• Christian Living

    “Tell No One”

    The idea that a Christian wouldn’t tell people about Christ sounds absurd. And yet, it seems like that’s exactly what Jesus is telling his disciples to do in Mark 8! Underneath this strange command and bizarre name-calling exchange lies one of the deepest hopes of the Christian life.

  • Ministry

    Learning from the Navigators Concerning Prayer

    This week, I crammed in the back of a mini-van and embarked on a short Colorado roadtrip to experience not only the beautiful mountains but also that mountain of a ministry known as The Navigators.  Our trip (which included seven other Christian Challenge staff and interns) began amidst the profuse insistence of the director of Challenge that his mini-van would be more than adequate for not only the seven of us to travel, but also would allow for picking up his son from a summer camp near Colorado Springs. Well, I had my suspicions that his rosy-eyed mini-van infatuation might not live up to the hype! Needless to say, eight hours…

  • Theology

    Myth: All You Need is a “Child-Like Faith”

    Throughout the Scriptures, one theme becomes clear: The Gospel and the truth of God are not merely intellectual facts to be grasped. Even Jesus himself called a number of humble fisherman to be his disciples rather then the most learned men of the age, whom he most fiercely condemned! This point isn’t lost on the Apostle Paul either, who declares, “…God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise…” (1 Cor. 1:27, ESV). Clearly, our faith isn’t all about head knowledge. At the same time, there seems to be a commonplace resistance to the idea of ‘theology’ or becoming ‘too theological.’ From what I’ve heard, this concern…

  • Christian Living

    What Do We Deserve?

    Over the past couple of months, I noticed an interesting linguistic phenomenon. That is, the language of deserving. Let me illustrate using several examples: As final exams at the end of the school year approached, I happened to engage in a conversation with a friend about a grade they received in a class. Like many conversations surrounding academics this time of the year, the person was bemoaning the grade they received. Yet, I was quite struck in the moment by the language they employed: they said that they deserved a better grade. Consider another situation – More recently, I was out at a restaurant on a Saturday night with several friends. As we were…