Bit of a monster post today. There are lots of interesting things going on: Brexit: Today the European Union loses one state as the UK leaves. Psychology: professor claims humans hardwired to dismiss facts inconvenient to their worldview. Writing: Why is so much Christian writing, er, um, bland? Free Speech: John Stackhouse criticizes UK cities … Continue reading Online Reading (January 31, 2020)
Welcome to reading some of the things I'm finding interesting today: November 11: While in my present home of Korea, November 11 is "Peppero Day", back home in Canada, it's Remembrance day, and there is a debate this year about the white poppy as opposed to the red poppy. Abortion and Slavery: Thabiti Anyabwile gives … Continue reading Online Reading (November 9, 2010)
I like to be busy. There are a lot of reasons for this. It makes me feel like I'm needed, as if the world can't function without me. It means that I do not have to think about future and plans and vision and such, because I'm wrapped up in the now, and of course … Continue reading The Discipline of Letting Go
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
"You know how this wine was blended? Different types of Pharisee have been harvested, trodden, and fermented together to produce the subtle flavour. Types that were most antagonistic on earth.... The wickedness of other religions was the really live doctrine in the religion of each; slander was its gospel, and denigration its litany. How they … Continue reading The Pharisee Culture
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.