“I don’t know,” said Gavin, feet on the dash, brow furrowed in thought, “college students just aren’t that hospitable.” Driving away from a youth theater performance of Singin’ in the Rain, we exchanged reflections on home-finding, transience, and living on a micro-budget. While hospitality may slip by the wayside, students do a lot of other […]
Receiving Personal Gifts What does it mean to give a personal gift? Well, we know what it means to give an impersonal gift. It’s the annual iTunes gift card from the step-uncle you only see on Christmas Eve. Or, it’s the “Jack likes books, let’s get him a book” that started in junior high and […]
So many of us are lonely. Modern Western culture — Christian and not — has all but lost its rich heritage of friendship. Below is my first try at writing out an idea I call “Covenantal Friendship.” I wrote this piece to get out of an assignment for a seminary counseling course. I’d treasure your […]
“Because of you,” spoke the old friend of God, trembling, holding back heavy tears as he looked out over a sea of remorseless faces, “Because of you,” he spoke, perhaps with frank shock and bewildered grief, “Because of you the LORD became angry with me.” (Deut. 1:27) . Moses These words are among the first […]
The theology behind the Eucharist, the Lord’s Supper, or Communion has been debated throughout church history. However, the continued practice of it shows that it is an essential part of the church’s life. In my experience, Communion has always been about reflecting on Christ’s sacrifice and repenting for sins. Growing up, it was always at […]
Both Nietzsche and the collective Christian witness proclaim messages of the redemption of humanity from its current state. But just as their worldviews are different, so are their messages of redemption. In fact, the two worldviews are so different that one’s message of redemption is incompatible with the other’s framework. In a world that has […]
On my first day at Biola, Sean Hansen taught me how to serve underclassmen by serving me. Working with a good team, Sean gave my class the wonderful gift of a week-long freshman orientation. Instantly wanting to follow him, I interviewed and started working with his campus ministry within the month. Over the course of […]
The Spirit prays for us. We do not know what to pray, nor necessarily to pray for that which we do not know what to pray for. Neither did we know how to pray, nor even how to pray for what we do not know to pray for, but our Lord has taught us. He […]
There seems to have been a lot of (social) media attention on ‘prayer’ recently. In addition to the Church of England’s ‘#justpray’ campaign promotion video being deemed offensive and banned by a number of cinemas in the UK, there was also a seemingly unprecedented wave of social media ‘praying’ with the ‘#PrayforParis’ phenomenon in the aftermath of the Paris attacks. […]
Last week, I had a week-long intensive course where I learned about the teaching and learning process. While trying to take in so much information about all the different philosophies and methodologies of teaching, I also heard from people at various colleges, universities, and churches that are already actively in teaching positions from across the […]
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Wes on The Failure of Evangelicalism Hi Josh, VERY GOOD preaching brother! Wes
Wes on The Failure of Evangelicalism Good preaching brother! Wes
Jack Franicevich on “Covenantal Friendship” I'm sorry to hear that, Kenny. I've heard that from ...
Jack on Joshua serves the Lord’s Supper in Numbers Thanks for reading, Walt!