Will There Be Scars in Eternity?

Last week, I wrote about my journey of healing from my heart episode this past winter and how thinking about my PTSD experience like a burn on my leg has been a helpful way for me to conceptualize my experience. I ended by saying that, someday, my mental scar will be all that remains ofContinue reading “Will There Be Scars in Eternity?”

Like a Burn on My Leg

Since my heart episode and subsequent surgery this winter, I’ve been in counseling. (Yes, a pastor has been in counseling. But that’s a different subject for a different post.) It’s been hard. It’s been eyeopening. It’s been helpful. It’s reaffirmed my belief that people benefit from someone walking with them when they’re experiencing hard times.Continue reading “Like a Burn on My Leg”

Endgame and the End

A version of this post originally appeared at Conciliar Post. Disney+ is something of a temptation, especially for those of us who are Star Wars and Marvel nerds. Want to binge your absolute favorite shows? Now, I don’t even have to find my DVDs–they’re right on my phone or TV in HD perfection. This hadContinue reading “Endgame and the End”

O God Our Refuge

Some more prayers for this morning: “O God, who has been the refuge of my fathers through many generations, be my refuge today in every time and circumstance of need. Be my guide through all that is dark and doubtful. Be my guard against all that threatens my spirit’s welfare. Be my strength in timeContinue reading “O God Our Refuge”

“Give Us Grace to Hold You…”

Another prayer from The Oxford Book of Prayer, this time from Fr. Gilbert Shaw: Lord, give us grace to hold you when all is weariness and fear and sin abounds within, without when love itself is tested by the doubt… that love is false, or dead within the soul, when every act brings new confusion,Continue reading ““Give Us Grace to Hold You…””

A Lament (Psalm 48)

I am depressed, O God. I see no end to this cycle of sadness. People tell me: “Everything will be all right,” but it isn’t and it won’t be. The quote Paul to me: “All things work together for good for those who love God.” Don’t I love you? Wasn’t I brought up in yourContinue reading “A Lament (Psalm 48)”

What is the Purpose of the Local Church?

This post originally appeared as a contribution to a Round Table discussion at Conciliar Post. Any full discussion of the church—in either its New Testament or current forms—demands more space than a round table affords. Accordingly, I want to focus on two central characterizations of what the New Testament Church seemed to be and howContinue reading “What is the Purpose of the Local Church?”

Book Review: Called to the Life of the Mind (Mouw)

Richard J. Mouw’s Called to the Life of the Mind: Some Advice for Evangelical Scholars (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014) is short on length but long on insight. Weighing in at only 74 pages, Mouw’s work is part biography, part example, and all exhortation to love God and people through the life of the mind.

After Death

Last week, Conciliar Post ran a Round Table discussion what happens to human beings after physical death. Below are my reflections for your consideration. Just a couple of weeks ago, someone posed this very question—what happens to people after death?—while I was teaching a Sunday school class on the Apocalypse of John (the book ofContinue reading “After Death”