Christianity and Politics

(Note: This post is adapted from a talk Joel gave November 1st, 2015 at Mountain Brook Community Church)   People are losing their minds over the disaster that is otherwise knows as US presidential politics. You mean, you haven’t noticed? Unfortunately, among those whose reason and sense have flown out the window, are Christians. In…

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On Ash Wednesday

As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. For he knows our frame; he remembers that we are dust. Psalm 103:13-14   Expectations are everything. “Oh yeah. He’s three” is a expectation adjustment that we need often in the Busby home. I have a three year…

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My PhD thesis… coming soon in SNTS

I brought home the bound copy of my doctoral thesis over a year ago just after my viva. When I placed it on the kitchen table—253 pages of A4—my wife made this observation: “That is the most expensive book we own.” So right. I have paid for many books in my life. Never will I…

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10

Summer of 2015 marked 10 years since some nice folks at a church in San Antonio, Texas called on the phone, and to my surprise, offered me the opportunity to serve in my first full time ministerial position. Here are some random simple things I’ve learned, in no particular order. 1. Good teaching notes. In…

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Dear Christian Radio, I Love/Hate You

Post originally appeared at Missio Alliance’s Writing Collective on December 29, 2015. Dear Christian Radio, I don’t listen to you often, but when I do I must admit I don’t always not like what I hear. I mean there are times when I’m looking to just fill my aural space with the safety and ease…

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Incarnation as Incursion, The Christ-Birth as Assault

    Christmas is marked by an aesthetic of beauty and wonder. Our home is decked with strings of sparkly stars. There are real pine cones interspersing the garland along the wooden stair rails, and our glowing tree is (arguably) the best on the street. But that tree is actually dead. “Dead as a doornail,”…

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And the Worst of 4 Years: My Greatest Challenges while Studying and Living in England

[For the more pleasant side of this tale, see the previous post on the greatest joys on life and and study in England] I took this pic before I knew the word “selfie.” I wanted to remember the particular moment of intense prayer and wrestling experienced on this hike. I was on the Dingle Peninsula….

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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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Our Chaos

“The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:2 The second verse of the Bible is profoundly mysterious. Dark, formless, nothingness was all there was. Scholars have identified this language as the language…

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