7 Things to Know About Pentecost Sunday

Everybody observes holidays. You will not find a people anywhere who do not have unique days of celebration and remembrance. We got this tendency from our Maker. It is significant to note that the living God instituted seven holidays (holy days). These are called “the feasts of the Lord.” This phrase makes it clear thatContinue reading “7 Things to Know About Pentecost Sunday”

Letter From A Birmingham Jail

  On April 12, 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr. produced one of the great pieces of literature composed on U.S. soil. Locked up in Birmingham jail, with nothing but a pen and the margins of a local newspaper, Dr. King proceeded to respond to the supposed call to unity from Christian ministers, calling for anContinue reading “Letter From A Birmingham Jail”

Why Bother Fasting?

Why should I consider ignoring a growling stomach, bypassing entertainment, and denying myself of the legitimate need of nourishment? Because the discipline of fasting can do what nothing else will do in your life. Simply defined, fasting is the voluntary abstaining from food for higher purposes. It is a potent way to forego lower pleasuresContinue reading “Why Bother Fasting?”

It’s our time: Responding to Richard Spencer

Richard Spencer is coming to town and Gainesville is nervous. Every time I hear the story of our nation’s racial past I struggle with understanding how so many people could stand by and do so little. Until I watch how deeply we struggle acknowledging our racial present. We have a problem, and it won’t evaporateContinue reading “It’s our time: Responding to Richard Spencer”

What’s The Big Deal About Resurrection?

It really happened. The message of Jesus is a resurrection story. It’s not just another religious tale. This is not a myth. The way of Jesus is not a compilation of pleasant, moral teachings; it is historical. The Christian faith is not the exaggerated account and reconstructed ethics of an imaginary rabbi named Jesus; it is the result of aContinue reading “What’s The Big Deal About Resurrection?”

Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.

I like honest conversations. And I love the fact that God’s shoulders are big enough to handle our intellectual, emotional, and theological struggles. It’s why I am so drawn to the death of Lazarus (John 11). On a holiday where billions will celebrate Jesus’ ultimate victory over death, I am reminded of the painful reality of living in theContinue reading “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”