Taking Every Thought Prisoner and Making it Obey t...

Apologetics is often understood as a list of facts and arguments that Christians need to memorize if they don’t want to get intellectually slaughtered by the nearest angry atheist who says, “Jesus didn’t exist” or, “Why would a good God allow evil?” Ironically enough, many (if not most) books on apologetics are structured in this way: 1) here is a list of 15 evidences you can present to somebody about topic x, and 2) this is what you should say when somebody poses hard question y. The result of the approach of these books is an apologetic that is based on one’s ability to memorize: if you can remember all the arguments, you are...

Sting Apr21

Sting

I write this blog tonight next to two cell phones – one is mine, and one belongs to the hospital I work for. I am the social worker on-call tonight. You might be wondering what we could get called in for late at night, or you may have guessed it already… death. As a hospital social worker...

Why Dating Articles ...

Dem Dating Articles Doe In recent months I have witnessed countless articles and blogs pass through my field of vision as I have mindlessly scrolled through Facebook and Twitter, many of them all on one topic: Christianity and dating. As expected, most of these articles are shallow and provide...

Blind Trust

There is a man in our congregation who is blind and he is a sweet old man (we’ll call him Jerry).  I often see him getting dropped off on Sunday morning by public transit or walking down the sidewalk after church.  Sometimes he is alone and oftentimes, there is a member of our congregation...

Don’t Rush Hol...

Yesterday we celebrated Palm Sunday as the start of the Holy Week. As I was listening to the message at my church, I reflected on the speaker, Chad Glazener’s, comment to not move too quickly through the different events of Holy Week. Often times, we want to rush into the celebration of...

How To Not Crucify Y...

Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone (1 Tim 2:23-24). Living in wisdom when we disagree with out brothers and sisters is a difficult task, but a necessary one if we...

The Resurrection and...

This past Saturday we completed our third annual online academic conference, Ecclesia and Ethics. This year our focus was on Human Sexuality. We heard several great papers from speakers like Jenell Paris, Tremper Longman III, Preston Sprinkle, Wesley Hill, Irmtraud Fischer, Mark Yarhouse,...

I Left My Heart In L...

This past weekend, I went to the Saturday night closing session of the TogetherLA Conference held in the heart of Los Angeles at the West Temple Cathedral, and listened to Tim Keller talk about our culture and identity. Many Christian leaders from a diverse set of backgrounds came together to...

The Youth Leader’s Greatest Gift Feb20

The Youth LeaderR...

Last year, I started “Girl Time with Calvin” on our High School’s Winter Retreat, which was basically a fun way for me to sit down with the female senior class and hang out with them.  Girl Time with Calvin consists of me talking with them and answering any questions they...

Re-Lenting

We’re back in the season of Lent, that time of somber reflection, prayer, repentance, and fasting. For many of us, it wasn’t something we grew up with but has grown to become a very meaningful season of reflection and devotion. For me, Lent has come to represent discipline. Fasting...

Whose God? Which Chr...

Last week, First Things magazine published an article on the relation between the doctrine(s) of God according to ‘classical theism’ and the Bible, specifically the New Testament. The ‘classical’ doctrine tells us that, to quote author Wesley Hill: God is simple, immutable, eternal,...