Silence Is Not An Option: Some Thoughts on Justice & Inequality

Looking back on this essay from July of 2013, about the hysteria surrounding the trial of George Zimmerman regarding the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, I find that considering all that with all that has happened since, with Ferguson MO and NYC, this essay remains very applicable.  So I decided to edit it a little and…

Why Phil Robertson is Both Right & Wrong About ISIS

In a recent appearance on Sean Hannity the Duck Dynasty patriarch said that if he was in charge of the situation with ISIS his strategy would be to convert them or to kill them.   Naturally, this has stirred up some controversy.  However, those who embrace or reject what was said out of hand –…

What Clifford The Big Red Dog Can Teach Us About Grace

I have been a father for quite some time now and as such, I have had the chance to watch many hours of children’s programming.  To date one of my favorites remains the old PBS cartoon Clifford the Big Red Dog.  I think what I love most about the story, is captured beautifully by the…

4 Quick Thoughts On Leadership From Nehemiah

Much is made of Leadership in the Church nowadays, what it is and how it is accomplished.  It seems there is always a new book on the bestseller list, designed to help you become the best leader you can be with just 12 easy steps complemented by 24 easy diagrams and 48 forms.  Obviously, I…

Making Sense Of The Day Of Pentecost

Acts 2 details the events of the first Pentecost following the resurrection and ascension of Messiah.  Too often this text is interpreted through the broken hermeneutic of popular Christian theological systems which, due to their inherently anti-Semitic prepositions, often emphasize the wrong aspects of the text.  In doing so, they render a narrative of it…

Making Sense Of The Bible – An Introduction

Knowing the right Bible answers is not the same thing as knowing the God of the Bible. Unfortunately this distinction is far too often overlooked and thus the text is approached rather haphazardly, as though it is of little consequence how one understands it so long as their answers fit the system they have aligned…

The Call to Re-Evangelize the West – Conclusion

Table of Contents Foreword Introduction Pt 1 – A Fractured Society Pt 2 – A Brave New World Pt 3 – Where Do We Go From Here Conclusion Conclusion Late in the Eighteenth century a young man by the name of William Carey began to decry the inactivity of the Church of his day in…

The Call to Re-Evangelize the West – Part Three

Table of Contents Foreword Introduction Pt 1 – A Fractured Society Pt 2 – A Brave New World Pt 3 – Where Do We Go From Here Conclusion Where Do We Go From Here: Specifics of a Missiological Paradigm Society as a whole is experiencing a time of crisis; a turning point in the course of…

The Call to Re-Evangelize the West – Part Two

Table of Contents Foreword Introduction Pt 1 – A Fractured Society Pt 2 – A Brave New World Pt 3 – Where Do We Go From Here Conclusion A Brave New World: Proposals for doing Ministry in a Fractured Society  How do we respond to the unique situation that we as a society now find ourselves in? …

The Call to Re-Evangelize the West – Part One

Table of Contents Foreword Introduction Pt 1 – A Fractured Society Pt 2 – A Brave New World Pt 3 – Where Do We Go From Here Conclusion A Fractured Society: The Necessity of Re-Evangelism So how have we come to this point in the history of western civilization? What has caused this fractured society…