Tag Archives: Faith

Rethinking “Jesus Alone”

If I walk into a church and the first thing I see is a coffee shop… I’m leaving. After I get my mocha of course. On a serious note, what is it about spirituality and a faith that connects with … Continue reading

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The Serpent in the Garden: A Closer Look

Whether one takes the story as a literal history of humankind or simply an interesting literary narrative and the product of ancient imagination, the story continually fascinates us in the modern world and its imagery has become instantly recognizable. Continue reading

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The Gospel of Mark: Multiple Endings, Easter, and an Empty Tomb

Of the four canonical Gospels in the Bible, the Gospel of Mark is, in my opinion, the most overlooked. Beyond Mark’s status as my personal favorite of the Gospels, this contention is highly unfortunate as it provides one of the … Continue reading

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Editorial: Creation, the Debate, Facebook, and Faith

What a busy time it has been indeed. First, I feel compelled to explain the title. After all, isn’t everything published on a privately run blog an editorial? While that is true, everything I publish here on “From the Desk … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes

   I wrote my first academic religion paper as a young, naïve college freshman ten years ago this semester. Of all the papers I have written through undergraduate, seminary, and graduate school, the topic of that very first, five page, … Continue reading

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Saying “Merry Christmas” vs. “Happy Holidays”: How we should respond to this tired debate

A few days ago, a person whom I did not know, told me, “oh, and if we do not see you beforehand, Merry Christmas.” I had never met this person before, she knew nothing about me, yet I replied “Merry … Continue reading

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Jesus and the Old Testament, Part III: Why it is acceptable for Jesus not to be in the Old Testament

Thus far, with this series, I have attempted to demonstrate that the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament does not contain prophecies of Jesus, but rather the New Testament appropriated the Old Testament in order to lend legitimacy to the claim that Jesus … Continue reading

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