Talking Back: A Guide for Fighting Demons

In his powerful book, Live No Lies, John Mark Comer introduces us to the work of Evagrius of Pontus. Evagrius was a 4th century monk and author of a number of texts on spiritual formation, especially the formation of the mind. One such work is titled, Antirrhetikos, or Talking Back. In Talking Back, Evagrius laysContinue reading “Talking Back: A Guide for Fighting Demons”

Biblical Manhood

A common argument in the Twittersphere is over the notion of manhood. What is a man? What is the difference between healthy and toxic masculinity? How does the Bible’s view of men differ from the world’s view? Blah, blah, blah . . . To be honest, this conversation was part of why I took anContinue reading “Biblical Manhood”

God, Guns, and Sacrifice

With the recent tragedies and mass shootings in the news, guns and gun control are hot topics again, at least until the national consciousness moves on to the next outrage. I confess I am tempted to give me two cents about what should be done to curb our national obsession with violence. Yet do weContinue reading “God, Guns, and Sacrifice”

A Most Practical Idea

As a theologian, I am well aware that there are some debates and some questions that simply have no practical purpose. “How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?” “Can God create a rock so heavy that even He cannot move it?” Questions like these can rattle around in your noggin, butContinue reading “A Most Practical Idea”

Idols in the Church Part 1: Anger

Be appalled, O heavens, at this;     be shocked, be utterly desolate, declares the Lord, for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me,     the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves,     broken cisterns that can hold no water. Jeremiah 2:12-13 English Standard Version The Bible makes clear that we have an idolatry problem. FundamentalContinue reading “Idols in the Church Part 1: Anger”

The Cross as Coronation

The following is adapted from a sermon I preached at Greencastle Christian Church on September 25, 2021. Let me begin by saying something that might be a little controversial. The gospel is political. Let me say that again, the gospel is political. I am not saying that Jesus is a Republican or a Democrat orContinue reading “The Cross as Coronation”

Dealing with Doubt

Last night my son comes out of his bedroom. I could tell by the look on his face that he was anxious about something. He had been reading in his Bible and came across a difficult story in the Book of Acts that left him shaken and, in his words, “questioning everything.” The story inContinue reading “Dealing with Doubt”

Normalize Boredom

With my men’s group, we have been working our way through Rich Villodas’ book, The Deeply Formed Life. In his book, Villodas explores five areas in which Christians in America especially need the transformative work of King Jesus in our lives as well as spiritual disciplines that help us grow in these areas. Time preventsContinue reading “Normalize Boredom”

The Way of Suffering

Through 2021, the church in which I serve has been preaching through the Gospel of Mark in a sermon series titled, The Way. You can catch up on that series here. Below is the transcript of the sermon I preached for that series on September 12, 2021. Now some of you know parts of myContinue reading “The Way of Suffering”

Church for Sale

As I sit down to write this, it is a little past lunch time here. Choosing where to eat for lunch can get a bit overwhelming at times, especially when you have a group of people all trying to choose together. Everyone has different tastes, different food allergies, and different tolerances with regard to price.Continue reading “Church for Sale”