When I first started to drive on my own, my dad gave me my first cell phone. It wasn’t the brick that you might have seen in the movies. It was that classic chunky Nokia with 100 minutes pre-paid, and it was for emergencies only. The Nokia resided in my glove box with a car … More To Zarephath in Sidon
“After that, no one dared to ask him any question.” … More After that, no one dared to ask him any question.
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
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
The traditions surrounding the martyrdom of St. Simon and St. Jude likely honor more than just two of the faithful whose lives are relatively unknown to us. In our current political environment, the story of St. Simon and St. Jude may provoke questions about how our own nation treats religious minorities. … More Saint Simon and Saint Jude
“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
Very often, it is the marginalized person in our midst, the stranger, who ensures that we cannot stash God’s challenging word away in a cistern so that it remains unheard. … More The Other Ethiopian Eunuch
Hey, Houston-area, friends. Have you ever wanted to connect with the text under the translation when reading the New Testament? Or maybe you took a Koine Greek class and need a refresher? Join us, get equipped to wrestle with difficult Matthean texts, and fall more deeply in love with scripture. … More Greek Translation Group
Outside of Room 306 at what used to be the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, there is a plaque that quotes a line from Genesis. Room 306 at the Lorraine Motel is where Martin Luther King, Jr. spent the night of April 3, 1968, his last night on this earth. So, you might expect the plaque … More Behold, here cometh the dreamer.
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