I’m Coming Home, Too Jul15

I’m Coming Hom...

This past Friday (July 11), the sports world received something far greater than free Slurpees (7/11 day) with the much anticipated announcement from LeBron James. Instead of returning to Miami in an attempt to continue the Heat’s near monopoly on the Eastern Conference, LeBron decided...

Relearning How to Fo...

When I first came to the mission field I spoke with a teammate who told me about a man named Mamadou who I would meet shortly. He told me, “Mamadou is a Muslim background believer from Africa. And just so you know, he fasts more than he eats.” When my teammate relayed this information to...

That’s me in t...

— Yes, the title above kind of refers to REM’s ‘Losing My Religion’, but I quite literally sat in the corner of a lecture theatre for around 12 hours…   I was in London this past weekend attending a conferenced organised by Birkbeck titled ‘The Actuality of...

A Brief History of O...

On my trip to India over spring break—which you can read a little bit about here—I brought along a delightful little introduction to Old Testament Criticism by Mark S. Gignilliat, called, A Brief History of Old Testament Criticism: From Benedict Spinoza to Brevard Childs (check it out on...

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...