Like a New Star: Gutenberg’s Bible, 1455

Allow me to indulge the history major in me and ramble about one of my favorite events in church and world history... Much study has been given to the tumultuous history of the canonization of the Bible. The controversial, often-violent process of finalizing which books and letters were recognized as Scripture lasted over three centuries,... Continue Reading →

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God’s Dewey Decimal System

“You can’t read a romance novel the same way you read a telephone book.” This statement was one of the most liberating theological statements I had ever heard in my life. Having been raised in the conservative Baptist circle, I had been taught that the Bible was one genre—a genre of which it was the... Continue Reading →

Pearls Before Swine

Of all the rules and regulations designed to shepherd writers into coherency, “know your audience” is perhaps the most paramount. An essay may be expertly researched, a song beautifully scored, and a movie stunningly edited, but if the final product is not conscious of its audience, the message will, at best, fall on deaf ears.... Continue Reading →

Empty Cisterns

The story of Pentecost (Acts 2) is fantastical in every sense of the word. Not only must this have been an absolutely terrifying and awe-inspiring display to witness, but this moment also changed the Kingdom of God forever. This wasn’t a one-time display, like Samson being filled with strength to commit his dying act of... Continue Reading →

The Woman Who Stole From God

“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” The original source of the above now-famous quote can be traced to Laurel Thatcher Ulrich in her book A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard, Based on Her Diary, 1785-1812. Ulrich was writing about “The Hidden Ones” (Cotton Mather, predecessor of the first Great Awakening): the quiet, pious women... Continue Reading →

Unbroken

Brokenness is not stress. Brokenness is not poverty and struggling to pay bills. Brokenness is not disease, illness, or death. Brokenness is not anxiety or depression. Brokenness is not reaping the fruits of past sins. Brokenness is not remorse. Brokenness is not shame. Brokenness is not guilt. Brokenness is not repaying debts or attempting to... Continue Reading →

The Wages of Revival

“Those hired at five o’clock came up and were each given a dollar. When those who were hired first saw that, they assumed they would get far more. But they got the same, each of them one dollar. Taking the dollar, they groused angrily to the manager, ‘These last workers put in only one easy... Continue Reading →

Listen

Listen Oh God, when I cry Listen Dear Lord, when I pray Listen From the depths From the dark From the hell where only Your touch can reach Listen * You reached down Come up higher And pulled me through Sit down here A battle no man could win A mountain no deer could scale... Continue Reading →

Make Room at the Table

I wrote this essay with my own church in mind, but the principle applies globally... Are you willing to make room at the table for everyone, or have you already culled your guest list? We are on the cusp of something great. It is being preached from the pulpit; you can hear it in the... Continue Reading →

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