College was something of a crisis of faith for me. I was basically a fundamentalist when I left high school. After planning on a career in space physics and applying to schools based on this plan, by the time I needed to decide which college to attend I had felt a call to ministry that I could no … Read more about My “Secret Agent” Spiritual Guide
Yesterday I preached on Jesus' transfiguration at Three Chopt Presbyterian Church here in Richmond. My focus was on the relationship between Peter's doctrinal confession at Caesarea Philippi and his experience of Jesus' transfiguration soon thereafter. (Contrasting doctrine and experience is … Read more about St. Peter’s Selfie
Every mainline Protestant institution---churches, denominations, seminaries, publishing houses, parachurch ministries, non-profit organizations---has been dealing with decline for decades. Increasingly, this is becoming the norm for evangelical institutions as well. I routinely find myself in … Read more about Managing Decline or Pruning the Tree?
Though I've seen it twice, have included it in pretty much every evangelism talk I've given since the full trailer came out in October, and used it to open the sermon I preached yesterday, I've managed to not blog about The Force Awakens in the three weeks since it opened. It's time to fix that. … Read more about There Is an Awakening
The final Republican debate of 2015 is on CNN tonight. The topics are national security and global terrorism. Considering the way the leading GOP candidates are vying for the votes of evangelicals, I would love for Wolf Blitzer to ask them some questions that connect their professed Christian faith … Read more about What Would Jesus Ask? #GOPDebate
In the wake of the San Bernardino terror attack, there has been an intensified discussion about Muslims becoming "radicalized." There is an ongoing debate about whether or not we should say that the United States is at war with "radical Islam." Yesterday a leading candidate for President of the … Read more about Radicalized Christianity
Today Seth Godin has a great post about how we end things. Quitting slowly doesn't serve you well. At work or in anything else you do, people will remember how you ended things. All in, then out is the responsible way to participate and to end that participation. Too often, we seduce ourselves … Read more about Ending Gracefully
I was in a funk last week. I think a variety of things contributed to it, but one of them was certainly the seemingly endless barrage of bad news our world has experienced lately. In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris last month someone at the seminary asked me if there is an evangelism … Read more about I Need Good News