Each Spring semester in my Missional Life course, we have some sessions around the concept of inculturation (a more fancy word for contextualization) and this leads us to look at engaging with those of other religions.
My sense is that, especially as evangelicals, we easily find our identity in what we are against rather than what (or who) we are for. I believe this easily pushes us to move with hostility toward others who aren’t like us, rather than move toward them with hospitality. Continue reading
Christians around the world know that this past Wednesday we entered into the season of Lent. It all begins each year with Ash Wednesday.
Lent comes from the Dutch word Lente, meaning “Spring” (I think there’s some German background in there as well). It’s a 40-day season (not counting Sundays) centered around a time of examining our lives, repentance, and fasting. We do this as we remember Christ’s own 40-day period in the wilderness.
In all, Lent culminates with the weekend of Good Friday, Silent Saturday, and then Resurrection Sunday (Mar 30 – Apr 1 this year).
But many people may ask why we participate in Lent? It seems so stuffy and religious, so outdated. So why participate in it? Continue reading
In light of my book, Reflections of Immanuel, being released in time for Advent 2018, here are some brief reflections on Jesus being the most tangible expression of God with us.
What does that tangibility look like?
I’m a day late to this past week’s “ponderings and links,” but as they say, “Better late than never.” (At least that’s what I say to my students.)
Here are my “Weekly Ponderings & Links” for Sunday, December 17, 2017. Continue reading
Continuing with my Advent video series, I’m asking varying people what special things they participate in during the Advent season. Here are some brief thoughts from a friend of mine.