Obnoxious Not Oppressed

Introduction It is a dark day indeed when I find myself condemning something along with the representative from Minnesota Ilhan Omar. And yet here we are. I am resolved to spill some ink on the topic of the video taken of a group of Christians on a flight that began singing praise songs at 30,000Continue reading “Obnoxious Not Oppressed”

Don’t Neglect Your Histories

In the providence of God there was a curriculum shortfall in the ministry I work for this semester. This required us to go back into our files and pull out an older series of lessons that had been discontinued by our publishing house several years ago. At the time we, as a staff were notContinue reading “Don’t Neglect Your Histories”

Your World as I See it: The Deconstructors

Editors Note: This may be a first in a new series in the impromptus section. I am calling it Your World as I See it by Astor Clement. As I am still the only author it is obviously me, and for the children of the 90’s the Jim Varney reference will be clear. One ofContinue reading “Your World as I See it: The Deconstructors”

The Stories He Told

This is the final installment of this series. The previous posts can be found here, here, here, here, and here. Introduction I am still digesting the final episode of Mike Cosper’s Rise and Fall of Mars Hill. But am pretty sure my conclusion will not change too much after further pondering. The finale was, inContinue reading “The Stories He Told”

Haunted House of Worship

Back in the day a haunted house was verboten for the righteous, instead we participated in Judgement House… For the un initiated this was a similar tour where a group of people would be herded through a series of Sunday School rooms where a story would unfold, following a minimum of two characters who wouldContinue reading “Haunted House of Worship”

Not a New Problem

Introduction Doug Wilson has aptly pointed out that one of the failures of Reformed Protestantism is not reading our histories and biographies. Outside of a few of us nerds old books are not read. More disturbingly it appears that many of our pastors can not be bothered to even read any books, instead relying onContinue reading “Not a New Problem”

Proverbs 31 2.0

This is an annual update of a post I wrote last year around this time, which can be found here, if you have any interest. A good bit has been rewritten to include new material as my wife continues to do such an excellent job of exemplifying this passage. And as I said last yearContinue reading “Proverbs 31 2.0”

The 8th Reason it’s Hard to Find a Youth Minister

Introduction It is an interesting place to be when I read something and find myself saying, “Yes, but also no.” This was my experience reading a well meaning and solidly written banner article on The Gospel Coalition*. I agree with Gulledge on his reasoning. Probably a lot of young seminarians reject leading a youth ministryContinue reading “The 8th Reason it’s Hard to Find a Youth Minister”

Screwtape and Aslan’s Country

Introduction In his introduction to Screwtape Proposes a Toast Lewis, in typically humble fashion, gives a lament for being unable to compose a companion volume giving the other side of the spiritual struggle for the soul of “The Patient.” “I had moreover, a sort of grudge against my book for not being a different booksContinue reading “Screwtape and Aslan’s Country”