The author of 2 Samuel says that Yahweh caused David to sin by taking a census of his military personnel (2 Sam 24:1) while the author of 1 Chronicles attributes this temptation to Satan (1 Chr 21:1). It is clear that the author of 2 Samuel had no problem accepting that Yahweh was capable of… via […]Read more "Re-post: “Satan or God: Who Tempted David to Sin? – Greg Boyd”"
“Knowledge of created beings is one thing, and knowledge of the divine truth is another. The second surpasses the first just as the sun outshines the moon.” – St. Mark the Ascetic (5th Century, Philokalia, Kindle Loc. 1935) I read this little gem this morning. I couldn’t help but see the incredible application it has within […]Read more "An Ascetic on Education"
“It is the course of true wisdom to acquire for ourselves those things that neither humans, nor death itself can take away.” Lactantius, 4th century. I have a PDF in my Google Drive called “Church Fathers on Education” and the above quote by Lactantius is one of them. It’s short and sweet, but, oh, how […]Read more "The End of Education"
A few rambling thoughts on pursuing Christ: A few years ago I was in the early stages of a PhD program. I was working with two professors to carefully craft my dissertation proposal. For a number of reasons, I could not complete the program. For me (and I mean for me, not for everyone!!!), the degree […]Read more "An Advanced Degree Worth Pursuing"
Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian in NYC, has many great one-liners. He’s gained wisdom through his years in life and ministry. Keller had this to say about reading: When you listen and read one thinker, you become a clone… two thinkers, you become confused… ten thinkers, you’ll begin developing your own voice… two or […]Read more "Reading Different Theological Traditions"
The first book I read in 2014 in Henri Nouwen’s The Wounded Healer. This small book packs a punch. In it, Nouwen comments on the role of ministry preparation (i.e., seminary) for actual ministry. Here is what he says. “…the desire for more professionalism in the ministry is understanding. But the danger is that instead of […]Read more "On ministry preparation and compassion"