God is – in control?

When most believers use the phrase “God is in control,” they have no idea what they are really saying. We tend to make God the devil by making him responsible for everything that happens. But divine determinism is not the biblical view. I spoke this sermon on March 8th of this year. God is – […]

Is God Angry?

I spoke this sermon last year, and it needed to come back again this year and hopefully I’ve made it even clearer. This is controversial for some. I argue that “wrath” needs to be seen differently than we have done. I also take it into the Greek to look at one particular word – hilasmos […]

what is church?

Scot McKnight proposes three biblical words that lead in different directions –Leitourgia, Ekklesia and Koinonia. I summarize… 1. Leitourgia That is, church is worship service. The Germans calls this Gottesdienst, and many Americans when they say “church” mean “going to a church building on Sunday morning for a worship and sermon service.” The life that […]

ex machina

I’m still working my way through the collection edited by James McGrath, “Religion and Science-Fiction” (Wipf & Stock, 2011. Earlier post HERE). It’s striking how many movies are opening up the question of what it is to be human — I’m thinking in this past year of Transcendence and Lucy and Her, and now of […]

the challenge of Jesus

“A friend of mine, lecturing in a theological college in Kenya introduced his students to “The Quest for the Historical Jesus.” This, he said, was a movement of thought and scholarship that in its earlier forms was carried on largely in Germany in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He had not gone far into his […]