This week marks one year since I first arrived in Korea and began to preach at the English Worship Service at Sangdang Presbyterian Church. I have to say that pastoral ministry is greatly different than I had imagined it to be, though I'm betting much of that has to do with the different kind of … Continue reading Reflections on my First Year of Pastoral Ministry
Sounds like a bit of an internal contradiction, doesn't it? After all, Gospel is by definition Good News, that's what the word means. So why the provocative title? Well, the simplest answer is that I've been doing some pondering while reading a few books. It slows down my reading speed a lot, but I think … Continue reading The Gospel is Never Good News to an Unprepared Heart
Recently I've been reading some of the critiques unbelievers have about Christianity, and have been struck by a commonality that I have found in many of them. People began to read the Bible, found that the God of the Bible did not square with their beliefs in a loving and good God, and so they … Continue reading A Danger of Preaching a Substandard Gospel
I know, I know, a big topic, and I'm being a little arrogant in claiming to understand the whole of one of the largest religious groupings in the world. Keep in mind that you're reading a conservative protestant evangelical. These are just some things I would like non-Christians to keep in mind when talking to … Continue reading What Christians are Not.
I'm not exactly the most affirming person when it comes to the state of Christianity here in my native Newfoundland. For some reason, it seems that believers here have either checked their brains at the door of Christianity, or have so radically acclimatized to the more spurious intellectualism that they can no longer be discernible as … Continue reading Selling our Birthright for a Soul Patch.
When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds about them and said, “What have we done? We have let the Israelites go and have lost their services!” So he had his chariot made ready and took his army with him. (Ex 14:5-6, NIV) The … Continue reading Pharoah, Hardened Hearts and Vested Interests
Lord's Gym: Seriously, I can't make this up. Where would Jesus work out? Imagine: Yoko Ono loses the suit designed to keep Ben Stein from using the song "Imagine" in Ben Stein's film "Expelled". It's still fair use to quote others when critiquing them. Human Rights?: If you're a Christian in Alberta, this decision should … Continue reading Online Reading (June 10, 2008)