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How Pastor-Theologians Can Bless Their Congregations

“Yeah, he’s totally different from you. You’re one of those pastors who just likes to teach and study theology.” That’s how a close friend compared me to his new pastor. While I respectfully disagree with his assessment of me, I’ll confess I thought silently to...

Some Thoughts on the Equality Act

Back in July of 2020, I responded to M.I.T professor Devin Michelle Bunten’s New York Times op-ed article “Sex Does Not Mean Gender. Equating Them Erases Trans Lives.” In my response, I noted that the worldview of transgender activists entails bringing the external...

Run Away from Crowds

Introduction A few days ago I pulled Paul Tripp’s book Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry off my shelf and was quite disheartened. Three out of the five celebrity pastors who endorsed the book are no longer in ministry due to...

Incomplete Thoughts on Prayer

Several months back I came across a book on prayer that I found troubling. The author stated that the purpose of prayer was to get answers. As you might expect, the author never mentioned that God might say no or not yet to our requests. Instead, as imagined by this...

Ascetical Christian Thinking and Living

Introduction: Two Quotes Consider two quotes with me. The first comes from philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724–1804): “Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-imposed immaturity. Immaturity is the inability to use one’s understanding without guidance from another”...

Sayonara Social Media

 Impeccably Bad Timing After a twelve year love-hate relationship with Facebook, I have decided to permanently deactivate my account. Due to my impeccably bad timing, some may view this as a political statement. I assure you it is not. Rather, eliminating social media...