I have the privilege of studying theology. I get a lot of joy from wrestling with scripture, dialoguing with voices from the past and present, and thinking about what it all means for us as we live our day-to-day lives following Jesus. Recently I've been wrestling with Romans 5, where the early Church leader Paul … Continue reading I Hope Everyone Will Be Saved by Jesus (or I am Not Grieved by the Idea of Universalism)
Recently I read an interview with the Reformed/Calvinist American theologian R.C. Sproul. He made a statement which puzzled me and stirred up my thinking. Dr. Sproul said "I haven't changed my theology over the years. I just teach the same things now I did 50 years ago." Really? "Is that even possible?" asks the early … Continue reading Should Our Views About God Change Over Time?
Jesus is the great parable teacher the mountain sermon preacher the firstborn of all creatures This is who he is. Jesus is the great God-man the fulfillment of a divine plan the healer of the land This is who he is. Jesus is the great Lord of all the man responsible for evil's downfall as … Continue reading Who is Jesus? (An Attempt at Poetry)
"Read your Bible!" they say. "It is essential to the Christian life. Read it, study it, memorize it, meditate upon it and let it be your guide...But do not read it for knowledge. Rather, read it to get to know the Author. We read the word to get to know the Word. Knowledge puffs up! … Continue reading 3 Reasons We Should Read the Bible for Knowledge
My parents never encouraged my brothers and me to join Harry Potter mania. I loyally avoided the movies and dodged the books (except for a short period of clandestine disobedience in which I read the first few books under the cover of darkness). To many of you this may seem pretty silly. What is wrong … Continue reading Should Christians Read or Watch Harry Potter? My Journey with Harry and Jesus.
One of the definitions of the word feminist is: "the belief that women and men should have equal rights and opportunities." Does this describe God? My mom was a pastor for 13 years. Did God have a problem with that? Is what she did contrary to the teachings of the Bible? I have been exposed … Continue reading Is God a Feminist? A Response to Male Only Leadership in the Church
"He's scared of what he doesn't know," he tersely stated without emotion. "Most people are," I replied. I know I used to be. I suppose I still am. I used to go into a room. An empty room where I could think. I would let all of my safe, comfortable ideas rest there and proceed … Continue reading What If’s, Stale Rooms and An Open Mind
I recall my law teacher in high school once telling my class something along the lines of, "You should be very cautious about making any major decision before age 25." Yet here I am at 19, an engaged man. The average Canadian groom is about 31 when he gets married. Why did I get engaged … Continue reading Why I Decided To Get Engaged At 19