Thoughts On Discerning God’s Will for Your Life

Ease of circumstances does not confirm divine calling.  Not necessarily. In seeking God in prayer for ten years about whether or not I should pursue doctoral studies in the United Kingdom, I found myself indeterminately waiting for the seemingly impossible circumstances to dramatically change, thereby signifying that I was indeed on the right path.  In…

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Faith Without Illusions at Jesus Creed

I am just so grateful for Scot McKnight’s willingness to make posts on each chapter of Faith Without Illusions.  His comments and summations at Jesus Creed are so helpful even for me to read.  Access to the perspective of a senior writer and scholar on one’s work is quite a privilege.  If you want to…

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A minister’s nightmare… and brewing a cup of coffee in England

Had a nightmare the other night.  I had been asked by a dear friend, whose ministry I deeply respect, to preach to his congregation and a group of other ministry leaders.  I showed up on the scene, bedraggled and worn down from a hard move to England.  There had been no time to prepare for…

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A New Blog…

I am announcing that there is a new blog out there you may want to check out.  My wife, Miranda, has begun writing about our lives in England while she works for a local church and while I work on a PhD.  The blog is Twice (she will explain the title eventually).  I will be…

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E N G L A N D (and witing about “boredom” from an exciting place)

I am having a cappuccino.  The coffee shop is situated on the banks of a river.  A stone-paved pedestrian street is below from my view at the window.  Looking up, I see the parapets of an old castle silhouetting the blue of sky. Ok, I admit that I just wrote an article warning against serving…

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Article at Relevant on Radical Christianity

The folks at Relevant were kind enough post something I wrote on the idea of radical Christianity.  Please note that I am NOT trying to attack David Platt or his excellent book Radical.  The article just offers some warnings as we pursue Jesus with all our heart, mind and strength. I drew on two previous…

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Screened (And the Scandalous Act of Reading Ink on a Page)

Screens.  Mounted on the walls of our living rooms, clutched within our palms, resting on our laps, suspended by cables in airports and restaurants—we are a “screened” society.  The glow, the gloss, the glimmering titillation—a screen is an optical vortex.  Our attention is ever sucked screen-ward.  Converse with someone within visual range of a screen,…

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