Don’t Rush Holy Week

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 Easter, that we don’t give the space to reflect on the events leading up to it, such as Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem,  his anguish in preparing for the cross, the reality of the suffering of Jesus on the cross, silent Saturday, and then the celebration of the resurrection on Sunday. As I think about the different stages of Holy Week and how it...

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,...

A Communal Feast ...

Yesterday, in honor of the martyrdom of St. Valentine, I hosted a dinner party with a few of my girl friends. It was a good time of delicious food and engaging conversation. While Valentine’s Day can be S.A.D. (Singles Awareness Day), I wanted to celebrate the holiday in the truest fashion...

He Said Transformed?...

A few months ago, while sitting in church listening to the sermon, there was a kid in the pew behind me who was struggling to pay attention.  He was fidgety, kicking the pew in front of him, drawing on the bulletin, and whispering constantly to his parents.  I recall trying to listen to the...

When  November  Sucks / Angry at God Jan12

When November Suck...

The last two months have been some of the most difficult since we moved to Scotland. It is difficult to articulate exactly how frustrating these times have been in a blog post without sounding as if I am depressed or complaining. Neither of these is the case, yet times have been difficult all...

A Big Ol’ Fixe...

Confession: I really like HGTV (the Home and Garden cable TV network, for the uninitiated). I adore the Gaineses on Fixer Upper. The Property Brothers and House Hunters are quite wonderful as well. I’ve spent a good amount of my winter break time drinking in these home renovation...