Theologically-minded people get cynical. This is to our shame. One of the worst places that this cynicism shows up is in corporate worship as we sing songs to God. I know because I experience this personally on a weekly basis. I get critical about what we sing, and I hear my friends talk about it, too. But … Continue reading "Stop Hating on Worship"
Quite a while ago, I mentioned a few books I thought might be good to share. If you missed that, you really should go back and read the suggestions. But now, over two years and many books later, I have some more to offer. The target audiences for these books might be somewhat diverse, so just go with it until … Continue reading "More Books Worth Reading"
These are just the quick notes I took on the Tower of Babel incident while reading through Genesis 10-11 this morning. The motivation for the tower of Babel is interesting. The one people wanted to unite in glory in resistance to God’s intention to bless the earth through their filling and diversification. It appears there was … Continue reading "Very Short Thoughts on the Tower of Babel"
This is an essay that I wrote for my British literature class last semester. I figure someone might find it interesting. Or a good laugh. Either way. I Lay Down My Life for Edmund: Atonement Theology in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe “When a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in … Continue reading "Narnia and the Cross (An Essay for British Lit)"
I just got through the Spiritual Formation 101 course at the Baptist College of Florida. It was a good and useful course, which has, in combination with a few other factors, actually done wonders for my devotional life and prayer life. I was, however, disappointed that in all of our discussions on prayer, meditation, and Scripture reading the … Continue reading "You Should Really All Know About Lectio Divina"
I am not an angry person. For the most part, I just deal with people and don’t worry about their nonsense, shenanigans, rudeness, or offenses. When I do think about these things, it’s usually analytically, thinking about the wider patterns in society of which they are a part, and about any theological issues involved. I already digress, though, … Continue reading "One of the Few Things That Can Make Me Angry"
My devotional reading has recently taken me through 1 John. I found some things in the book particularly edifying and decided the thoughts they inspired might be worth sharing. So here are my lightly edited notes straight from my journal. (After this, you should totally reread 1 John if you haven’t done it in a while, because … Continue reading "Notes on 1 John"
I was doing some research the other day on monasticism and ran across the Prayer Foundation. They have an order of lay monks, the Knights of Prayer, except these monks are evangelical Protestants who use terms like “born again” and “Sinner’s Prayer” without blushing. So that’s cool. But anyway, I only bring them up to point … Continue reading "A Lovely Morning Prayer"
One of my favorite books, which I discovered last year, is Evangelical Theology: An Introduction by Karl Barth (pronounced “Bart,” by the way). I got the book because I expected it to be an introduction to the theology of Barth, which is altogether interesting. That’s not what it was, as I found out, but I suppose that … Continue reading "Karl and Me: What Life is Like as a Theologian"
Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints. Ephesians 6:18 As I mentioned a few posts ago, I’m in college again (yay!), specifically the Baptist College of Florida. One of the classes I’m taking here is Spiritual Formation … Continue reading "Learning a Reflex of Prayer"