The world is changing, I feel it in my bones... Okay, maybe things are not that insane. But as I begin my ninth year of campus ministry, I feel old! Yesterday I was playing kickball with some students. One of the guys asked the other, "when was that last time you played kickball?" "Probably like … Continue reading Another Year Begins on Campus…And I Feel Old!
English readers of the Bible see it over and over again: Jesus Christ. While most know that "Christ" is not Jesus' last name, new readers to the Bible could be forgiven if they get that impression. This is the problem, according to Chris Gorton, in his book The Problem with Christ. I have had the … Continue reading The Problem with Christ – Review
I love reading history. This post is inspired by a book I read about early Christian history. Early Christian history makes the news every now and then, often when a book (like The Da Vinci Code) tells of conspiracy theories and a real Jesus much different then the biblical one. The real history is fascinating. … Continue reading History is Messy – Which is Why it is Awesome
Children of Hurin has been on my list for a long time and I finally got around to it. I am glad I did as it is an engaging, exciting and heart-breaking story. It is a welcomed return to Tolkien's Middle Earth for fans of Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and The Silmarillion. As … Continue reading Children of Hurin – Review
I had read it before, but for some reason it struck me this time: "If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not be like a moneylender; charge him no interest" - Exodus 22:25 There it is, a clear Bible passage that says God's people ought not collect … Continue reading Collecting Interest on Loans, Sinful?
My introduction to Dallas Willard came in my first semester of seminary when we were assigned read his Renovation of the Heart in a class called Shaping the Heart of a Leader. We read other books on the soul of a leader, but this was the most difficult one. I do recall the professor admitting this … Continue reading How I Spent My Summer (well, part of it)
I was talking to a student recently who showed a frustration with people who attend church. He said that they get dressed up all nice and act perfect, even looking down on those who do not attend church. They think they are better then the rest of us. But the thing is, they are just … Continue reading Be Real, Be Vulnerable – Bonhoeffer’s Life Together (Walking with the Saints)
Growing up in Pennsylvania Dutch country, I know what rivels are - they are little dumplings one finds in good, PA Dutch style chicken corn soup. Yesterday I betrayed my heritage, making chicken corn soup without rivels. That said, my soup was pretty good. Our summer CSA has inundated us with corn on the cob. … Continue reading Slow Cooker Chicken Corn Soup (CSA style, with celery root)
I am still wanting to share more of what I learned from Dietrich Bonhoeffer's amazing, classic book, Life Together. Maybe I want to keep sharing on it because I am mad no one made me read it in seminary. Or maybe I just really want others to read it. Most of the books on the … Continue reading The Holiness of Work – Bonhoeffer’s Life Together (Listening to the Saints)
Many times throughout history governments have pursued policies that go directly against their own self-interest. Barbara Tuchman defines such pursuits as folly, hence the title of her book The March of Folly. It is not that such policies appeared to be folly only in retrospect. To qualify as folly they had to be obvious folly … Continue reading The March of Folly by Barbara Tuchman (Review)