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.
It's true what they say, hiding something in plain sight is an extremely effective method of concealment. We rarely question things that seem to be on display for all to see. Throughout history, this has worked wonders for inconvenient truths and national embarrassments. During Marine Corps basic training I was taught stories about heroic marines … Continue reading Shores of Tripoli: The Attempted Cover-up of a National Disgrace
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. - Isaiah 53:4 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. - … Continue reading The Prodigal’s Substitute, Part 3
As the floods of praise and condemnation for David Bentley Hart's recent New York Times Op-Ed on socialism flowed through my twitter timeline in equal portions, I made up my mind to finally sit down and read it. By the end of the first paragraph I could not help but ask myself, who was this … Continue reading Should We “Relax About Socialism?”