THE THIRD MAN IN A THIRD WORLD COUNTRY: WHAT I LEARNED IN AFRICA

A little over three years ago I attended an evangelism conference that ended with a challenge for churches to embrace groups of people the International Mission Board (IMB) considers “unreached and unengaged.” This is the IMB’s way of saying that little to no believers exist within a respective regional group of people, largely because no one is trying […]

A SMILE AND A PIECE OF GRASS

Life, for me, has been busy lately. The kind of busy where every moment that you aren’t actively doing something makes you feel guilty, because it means that something isn’t getting done. This isn’t to complain. I love why I’m busy, but, still, being busy can start to wear on you sometimes. It keeps you from […]

AN UPDATE ON MY BLOGGING FREQUENCY

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you might have noticed that my posting frequency has dropped lately. I wanted to take a moment to share with you the reason why. A few years ago I was fortunate enough to be accepted into a research-based doctoral program, which means that the focus is more […]

NO SHOES, NO SHIRT, NO SERVICE: ANALYZING THE ALLEGED HATEFULNESS OF INTOLERANCE

The other day I walked into a local restaurant without a shirt or shoes on, and, can you believe it, they refused to serve me. They said that my lack of clothing was uncouth and inappropriate. Feeling dejected, I decided that I wanted to do something nice for someone in need, so I visited one of […]

LEAVE IT ALL BEHIND

The Lord led me to Luke 5 yesterday, verses one though eleven. A church member had asked me to read it because she thought it contained a verse she had cited in our conversation, but it turned out that it wasn’t the passage she was citing after all. Nonetheless, the Lord spoke to me through […]

“YOU’RE LUCKY. YOUR DAD LOVES YOU.”

When I was a kid, my grandmother happened to live right next to us. She had a large room on the side of her house that she turned into an apartment to rent out. I’ll never forget this man who once lived there with his two young sons. Even though I was young, I knew […]

THE POLITICALLY INCORRECT TRUTH ISIS TEACHES US ABOUT ISLAM

In a recent contribution in The Atlantic, Graeme Wood published a piece entitled, “What ISIS Really Wants.” It’s an enriching read, offering a crystalline examination of ISIS. Personally, it wasn’t until I read this particular piece that I truly understood the difference between ISIS and other Islamic terroristic organizations, like Al-Qaeda or Hamas. Before today I lumped such groups into the […]

A QUICK BLURB ON VACCINATIONS

Vaccinations are a hot topic right now, namely because of the measles outbreak in Disneyland. One interesting trend I’ve seen is that vaccinations should be legally mandated, meaning that it is against the law to not be vaccinated. But isn’t this logically inconsistent with the major mantra of our day? Think about it. It’s safe […]

MY FAVORITE BOOKS: #3

A couple of weeks ago I started a blog series that counted down the top five “most inspirational books” I had ever read. After sharing #5 and #4, it became clear to me that the phrase “most inspirational books” didn’t quite capture what this particular list means to me. I found that I had to […]

WHAT DOES HOMOSEXUALITY HAVE TO DO WITH ABORTION?

What does homosexuality have to do with abortion, besides the fact that they are two of the most vitriolic sins of our day? To answer this, we need to consider God’s very first command to Adam and Eve: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth” (Gen 1:28). Peter Enns calls this the “creation mandate,” and […]

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