The Upside of Suffering for the Child of God

Anxieties of the Night Eighteen years ago I almost died from a disease that cause my organs to fail and my skin to fall off. Here’s what I wrote in my journal on the first night life began to normalize: “Last night was the first night off meds–pain...

This Grace, This Place

God’s special and personal guidance is rarely obvious looking ahead. For those who trust Him, it’s encouraging when we look back. I had my first visit to Cannon Beach, Oregon 28 years ago this fall. Since then, I’ve taught seven different courses at...

Thanksgiving For Tangible Expressions of Grace

What a privilege to live in a country that sets aside the last Thursday in November to give thanks to God. Before you get all, “Hey, this country is falling apart and most people don’t even know the God we’re supposed to give thanks to” on me, consider this: • In...

If Grace Is Free, Then What About These Jerks?

One of the most discouraging dynamics in evangelical church culture is the prevalent mistrust of grace. As soon I talk or write about the free gift of eternal life given to all who believe in Jesus someone is going to bring up three or four passages–Hebrews 6,...

God’s Special Name For Those Who Suffer

From Mark to Peter A few years ago I was wrapping up our eighteen-month study of Mark and it hit me, “This is the perfect opportunity to teach First Peter!” Mark drips with the thinking and words of the Apostle Peter. With all of these “Petrine” thoughts in our minds,...

The Real Markan Priority #markanpriority

Biblical scholars love to argue the Markan priority vs. the Mathaean priority. It’s basically a debate over which came first, Matthew or Mark. But, before you close this email because it sounds like I’m going to talk about something only New Testament academics really...