Tag: Preaching

  • Projects and Promises

    “God, if You don’t want to control everything I do, and I can’t control what You do, then what is our relationship good for, anyway?” Controlling God. I was pondering how my prayers don’t really tend to impact too much what God does. That after I prayed that the cold would stop. (I woke up…

  • Be Better.

    As a culture, Americans aren’t very nice to ourselves. We have a million self-improvement classes, we go to school to get grades, and we measure our value by the numbers on our paycheck and 401k, the words that are or are not in front of and behind our names (PhD, President, etc). We judge ourselves…

  • Value

    I posted this to my Intro to DMA blog back in Fall 2009. I felt like it needed to be reposted here… 🙂 Have you ever noticed that in some films there is a message, intentional or unintentional, that value is dependent upon certain things? For instance… You’re valuable… if you’re beautiful (think every Disney…

  • Fire

    You just can’t sit still, can you? I was taking off my shoes in my apartment when this thought hit me. There are some people who just can’t sit still. There’s this fire deep inside them, something that refuses to sit down and shut up. They can go do stuff they don’t care about for…

  • if You ever gave up on me

    If You ever gave up on me decided my fragile sinner’s heart wasn’t worth the effort that the diamond underneath was really only dirt and finally ran out of endless grace if one day my sins hit four-nine-one if one day your endless grace was gone and You told me it was too late, I…

  • Preach

    I learned during my very formative years that the world was largely filled with people who were going to hell because they didn’t believe in Jesus. I also learned that my primary job as a Christian is to get other people to believe in Jesus so they will go to heaven and not go to…

  • Reflections on the Holocaust

    Not for the weak of stomach. Exit while you can. Written on a sheet of notebook paper and transcribed. I’m sitting outside of chapel, They’re doing praise and worship inside, and I can’t go in. Not yet. We just watched a holocaust video. For the first time, I cried over it. The inhumanity. This must…

  • Instructions for Living in the Empire

    There are a few “fringe theologians” who disavow friendship with the United States of America. Some, like Shane Claiborne, refer to the USA as “Empire” and disavow it, trying to live “off the grid,” away from the realm of America. The idea that the church is this Kingdom of God that will never be destroyed…

  • Saviour, renamed.

    So I was reading Numbers a week or two ago and I came upon this odd little verse tucked away in chapter 13: “These are the names of the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land; but Moses called Hoshea the son of Nun, Joshua.” Why, I wondered, did Moses change Joshua’s name…