“What Do We Do?”

As a teenager, my understanding of life in Christ, how to live as a Christian, was going to church and enjoying a consistent devotional life with him. This was largely private. I didn’t connect with Christian brothers and sisters, my faith rarely influenced my public...

Odd and Unexpected Gifts

Recently while playing basketball with a group of students and staff I experienced an injury. In the midst of certainly one of the most beautiful lay ups of that day, I found myself crashing down on my ankle. As if my life slowed down for that brief moment I could see...

A far greater power…

All you need is love, love… Students at a Bible college can’t escape parsing definitions of Biblical concepts like salvation, sanctification, or the ever-contentious predestination. Whether because it’s an assignment (all you Systematic Theology students can groan!)...

Learning to Love: Problem People

Wounds. Unless they are physical, we often don’t see wounds in other people. What we do see is the negative expressions that are effects of the internal presence of their wounds. For a hypothetical example, maybe my dad was verbally abusive, could never find anything...

Learning to Love: People Reduction

We tend to reduce people to simple understandings. In his memoir The Pastor, Eugene Peterson reflects on his Uncle Sven. He first heard stories about Uncle Sven from his mother, who was nearly two decades younger than her brother. She said of him that he was kind,...