Last spring, I took a New Testament survey class of the gospels. The most memorable lesson for me was my professor’s commentary on Luke 1, where elderly Zechariah and Elizabeth learn of their pregnancy with John the Baptist. Dr. Cook encouraged our class to see from this passage that God’s delays are not God’s denials—even if … More God’s Delays Are Not God’s Denials
One of Jesus’ well known “I am” statements is found in John 15:1 where Jesus tells his disciples that he is the true vine. What does that mean? Jesus explains the analogy over the next few verses. In John 15:5, we read, “I am the true vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” … More The Loving Prayers of the True Vine Community
If you’re like me, you’ve been told that there is no point in trying to repay God for everything he has given us. In fact, why would you even think about doing such a thing? … More How Will I Repay the Lord for All His Goodness Towards Me?
What was God doing before he created anything? We profess that the only thing (being) that has always existed is God. There was a time beginning in eternity past when all there was was God. At this point, God was not yet Creator. He was not yet Savior or Redeemer. He was not Helper … More Following the Example of the Missional Community of the Trinity
If your student experience is anything like mine, you know how frustrating it can be to realize that 4 hours have gone by and that you got nothing (or pretty much nothing) done as you sat during what was supposed to be your “morning of productivity.” You might also be familiar with the drowning feeling … More Organize Your School Work: Create a Reading Schedule
The Christian message is a message that proclaims the true depths of death.
First, we understand that we earned death for ourselves when, following the example of Adam, we refused to trust and obey the voice of God. The fist that we raised towards our Creator returned to us with the only verdict we could expect … More The Death that Died and the Life We Live
Classes start next week, which is why I just finished creating my reading schedule for the semester (don’t laugh). I had the three important ingredients to create a helpful reading schedule: 1) Time, 2) Excel, 3) Syllabi. It’s one thing to peruse a syllabus, it’s another entirely different thing to carefully consider the details of … More Why We Should Be Thankful for Syllabus Shock