Lunatic’s Ark

Damn the naysayers! Damn the unbelievers! The man’s aging back arched as he lifted the sledgehammer high over his head. His ark was almost finished. This joint at the pinnacle of the vessel was the culmination of years of obsession – obsession that had driven away all of his friends and most of his family.


The Problem with “Biblical” Opposition to John Piper’s Pacifism

About a month ago, John Piper published an article called “Should Christians Be Encouraged to Arm Themselves?” in which he confronted the evangelical enthusiasm for carrying firearms. Personally, I rarely find myself on the same theological page as Piper, but as I read his piece, I found that he expressed many of the same ideas


Defending Scripture

The idea of defending Scripture always gives me pause. I cringe when I hear someone talking about Christian apologetics. It’s the house of cards the faith of my childhood was built on. Always be prepared to give an answer… I had all the answers. I understand the importance of defending my faith. If I can’t


A Sword Will Pierce Your Own Soul

Note: This is a guest post from my friend Josh Wright. Josh graduated from Southern Nazarene University with a BA in Theology and Philosophy and from Nazarene Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity. He is an Associate Pastor at Metroplex Church of the Nazarene, and he also works as a hospital chaplain. He and his


Discerning Fear with the Help of Faith

We live in a scary world. Every time we turn around, we discover something new that causes us to fear for ourselves, our families, or our friends. At the same time, there’s no shortage of cheesy Christian memes on Facebook reminding us to “Fear not, for I am with you always!” and chastising us any


Peaceful Politics?

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low


Finding Truth in the Tension

One of the key elements of being a follower of Christ is the ability to embrace a little mystery: We believe that Jesus was both fully divine and fully human. We believe in a Triune God — Three Beings in One. These primary tenets of the Christian faith don’t make sense; the math doesn’t add


A Life After Christ

For me, the ultimate goal of my faith is to live the type of life that Jesus Christ modeled. I appreciate the deep theology of Paul, I love the practical wisdom of James, and I admire the firm convictions of Peter, but it is Christ that I pursue. Christ is the one I emulate –


Sexism and the Kingdom of God, Part 1

Ever since I attended the Nazarene Youth Conference back in July, I’ve been thinking a lot about the Kingdom of God. I find myself especially longing for the Kingdom’s coming when I am confronted by issues such as xenophobia, racism, poverty, and sexism. I am eager for the day when these things will no longer


We are a Global Church.

I have been reminded the past few weeks that I am a part of a Global Church. Now, like me, this is probably something you’ve already known for awhile. The Body of Christ reaches every corner of the world: “In Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). My