The Best of Four Years: A list for 2011–2015

As referenced in the last post, I feel as though my family and I are emerging from a season in such a way that we can look back and recognize the past four years do indeed amount to a particular season. Our lives in England continue, of course, but the strange and wonderful era of…

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It’s been 4 years… (of good and bad, but mostly good)

I essentially abandoned blogging after my PhD viva in October. Something had to give, I suppose, and I am thankful to my co-bloggers Joel and “Brez” for keeping things somewhat alive here at HR. Starting a new job which  has required starting a new academic route for “Free Church” folks at an Anglican seminary has…

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New Testament Studies at Durham… New Strengths

In spite of the horrific costs of postgraduate study in the UK, I am so pleased that Durham is where I have ended up.  I am biased, of course.  But bias might actually be a criterion for truthfulness—sometimes the only accurate portrayals are not the “objective” views from outsiders, but the subjective view from insiders….

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On NOT being a Minister

It is Sunday morning, and I have no sermon to preach and no Bible Study to prepare.  I will attend church, but I will not be expected to serve Communion or set up mid-week pastoral appointments.  I have no mailbox to check in the church office.  I have nothing to print out, no copies to…

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When Salvation Hurts

[For the IVP Authors’ Lenten Blog Tour] God’s rescue operations can feel like assault operations. At times, it is hard to distinguish between salvation and affliction. A sea was parted for my family about a year and half ago. After ten years of collecting airline mileage points in hopes of me doing a PhD program…

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My Last Sermon in America

This blog title sounds a bit “epic,” huh? Preaching at Mountain Brook Community Church on July 17, 2011, however, was actually quite monumental for me (even though it was probably not very epic for anyone else… and that is okay). The text I was assigned (The first part of Philippians 3) was providential.  The preceding…

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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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Ezra as a model for those who would teach Scripture

“…Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of YHWH, and to do it, and to teach his statues and rules in Israel” (Ezra 7:10).  I want to teach the Bible.  I am moving to England in 3 weeks for further training to this end.  The venture is so costly in every way—emotionally, logistically,…

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The Dangers of “Radical” Continued… Spiritualized Escapism

For those of you following the blog, I apologize for the hiatus in new posts.  My wife and I have been on a sobering, fast-paced trip to England.  We are moving there in early August in the face of extraordinary obstacles but with a nagging, unyielding sense of calling.  The plan (which we have been…

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The Un-Romance of “Radical”

I work with college students in Birmingham, AL.  Many of them sit under David Platt’s teaching, and have read his book, Radical. I have also read it.  I am so appreciative of David’s ministry in our city, so impressed by what God is up to at the church he leads down the road from my…

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