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Overthinking Christian

Our scope here is to rattle evangelical norms that threaten biblical norms (as well as pretend we are smarter and more "spiritual" than we actually are).

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Ten Problems Plaguing Modern Christianity

Let’s Talk About Sin: Is Sin Natural?

Discussing sin as being a part of our humanity is very prevalent. We find it in secular media as well as in the church. For example, when someone is horrified by a mass shooting, they might talk about the horrors... Continue Reading →

A Timely Prayer by Clement of Rome

We beseech thee, Master, to be our helper and protector. Save the afflicted among us; have mercy on the lowly; raise up the fallen; appear to the needy; heal the ungodly;

Summer Reading: Favorite Resources on Paul (2020)

Not all my summers look the same, but this summer I was privileged to read a lot of new books. I will be releasing a series of lists of some of the books that stood out, and will be starting... Continue Reading →

Is the Bible “Bloody, Brutal, & Barbaric?” (Part II)

How are Christians to approach troubling passages in the Old Testament, the so-called "texts of terror?" What are we to make of the conquests done by God’s own people in the Old Covenant, and in the name of God? And... Continue Reading →

Divorce & Remarriage: What Did Jesus Mean & Teach?

Few topics suck the air out of a room like the question of divorce and remarriage. And yet questions surrounding divorce and remarriage are not going anywhere anytime soon--questions such as “Are divorce and remarriage permitted for believers?" and "Are... Continue Reading →

The Church, Technology, & Pastoring During COVID-19: Introducing Jay Kim

I had the great honor of asking Jay Kim a few questions about his latest book Analog Church (foreword by Scot McKnight) which I highly recommend. We talk about the nature and calling of the church, navigating through a hyper-technological and... Continue Reading →

Joel Osteen, The Gospel, & Human Suffering

Joel Osteen, The Gospel, & Human Suffering In December I began reading through the latest book by Joel Osteen, The Power of Favor. The pastor of one of the largest megachurches in America, Osteen is no stranger to controversy. I am... Continue Reading →

“What is Idolatry? Was Samson a Hero? What about the Conquests?” Approaching Judges

(Below is part 1 of my review on David Beldman's 2020 commentary on Judges in the Two Horizons Commentary series, a series I have long come to greatly appreciate and respect.) Judges is a rather dark and gloomy narrative about... Continue Reading →

John Stott in a Polarized Age

What is discipleship? What should our posture be toward Catholics? Toward Muslims? What about our call to be peaceful in an age of nuclear warfare? What is the relationship between "good news" and "good works?" These and other questions are... Continue Reading →

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