In America and much of the post-Christian West, the cross has lost its meaning. Jesus’ first century audience knew the cross had just one meaning, death. Yet the cross was the image Jesus chose. He called his followers to “take up their cross”. In enterprising Western society, “come and die” is not good marketing. We’reContinue reading “Life As The Crucified”
Ever binge Netflix and still feel exhausted as the credits roll? The promise of rest turns into a paradox. Free time doesn’t mean good rest. In our hyperconnected-yet-socially-distant world we can have time alone, and avoid solitude completely. This is dangerous, and makes Spiritual rest impossible. Being alone is not solitude. Many of us todayContinue reading “The Danger Of Hurry”
Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Protestant Welsh Minister. He spent the majority of his ministry as the Pastor of Westminster Chapel in London. The day before he began his ministry at Westminster, World War II began. His ministry in the 20th century preserved the gospel for his generation and the next. You can listen andContinue reading “5 Great Quotes: Martyn Lloyd-Jones”
John Newton (1725-1807) was an 18th century Anglican minister, former slave trader, and abolitionist. He spent his early years as a sailor in His Majesty’s Royal Navy, and later became the captain of a slave trader. Newton renounced the slave trade and became an abolitionist after converting to Christianity. He wrote the song Amazing GraceContinue reading “5 Great Quotes: John Newton”
Basil the Great (330-379) was a Church Father who fought against major heresy (Arianism) and was known for his care for the poor. He founded the first hospital in the Western world, known as the Basilead. This community provided healthcare in a time where medicine was a privilege of the Roman elites. I know manyContinue reading “5 Great Quotes: Basil the Great”
John Leland was a Virginian Baptist who became a crucial voice in separating the State from the Church.
Asking myself, what would I be doing in 1863? How can White Christians celebrate a day like Juneteenth? We should listen, learn, lament & celebrate in solidarity with the African American community. These are good postures to assume everyday. I also believe there is a question to ask myself. “Would the way I read my BibleContinue reading “Juneteenth and White Christians”
I had a situation a few years back that has been on my mind in light of the recent deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, but also countless others in the past few years. Christians, especially my white brothers and sisters, can we open our points of view to the experiences of our blackContinue reading “Seeing Racism”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German Theologian & Pastor About Dietrich Bonhoeffer Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906–1945) was a German pastor during World War II. He founded the Confessing Church, & resisted National Socialism’s religious policies. Bonhoeffer was executed for treasonous activity by the Third Reich a month before war ended. “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come andContinue reading “5 Great Quotes: Bonhoeffer”
Addiction presents a complex array of interplaying systems — from our brains to our bodies — and yet Jesus is over all of it. His kingdom spans galaxies, quantum particles, and everything in between — including the long road of recovery.