The Power of Story

A story is a powerful thing. It can bring us to tears, have us cheer with joy, and move us to do mighty things. Pixar is dedicated to telling the best stories. And with their latest movie, Inside Out, they remain true to that passion.
Category: Reflection

The Failure of Sons in the Book of Samuel

Family lineage does not fare well in the book of Samuel. Sons fail to live up to the reputation and faithfulness of their fathers. In the book of Samuel, we see several times in which the nation cannot put her trust in these sons.
Category: Old Testament

How Gnosticism Shapes the Christian Story

Gnosticism is the first serious heresy to infect the early Church. By facing this false teaching, the Church reaffirmed what they believed and why they believe it.
Category: Church History

The Spiritual Battle between Yahweh and Dagon

Three Old Testament stories from Judges and 1 Samuel point to a greater battle between Yahweh and the Philistine god Dagon. And in these stories, Yahweh vanquishes his foe handily.
Category: Old Testament

Living a New Life in the Midst of the Old

The resurrection of Jesus changes things. For the Christian, it means we are to live a new life, while in the midst of the old.
Category: Reflection

Hannah’s Prayer: A Hymn of Cosmic Praise

Hannah's prayer is a celebration of God’s faithfulness in her life by giving her a son. But, more importantly, it is a powerful psalm of praise to the cosmic God who is faithful to his people. This prayer properly sets the stage for the rest of the narrative in 1 Samuel.
Category: Old Testament

Two Brief Summaries of 2,000 Years of Church History

There is a wealth of information in studying church history. Two prominent church historians have provided a concise yet thorough summary of church history.
Category: Church History

The Failures of Dan and the Grandson of Moses

At the end of the book of Judges, we see the failures of an entire tribe, as well as the failure of the grandson of Moses.
Category: Old Testament

How George Whitefield’s Preaching Shapes the Christian Story

George Whitefield is one of the greatest evangelists in church history. Here's how his preaching continues to shape the Christian story.
Category: Church History

My Reflection on Pastors and Science Conference

This past week I attended a conference on Pastors and Science. Here are my reflections on that conference.
Category: Culture