Archives For N.T. Wright

In one of his books, the great writer Malcolm Gladwell talks about what he calls the curse of knowledge. His basic idea is that after a while of doing things, we eventually forget the wisdom that we learned along the way. It becomes more natural, and what was once quite difficult to do has now become 2nd nature.

I’m not anywhere near there yet.

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On February 2, 2012

Your First Love

One of my favorite books from last year was “With” by Skye Jethani. He asks the question What is the most important thing in your life, what is your treasure?” He points out that if the answer to that question isn’t Jesus. Then what you’ve got, no matter how great it is, is an idol. And the church might just be the one to blame.

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On June 17, 2011

(Script)ure.

The story that the Bible is telling is Epic. It’s this large over-arching story with a thousand different characters that are flawed and hopeful, deeply broken yet strangely included. And there is a plot that is guiding these little stories toward a larger more magnificent one.

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On August 26, 2010

Kenosis

When I was in college, I had a Bible professor bring this idea up to me over lunch one day. And I initially thought that he was a heretic. To be fair, I actually assumed that a lot my first two years at Harding. I didn’t understand the tradition that God had given us of being able to wrestle with and question Him. So my first couple of years in school,  my major was Witch Hunting. Continue Reading…

On August 9, 2010

The Purpose of Worship

So right after Leslie and I had gotten married, we lived in Searcy for one final semester before moving to Texas. We had  broken free of the shackles of curfew, and we went crazy. Of course by crazy, I mean that we went to Wal-Mart after midnight. And that’s where this story picks up.

Because it was at Wal-Mart, in the notebook aisle, that a guy, that we had never met before, came up to us and said this:

“I think God is an insecure Hypocrite.” Continue Reading…

On August 2, 2010

Love Never Fails

The word Love is the most overused word in the English language. We love Honda’s, our parents, and Sloppy Joe’s. But the Biblical vision of what Love means is actually much more complex, difficult…and beautiful.

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On April 6, 2010

The Silence of Caesar

So this is my last post on the end of Acts, and I’d like to point out something here that I haven’t in the previous two posts. Acts has a really strange ending. If you think about it, Luke ends his story in a really bizarre way. It’d be like watching Luke Skywalker headed into blowing up the Death Star and all of a sudden the credits start rolling. But there is a reason that Acts ends this way. Continue Reading…

On March 5, 2010

Genesis, Burbank, and Fletch

N.T Wright has been one of my favorite Theologians for the past several years, and I’m interested to hear what you think about his comments here on Genesis 1-2. Listen carefully to what he’s saying because he’s not arguing against God creating the world, but rather against a flat reading of the text that turns Genesis into a running argument against Charles Darwin or Enlightenment for that matter. What’s your thoughts on this? Can you see where he’s coming from? What do you think is gained or lost with this kind of reading of these chapters? Continue Reading…