oftentimes, our perception of reality is more important to us than the actual reality. If you are in a cold room, you don’t really care unless you feel cold. Usually… Read More ›

The Cost of Forgiveness

Forgiveness is expensive. Now that might sound a bit strange, especially to Christian ears. We might think, “Wait a minute! God’s forgiveness is free! If we have to do something or give something in order to earn it, then it’s not really forgiveness.” And this is true. Forgiveness is always free … for the person… Read More ›

History and Forgiveness

I have a question for you. It might seem like an odd question. It might even seem trivial. But there’s a point, so stay with me. Here it is: Can you go back in time and pull Jesus off the cross? Can you build a time machine, travel back in time, and somehow prevent Jesus… Read More ›

On Vocation and Evangelism

When I was in high school I felt a profound burden to tell my friends about Jesus. I didn’t really know if they were Christians. Maybe they were; maybe not. I didn’t really know because we didn’t really talk about it. I wanted to, but there was always something blocking me. Even random strangers—people you… Read More ›

Let’s Not Talk about the Issue

Let’s Not Talk about the Issue

Let’s not talk about the issue. You know what I’m talking about—that theological, political, or social issue that causes your heart to accelerate the blood through your arteries faster and faster, because you need all the strength your body can muster to squash your opponent like a bug. It’s that issue where you’re right, and… Read More ›