August, 2009

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Monthly Archives: August 2009

A Few Thoughts on the Story of Joseph

I recently re-read the story of Joseph in Genesis (chapters 37-50) in preparation to teach it. Those fourteen chapters have always had a special place in my heart. And yet, reading them again gave me new insights and reconfirmed past insights. Here are a few random thoughts from my brain: God is sovereign AND we

Prominent Atheist Criticizes Richard Dawkins

From what I can tell, Michael Ruse seems to be an interesting person—the kind of person with whom you’d love to have a long, wide-ranging conversation over coffee. He’s currently a philosopher of biology at Florida St. University, having served as full time philosophy professor for 45 years. Writing a recent guest column for,

Are American Christians Becoming Hindus?

Christians are not exactly becoming Hindus but, according to Lisa Miller in Newsweek, they are becoming like Hindus in how they view religious truth. “The Rig Veda, the most ancient Hindu scripture, says this: “Truth is One, but the sages speak of it by many names.” A Hindu believes there are many paths to God.

A Prayerful Meditation on Luke 18:35-43

Reading along in The Crossing’s Bible Reading Plan, today I came across Luke 18:35-43— As [Jesus] drew near to Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. And hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what this meant. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” And he cried out, “Jesus, Son

Being God’s Masks and A Reason to Keep Going

Most of us are habitual people. We have our schedules, our normal wake up times, our regular meetings. We see the same people at social functions or our kids’ ball games. If we’re not careful, routine begins to define our lives. Maybe you’re different than me, and I’m not saying that I don’t like a

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

How can we come to a richer understanding of God’s love for us as Christians? Paul’s letter to the Ephesians goes a long way toward that goal. Consider first what the apostle writes at the beginning of chapter two: As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used

The Wrong Way to Read History and Why You Need a Bible Reading Plan

I love reading all kinds of history. One of my favorite books this summer was Hunting Eichmann by Neil Bascomb. The book summarizes the atrocities of Nazi leader Adolf Eichmann during WW2, follows his escape to Argentina as the allies closed in on Berlin, and then leads you on an almost 20 year hunt for

Julie & Julia

Here’s another film tip for you—go see Julie & Julia. It’s currently showing at the Hollywood Theaters, although probably not for much longer. So see it soon. Jeannette and I went to see it last night, and both of us agreed that it was one of the most enjoyable films we’ve seen in a long

A Sin You May Be Hiding

Keith’s sermon yesterday really caused me to consider the things in my life that I’ve been content to let slip. I hope it did something similar to you. If you didn’t get the chance to hear it, I recommend it highly (you can podcast it on iTunes……or check out our website and find it there…

Voices in the Public Square

I’m thankful that, amidst the boisterous conversation in the public square, there are many compelling voices that are shaped by and encouraging to Christian faith commitments. This week I wanted to draw your attention to a few recent articles I’ve found helpful in thinking through current hot button issues as well as the larger, ongoing