Good Friday

When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:30 Sometimes I imagine a simple conversation between Jesus and all of us. Jesus: “It is finished.” Us: “What is finished?” Jesus: “Everything.” Us: “But you don’t know what I’ve done.” Jesus:…

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Panicky Self-Preservation, Being a Dad, etc.

Mandy and I have a 6-month old son. He’s our first child. It’s been an amazing experience. It’s certainly cliché, but we are learning a lot about our God, ourselves, and the Gospel in the process. Things changed when our little Henry began to recognize his bottle. When he is hungry, he panics a bit….

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Deuteronomy, the Devil, Jesus and my Kids

[Note: The following is taken from the draft of my forthcoming book ‘TheoMedia’…]   Jesus quoted Deuteronomy more than any other Old Testament book. I was recently reading to my two oldest kids from Jesus’ temptation scene in Luke’s Gospel and decided I would inspire them with this: “when Jesus was assaulted by evil, he…

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Fact vs. Fiction

“Fact vs Fiction” had apparently been a teaching topic for my two oldest little kids at school. They were telling me about it… “Fact is, like, real.  But fiction is not real.  Fiction is stuff that’s not true.” I took offense. “You mean,” I asked, “fiction is not true at all?” “No, Dad, of course…

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Roman Soldiers, Jesus, & Heroic Little Boys

My 4-yr old son was playing with a forbidden set of toys this morning before I left the house.  They are forbidden by his big brother because they are his personal property, his collection of toy Roman soldiers.  There are figurines of Augustus Caesar—august and fierce with sword drawn—and a couple of centurions, armed 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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Captivated and Captured by Gospel Theology

I cannot get enough of it.  Theology.  I am willingly drowning in it.  I lose sleep over it.  I am sacrificing a great deal of money to learn more of it.  The “tolle lege” that rang in Augustine’s ear echoes in mine.  And the more I take up and read, the more intrigued, mystified, entranced…

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Halloween… and the Cosmic Violence of the Gospel

This is the day that Evil gets festive press.  Halloween caricatures Evil, dressing it up rather innocuously in ghostly face paint, plastic masks, fake fangs.  This is the day when it is okay to play-act as the terrifying mythical entities that, as we rationally explain to our kids, do not actually haunt the closet space. …

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