Keep it Simple

It’s not easy to keep things simple. If you can’t explain a concept to an 8 year old, you might not really understand it. And we see this all the time in the church. Unnecessary complexity in ministry systems keeps them clogged and ineffective. Unnecessary complexity in faith conversations keeps us from meaningful, substantive ways […]

Jesus, the Savior

I wrapped up our 3-part mini-series on ICHTHUS this past Sunday by looking at Jesus as our Savior and Atoning Sacrifice. It’s a bit long but, hey, substitutionary atonement is deep waters!   You can listen to part 1 on Jesus the Christ here and part 2 on Jesus, God’s Son here.

What I’m Reading

From time to time, I thought I’d share what I’m reading and finding helpful or stimulating. If you’re reading these or anything else interesting, I’d love to know in the comments! As you might expect from Keller, a marvel of genius-by-compression on many issues of preaching. As one reviewer said, more of a manifesto than manual. […]

Jesus, Son of God [sermon]

Listen to the sermon here In this brief series entitled ICHTHUS, we are looking at the person and work of Jesus Christ. The Gospel of Jesus spread through a startlingly simple confession: that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, God’s Son, and Savior. In the face of dozens of other competing religions, and in the teeth […]

Eyewitnesses to Jesus?

It’s that time of year when magazines and news shows know they can attract some eyeballs with “breakthrough discoveries” about Jesus, and raise “new” questions about the historicity of the Bible. So it’s not a bad time to brush up on why Christians believe what we believe. After all, Christians believe the resurrection really happened–not in […]

Why the Resurrection Matters (from the archives)

[I’ve posted this during Holy Week in the past, and thought it was worth highlighting again.] Christians have believed for two millennia that their faith rises and falls on the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. If he was indeed raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, the belief goes, then this testifies to […]

The Bridge to the Bridge

  I have a new post up over at the Collegiate Collective, entitled “The Bridge to the Bridge.” It’s about how to have spiritual conversations that lead to gospel conversations. Here’s a snippet: Spiritual conversations are not-yet gospel conversations, pregnant with possibility, but not sufficient for salvation. But that does not mean they are unimportant! Rather, they […]

Pastors: A Surprising Source of Innovation

I’ve been revisiting one of my favorite books of the last 2-3 years, the densely erudite Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. At times combative, enlightening, mind-bending, and frustrating, the book has much to offer. Taleb’s Big Idea resists simplification, but at the core he’s saying that much of our world is highly fragile, and vulnerable to the improbable and […]

Jesus & His Eyewitnesses

Last night, I had the pleasure of appearing on a panel discussion of anything and everything about Jesus at Alliance Christian Fellowship here at Penn State. In brushing up on Jesus-related questions, I was reminded of the many excellent resources related to the historicity of the Gospels. One of the most interesting books to appear […]