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 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 →

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 →

Through a Glass, Darkly (Mark Ch.15)

The tearing of the Temple veil in two is one of my favorite moments in the Gospels... Hopefully this essay shows you why. The 15th Chapter of the Gospel of Mark contains the record of Christ’s trial by Pilate, beatings and humiliation, crucifixion, and ultimate death. These events are well-known—and it could be said that... Continue Reading →

Give Their Glory Unto Others (Mark Ch.12)

The problem with being a Bible school student is that God (and your professors) won't let you get away with just the surface interpretation of Scripture... You can't just surmise, "Oh, Jesus was definitely talking about the Pharisees here," and walk away. If your paper isn't personal yet, it probably isn't done! As John-Mark’s Gospel... Continue Reading →

Savory as Salt (Mark Ch.9)

The next in my series of papers from my Gospel of Mark class, this is not my most interesting paper... But what more can you say about a chapter in which the disciples repeatedly make the same mistakes you do every day? 🙂   Overshadowed by the glory of the revelation in the previous chapter,... Continue Reading →

The Bend in the Middle (Mark Ch.8)

As a professional writer, I always find it fascinating to study how the Bible is not only an inspired book but also a wonderfully well-written book. What's even more fascinating is that an understanding of literary structure often helps reveal the inspired author's true focus. The 8th chapter of Mark is no exception. By looking for the climax... Continue Reading →

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