Principles & Patterns in Acts

Reading Time: 4 minutesI am currently taking a course on the role of the book of Acts in informing the church. As a part of that I am to write a series of essays, and see no reason why I cannot publish them here for your amusement. The ask for this particular essay was “Write a one-to-two page […]

Theology Through Music

Reading Time: 8 minutesSinging-worship on Sunday morning is a difficult time for me to worship; I have a tendency to let my mind wander and not focus on the Object of our worship. I used to blame it on seven-eleven songs,1 musical arrangements built for vocal acrobats, or skinny-jean worship leaders. As I’ve matured a little, I’ve realized […]

Speaking Truth in Love

Reading Time: 10 minutesLately our young adult group at church has been doing an in-depth study of the book of Ephesians, and I’ve been struck by a particular passage: But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head — Christ. From Him the whole body, fitted and knit together by every […]

Give a Mouse a Cookie…

Reading Time: 3 minutesThis last year at work at that-corporation-which-shall-not-be-named has been one of the most challenging ones yet. Without going in to too many details, I’ve been helping lead architecture on a multi-million dollar project with over 100 teams involved in some way. It’s been nuts. An average day is 7-8 straight hours of virtual meetings followed by updating […]

Why do we post on Facebook?

Reading Time: 3 minutesEarlier this evening I had the opportunity to lie back, close my eyes, and listen to some music. No videos, no distractions, just the music. As I lay there, it occurred to me that simply enjoying music (or art, for that matter) is not something that we do often. The very next thought that popped […]

The Philosopher’s Prayer

Reading Time: 3 minutesWhile the word “Philosopher” may bring images of madmen and ivory-towered intellectuals to mind, the term originally meant “lover of wisdom.”1 I am not a professional “Philosopher” in the modern sense, but I do love wisdom, and the prayer later on in this post is an outpouring of that love. Before I enter into writing […]

Of Pharisees and Tax Collectors

Reading Time: 2 minutesFrom some of the stuff I’ve seen on Facebook recently, the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector came to mind. To save you the time of looking it up, I’ve posted it below: “Two men went up to the temple complex to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee took […]

How should the Modern Church use Acts?

Reading Time: 4 minutesThis post stems out of a course assignment I received as part of a “Leadership” course that I’m currently re-taking. Currently the discussion is around drawing principles from Acts. The readings were “Acts – The Problem of Historical Precedent” by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart, and “A Look Through Three Lenses” by Gene Getz. While the assignment was originally […]

Wanted: 13 Dwarves and a Wizard

Reading Time: 2 minutesLast week I finally went with my family to see the third “Hobbit” movie- the Battle of Five armies. I am not a film critic (nor do I ever desire to be one), but I had a thoroughly good time. While the movie was nearly two and a half hours long, it never felt like it […]

Game Ethics

Reading Time: 2 minutes[avatar user=”John” size=”thumbnail” align=”left” /] I play a lot of videogames. Too many. At times it has reached a very unhealthy level, but that’s not the reason I mention it today. The reason that I mention it is that I’d like to call out a few games: The first one is a game called “Divinity: Dragon […]