Master, Why Do You Speak in Parables?

Does it seem cruel, or at the very least curious, that Jesus interacts with seekers by telling them riddles? Honestly, is it strange to you that Jesus seems to go out of his way to preach to his own choir? Imagine you are invited to a speech by Bill Gates on the great usefulness of…

A Kingdom Disclaimer

I love to listen to baseball on the radio. I love that my imagination can re-create the scenes of curveballs and doubles into the gap, while at the same tine preserving just enough mental space to carry on a conversation of my own. The radio allows a personal interaction with the broadcaster that television can…

The Coalescence of Heaven and Earth

My wife and I have an impressive and growing collection of books in our little house. Some of them are even leather bound, which, it ought to go without saying, makes each of us a pretty big deal. The mere fact that I have doubled my book collection in taking a wife has to be…

Hating what God Hates

It is fundamental to our faith that we love what God loves. This is the part we should have heard from the beginning. This is Christianity 101. As the people of God, we are being changed into the men and women we were made to be, a people who reflect God’s character to the world.…

Three Reasons I am Thankful to Write

Two years ago today, I was sitting down to coffee and imagining what it would be like to start to trace out a couple of really really big ideas that had come to me through the pen of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. First, I wondered what it would look like to start pursuing the thought of a…

A Capacity for Love and Hate

I have spent the past month basking in the glow of love. As I am sure most people who have been married can attest to, the experience of joining your life together with another, celebrating with your family and closest friends, then running away to be alone with your beloved is well-beyond description. How do…

Some Random Thoughts and a Tease

Yesterday I caught myself up on all those important things I have been missing out on while sipping beer and chugging water on the sunny shores of Mexico with my new wife. You know, important things, like deleting the two hundred ninety-nine useless emails out of my inbox and saving that one useful email, like…

The Hard Work of Surrender

This morning I was reading about Zedekiah, king of Israel, who was at the helm during the siege fall of Jerusalem. I always thought that he must have been an evil man. After all, if you are in charge during the most traumatic event in biblical history, nobody is going to mistake you for a…

Of Bullpens and Baptisms

I have to admit this past baseball season has sucked me in like no other since I was a kid. The constant state of flux and change I am in the midst of, I think, has something to do with it. I remember the words of James Earl Jones in Field of Dreams, when he…