Is violence ever a viable option for a Christian? I suppose most people will have one of these three responses; some will initially say yes, some will say no, and still others will wonder what I mean by violence and viable. A little background information may help to clarify the question for those in the … Continue reading The Kingdom Suffers Violence
I recently went on a road trip to visit a seminary in eastern Tennessee, and along the way something truly bizarre happened. Earlier in the week I heard reports that Toni Morrison had passed away, so in preparation for the trip I downloaded her novel Beloved. As I set out from my home in mid-western … Continue reading Beloved In Lexington
Spoiler Alert: If you have not seen the new Spider Man: Far From Home film this post contains many spoilers from throughout the movie. Spider Man: Far From Home struck a wonderful balance between traditional comic book elements and creative twists. I will discuss these later, but first I want to emphasize what I feel … Continue reading Far From Home, Close To Perfect
Barefoot, I stepped down into the freezing water. My six-year-old daughter Caroline held on tightly to my hand as she followed me into the baptistry of our church. I’ve baptized dozens of people since I entered full time ministry eight years ago, but there’s something dramatically different about baptizing your own child. I’ve taken this … Continue reading Of Water and the Spirit
If God's knowledge exists in such a way that he fully knows the joy and sorrow of every decision we could possibly make, then his choice to create and bear our suffering is a substitutionary act in itself.