‘The Telos of ...

I met up with some friends from secondary school last night. I have known all of them for at least 13 years now, some of whom for over 20 years. It was an odd thing to think about time in such a way. Of all of us, I am the only one still studying, the only one without a real job. And I guess,...

Remote Control

If you happened to be sitting between rows 24 and 27 on the American Airlines flight from San Antonio to Dallas last Sunday, you might have heard the following rhyme playing repeatedly during the 38 minute flight: I’ve got a remote/ and I’m ready to roll/ making things happen/ ‘cause...

Christians, We Should Adapt To Culture (Wait, What?!) Dec03

Christians, We Shoul...

Recently, I was informed that an individual I grew up with came out to her family, which I was a bit surprised to hear. Like many parents who have been confronted with the conflict between their child’s homosexual lifestyle and its compatibility with Christianity, their focus turned towards...

The Slavery of God

I used to believe that all evangelical theologians were a gift from God. This is what my Reformed background taught me. My honest confession in this short piece is that I no longer believe that. In fact, evangelical seminaries and Bible schools are turning out a great number of men and women...

The Beatific Vision

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see God? If you haven’t had this thought before, think about it for a second with me. Let’s rephrase the question, have you ever wondered what it will be like to see God? Of course, no one can see God and live (Ex 33:20), but what...

The Failure of Evang...

This is a post I wrote on my personal blog a few years ago. I think it still holds true but would like to hear your thoughts I think evangelicalism has failed on two major fronts. One is the preaching and teaching of the Sanctification process through the power of the Holy Spirit. So much of...

God Is Not Chewy Aug12

God Is Not Chewy

There are many things that God is not. And chewy is one of them. No, I’m not referring to this well-beloved Star Wars character. Although that’s true; God is definitely not Chewbacca. It may seem silly, but I whole-heartedly affirm that God is not chewy. By saying that God is not...

God’s Presence...

This summer I am working on my upcoming book on Esther for Wipf and Stock. This has taken me miles away from Galatia (where my doctoral research has largely resided) to the capital of the Persian Empire, Susa. Additionally, I am no longer in the first century, but am thinking about the reign...

What is Forgiveness?

In a couple of weeks I will be giving a short sermon on the subject of forgiveness. I knew from the outset that this was not a “safe” topic for me. Forgiveness does not come easy for me, especially in the places that it really matters, that is, in the places where the perceived wrongs are...

Ecclesia and Ethics: Day One May21

Ecclesia and Ethics:...

This past Saturday was Day One of the online conference that I had been co-organizing with some of my officemates from St Andrews. It was both exhausting and exhilarating. Because it was designed to be an international conference, my day began at 6am local time in California and ended at 4pm...

On Sinkholes and Sus...

In my last post I talked about the reality of sinkholes, the absolutely terrifying natural phenomenon in which what was once stable ground gives way and forms gaping chasms. Reports of sinkholes swallowing people from the face of the earth have been regular fare for news coverage recently. And...