Esther

The book of Esther is essentially the one-season telenovela of the Old Testament.  [It turns out some Brazilian production company agrees with me in this assessment.]  This book has everything a period-piece telenovela requires: beautiful women, a foreign king who only thinks he knows what is going on in his own court, scheming bad guys … More Esther

The Real Monarchs of Jerusalem: David

We live in a culture that takes the telling of fall stories very seriously – we need to make meaning out of the tragedies that befall us, we need to pinpoint the bug in the system, the traitor who sold us out, the failings of the leader who got us into this mess.  But I think we forget that the point of the fall story in scripture is to help us to remember the One who raises up what has been cast down. … More The Real Monarchs of Jerusalem: David

Keep Awake Therefore: Why an extended Advent might just be a gift to college ministries everywhere

“The Advent Project” seeks to reclaim an Advent season largely lost to a Christmas consumerist culture by reinstating a seven-week Advent. This is exactly what college students need. … More Keep Awake Therefore: Why an extended Advent might just be a gift to college ministries everywhere

A New DREAM Act: A Chance to Dream Again

I know. I know.  There is so much going on in the news.  You’ve got Russia, Jeff Sessions, the health care conundrum, John McCain’s diagnosis, North Korea – even O.J. Simpson is back in the headlines. I want to talk about something really important that happened today, something you might have overlooked.  Today, Senators Dick … More A New DREAM Act: A Chance to Dream Again