Grace and Fairness

Read the story of Noah this morning. And in the story it says, “Noah found favor in the sight of the LORD.” In the middle of all kinds of human depravity and wickedness, Moses somehow found favor, grace, in God’s sight. When reading stories like Noah’s we tend to put in all the reasons thatContinue reading “Grace and Fairness”

Thoughts on Prometheus

I saw Prometheus on Tuesday.  The motivation for the protagonist in the film is to discover where humanity came from.  This search leads them to an earthlike planet, where things then go horribly, horribly wrong.  The acting was fine, the special effects were amazing, the premise was interesting.  Prometheus is one more story that triesContinue reading “Thoughts on Prometheus”

Why Are We So Afraid?

The other day I was thinking about the various things that the Church is crying out against in American society.  I talked with someone about a documentary he wanted me to watch about the rise of Islam, and he said, “it’s scary, scary stuff.”  That has just stuck with me. Why are we so afraid?Continue reading “Why Are We So Afraid?”

God Particle

Has your kid ever asked why is there stuff? If not then you are pretty lucky because that’s a pretty difficult question to answer. As a Christian I believe that everything had it’s origin in God.  But why is there matter and stuff and why does that stuff matter, that’s where things get complicated. ScientistsContinue reading “God Particle”

Stewardship [or] All About (all) the Benjamins

I am currently working on a series of sermons about Stewardship.  As a pastor, when I use the word stewardship the common assumption is that I’m going to talk about money.  If I say, I’m doing a series on stewardship, people hear, “Here come four week talking about money, give more, give more, give more.”Continue reading “Stewardship [or] All About (all) the Benjamins”

Colbert, Maron, Suffering, Faith, and Comedy.

As I’ve stated before, I’m working on a chapter for my thesis that examines Stephen Colbert and The Colbert Report.  I cam across an article from Rolling Stone and Colbert Talked about losing and finding his faith again, and I thought I should share this.  So here: Did you ever go through a period whereContinue reading “Colbert, Maron, Suffering, Faith, and Comedy.”

___________ Christian

I have a friend who identifies himself as a reformed Christian. This is a new development in his faith journey, and he is very excited about all the implications of the Gospel, the Sovereignty of God, and all that amazing stuff. There is nothing wrong with the reformed tradition in my understanding of the tradition.Continue reading “___________ Christian”

Assurance vs. Certainty

I had a fun twitter debate (tweebate?) with my ol’ college pal Matt (@ireadtheology). I posted this: “There is a difference between assurance and certainty. Assurance requires faith. Certainty does not.” This verse is part of what inspired the above statement: Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what weContinue reading “Assurance vs. Certainty”

Matt Chandler – Faith and Boldness

I know everyone in the young pastor blog-o-twitter-sphere has already posted this video.  But I had some things to say too so I’m joining the party. Matt Chandler is the teaching pastor at Village Church in Dallas Texas.  As the video explains he had a brain tumor, we don’t know if it’s caner or not,Continue reading “Matt Chandler – Faith and Boldness”