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How This Asburian Is Praying For France

For a time in my life I lived in France with my family. It was an amazing experience, and one that we’ll never forget. Not only did we live in France, but we lived in a suburb of Paris, one of the greatest cities in the world. So you can imagine our shock this week when… Read More »

Lessons From Preaching Class: Take Preparation Very Seriously

In this final post of my “Preaching Lessons” series (Post 1, Post 2), the lesson I learned with my third and final sermon of the semester was that I need to take sermon preparation very seriously, because while it can be exciting and fun, it can also be incredibly challenging and time-consuming. I learned that… Read More »

Fruitless? Not Possible!

There is no such thing as fruitless living—for anyone.   This quote caught my attention recently.     “A tree is known by its fruit; or, as we say, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. When we Christians behave badly, or fail to behave well, we are making Christianity unbelievable to the… Read More »

Lessons From Preaching Class: The Bible Might Not Say What I Think It Does

I’ve already talked about how I learned from my recent preaching class not to fear the biblical text, now let’s move on to the big lesson from my second assigned passage in Mark 10, the story of the rich young ruler. Along with this passage came a little bit of the fear that I experience… Read More »

Lessons From Preaching Class: Don’t Fear The Bible

I can honestly say that I’ve enjoyed all but one class during my time at Asbury. But every once and a while a class comes along that absolutely blows the rest out of the water, and that happened this past semester with my preaching class. I really didn’t know what to expect from this class.… Read More »

A New Year’s Prayer

Okay, I will admit that this is somewhat of  a “cheat post.” By that, I mean that it will not be comprised predominantly of my own words. But I think we can all agree that there are times in which others express our hearts far better than we. Sometimes for me, it is a prayer… Read More »

Unconditional Reverence

An interesting conversation takes place at the end of Moses’ life.  God comes to Moses (Deut. 32:48-52) to settle the books, so to speak, and give him final instructions for dying.  Just the fact that God saw fit to have so frank and intimate a chat with Moses speaks volumes for the nature of their… Read More »

The Feeling of Almost Finished

(Part 3 in a 3-part series) What I titled this blog post will make the most sense in view of the title of my previous one—The Feeling of Finished. There is a feeling one experiences at the end of any given semester of seminary. A step closer is taken. A page is turned. A chapter… Read More »

Making Room

The semester is over. And yet, even as we prepare to celebrate the Incarnation with our loved ones, the post office is delivering books for the upcoming J-term class! This week, I have fought the urge to begin reading, and instead, focused my attention on all the things that make for a great Christmas season:… Read More »

The Appearance of Worship

Nadab and Abihu (Lev 10:1-7), the priestly sons of Aaron, offered what was translated as unholy, strange, or unauthorized fire before God. Rather than following the Lord’s instructions, they chose and acted of their own will. This is curiously similar to the story of Cain and Abel (Gen 4:1-12). In this present age, we worship… Read More »