Last night (Friday night), BIZG and our Center for Biblical Research joined with Biblija365 to present a public reading of scripture for Good Friday. It was a beautiful event, with classical guitar & vocals accompanying the reading. At the event, I was struck by how we weren't very good at Good Friday in American churches; … Continue reading Good Friday / Dark Saturday Thoughts
Today, among the ashes we wait. ... Tomorrow we celebrate, For he has risen, And everything is changed.
Roger Olson has been writing recently about claims from different groups and people to be "Christian,", in an attempt to clarify a basic set of beliefs/convictions that one can use to measure the claim. He recently posted an overview of the criteria he proposes. How do we determine if someone (group or individual) is Christian? … Continue reading Olson on what “Christian” Means
Peter Enns writes about the foolishness of the cross: my only complaint is that his post isn't long enough. If God exists, our thoughts and words will fail us rather quickly, and that the truth of God will necessarily draw us further out to orbits beyond what our feeble minds know, what makes sense to … Continue reading Enns on Jesus, the Cross, and Shame
To quote the great theologian Tom Petty, "The waiting is the hardest part." You hope God is doing something, or maybe you're confident: you KNOW God is doing something. But WHAT? Perhaps I am never still enough often enough long enough to hear God's voice clearly. My normal MO is to pick a direction and … Continue reading “… Is the Hardest Part”
My friends, Dave & Betsy Scott, are Nazarene missionaries here in Zagreb. God is doing AMAZING work through them among the Muslim refugees here. They're having a significant number of baptisms, developing leaders from among the refugees, etc. We (Biblijski institut) are proud to be able to partner with them. After a recent baptismal service, … Continue reading “Don’t Pull Me Up” (A Meditation)
This is the message I brought to the 14th Annual Conference of the Churches of Christ in Croatia this past Friday. I was asked to speak on the topic of "God's Word for Croatia," addressing our dependence on the Bible and the benefits that come from being centered in scripture. Click here to listen. The … Continue reading “God’s Word for Croatia”