Seeing the Signs There it was… high above in the sky—gigantic, vibrant, shining brilliantly and radiant as the noonday sun, suspended above as if descending from heaven… It was a sign! Indeed, a big white poster sign hanging on the freeway overpass with nothing but “Jesus” written on it using a sharpie and yellow highlighter. […]
1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. What’s one defining characteristic the whole world has in common? We seem to have a rather unhealthy appetite for sinning in many awful, albeit often creative, ways. Maybe it was lying to […]
“Jack, you’ve got a really sharp mind.” My boss at the Denver Institute for Faith and Work loves our rapid-fire, intricate theological conversations.; they’re so fun. I smiled as I remembered quoting Von Balthasar and Lewis over Costco food court turkey sandwiches to critique modern epistemologies. But that compliment this morning had been preceded with by […]
Sometimes, I really think I have narcolepsy. Sure, sometimes we joke that we must be the helpless victim to this disorder after our friends elbow you for hanging your head for a few minutes during the Sunday Message, or for closing your eyes during a lecture or a movie. But, when rolled down windows, loud […]
“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 […]
“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 […]
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 […]
When I was starting my undergraduate degree in biblical studies, I naïvely expected that those in Evangelical Christian scholarship were all spiritual superstars who had the entirety of their ish together in life. It seemed natural for me to assume that those spending their career studying the character of God and his word would be incredibly […]
“Lex orandi, lex credendi.” Or so goes the ancient Christian maxim, loosely translated, “As we worship, so we believe.” If the songs we sing shape the way we think, we should be very thoughtful about the way our churches are led in worship. Songs are short, memorable, and have the capacity to pack in a […]
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