Authentically Engaged

Authentically Engaged   As Christ ascended skyward into the heavens, he left his apostles with over three years of ministry experience, a central commandment to follow, and in awestruck wonder. Christ did not give his apostles a ten step program in how to develop the Early Church. No true structure was in place for leadership, […]

Penal Substitution and Divine Child Abuse

Penal Substitution and Divine Child Abuse Illustration by Casey Dayton Certain doctrines are more liable to critique and controversy than others. Doctrines like the love of God are generally accepted and affirmed by virtually every theologian, albeit with variations. Other doctrines engender more complexity and a variegated range of views, perspectives, or are sometimes outright […]

The Humanity of Jesus: Interview with J.R. Daniel Kirk

The Humanity of Jesus: Interview with J.R. Daniel Kirk   J. R. Daniel Kirk has recently published a book on the humanity of Jesus entitled, A Man Attested by God: The Human Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels. As of lately, many scholars have argued that the earliest Gospels (Synoptics) present a preexistent Jesus who performs his […]

The Beautiful Chaos

The Beautiful Chaos   From our birth until our final breath, we live between beauty and chaos. Life often throws us chaotic curve balls that take us off guard. As humans it’s our natural inclination to be shocked and afraid when we are pulled into the tide of chaos….. A few months ago I found […]

Human Faith and God’s Faithfulness

Human Faith and God’s Faithfulness    “Leap of faith – yes, but only after reflection” ― Søren Kierkegaard “There is meaning in every journey that is unknown to the traveler” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer Faith is the act of trusting God, even when we cannot see or understand exactly what this may mean for our lives […]

Honoring Leaders: Clint Albao

Honoring Leaders: Clint Albao   I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. And the life that I now live in my body, I live by faith, indeed, by the faithfulness of God’s Son, who loved me and gave himself for me. ~ Saint Paul written to […]

Peter’s Misunderstanding of Jesus

Peter’s Misunderstanding of Jesus   One of the most well known stories in the New Testament is the story of Peter’s denial of Jesus during Jesus’ trial before the Jewish council.  The backstory is just as well known.  At the eve of Jesus’ arrest, Jesus and his entourage are enjoying Passover.  There was much eating […]

Jesus and His Surprising Story Against Nationalism

Jesus and His Surprising Story Against Nationalism   Imagine if you heard someone saying, “Jesus only cares about his own Jewish people, he does not care about the outsiders, those who are dogs and unholy. He does not care about any other country or people group such as, _________, (fill in the blank) only Israel […]

J. R. Daniel Kirk, Interview, Jesus the man

J. R. Daniel Kirk, Interview, Jesus The Man   The man Jesus lived amongst us, walking the dusty streets of Galilee, in the midst of a power hungry empire, Rome. He was weaving stories for his listeners, teaching God’s reign on earth, demonstrating in both word and deed that he was the messiah (anointed by God). […]