Jesus, Come Back! (O...

“GET ME OUT OF HERE! Seriously, it’s time for the Second Coming. Lord, I want you back. Like, ASAP.” That’s a glimpse into my prayer life over the past few months. Maybe that’s been your prayer, too. I think we’ve all felt the weight of recent events and wondered when Christ will...

Going to Heaven with...

As a student of the New Testament, I am one of those odd characters who enjoys the minutia of grammatical details in the original languages and especially their interpretative significance.  Yet what motivates me in working through the details is primarily a genuine application of...

Dealing with Death

After only a month in Scotland, word came for my wife that her grandmother had died. Once I found out, I knew it meant that she would be returning home for the service. It would be a painful process for her. Death is, to our senses, utterly irreversible. People that we love dearly pass across...

I Still Believe

I know it’s the 21st century, but here’s the thing: I’m a Christian. By definition, I have old-school beliefs. That might be a newsflash to the critics, who often react to biblical, traditional and altogether unsurprising beliefs with dropped jaws, as if Christians haven’t preached...

(UN)Christian Music

Last week I reviewed mewithoutYou’s new album, Ten Stories. As I wrote the review I thought about the idea of “Christian Music.” This is something that I’ve been wrestling with for a while. For some Christians, they only listen to “Christian Music” and deem...

All Dogs Do Go To He...

The end of Lent is nearly a week away and Easter is quickly approaching.  AND did you know that last week – March 23, 2012 – the world celebrated National Puppy Day?  Now I know what you’re thinking, what does Easter have to do with puppies?  The simple answer: all dogs go to...

The Earth is Ours (P...

Last week, I talked about my obsession with Human Planet, the BBC series that brings the triumph of manly dominion to our TV screens. I’ve since finished the final two episodes (in all their high-definition glory) and although I’m impressed, even moved, by how well the series depicts our...

Be Who You’re ...

It’s a new year, which means millions of people like you and me are taking time out for some self-reflection. A long look in the mirror—both literal and metaphorical—to find and fix our flaws. When I look in the mirror, past the fingerprints and flecks of toothpaste, what strikes me are...

Sex & Eschatolo...

I remember when I was younger being told that Jesus could come back at any moment.  Instead of erupting in joy at such a statement I would often think that Jesus should wait, perhaps until I have at least been married and had sex first.  Now, I’m fairly confident that I’m not in...