How Was Your Easter?

How Was Your Easter?

The photo above is from Saturday night when I read the Easter story to the kids (using the YouVersion Bible App on the iPad). It was only afterward that Michelle sent me the pictures she took and informed me of Adelyn’s face when I got to the part about the empty tomb. Evidently, this shocking revelation actually shocked her still today.

Which leads me to a question: How was your Easter? More specifically, how did the resurrection of Jesus cause you to respond this weekend? Here’s my favorite tweet about Easter from this weekend. It helps to illustrate what happened.

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Jesus According to Mark

Jesus According to Mark

This is part of a series of posts on the Biblical view of Jesus. Click here to see them all.

I officially started my Master’s program at Fuller Seminary this week. One of the things I’d like to do over the next few years I’m going through this is to blog some of the relevant studies from my classes. Obviously, much of what I’m doing won’t be interesting to the typical person. With that in mind, I ask for a bit of grace as I attempt to find which of my interesting insights are also interesting to my readers. My first class is a New Testament introduction and one of the assignments is to read each book of the Bible and list verses which tell us the author, audience, situation, purpose, and view of Jesus which we find in that book. The first week’s assignment was the Gospel of Mark, and a fascinating part has been going through and documenting the view of Jesus we see in Mark’s account. If lists like these are interesting to my readers I could turn these into a series of posts throughout the next ten weeks. If not, I’ll just show you how Mark talks about Jesus and we’ll pretend we never had this conversation.

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Open to People

This weekend at Central I talked about what it means to be open to the people around you and to share your faith differently than is often seen with most Christians.

Marriage Rebranded

Marriage Rebranded

I recently finished a book that our life group is currently going through together. It’s called Marriage Rebranded by Tyler Ward. My favorite part of the book is how he shifts the focus off of expecting marriage to make you happy, and instead focuses on the ability of your marriage helping you become the person God designed you to be. There are a lot of marriage books out there, but Tyler (and his wife) approach the topic from a young, fresh perspective. They acknowledge they are early marrieds and that they don’t have the decades of experience like other authors of similar books. It is this humility—in addition to a healthy dose of humor—which make this book an enjoyable read.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:

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The Way

The Way

I experienced a first this week. A lady in our church introduced herself to me and told me that she got a tattoo based on a sermon I taught awhile back. She then showed me her arm and I asked if I could take this picture. She referenced how I talked about the early Church in the book of Acts when it simply referred to those Christians as followers of “the Way.”

Here are the examples:

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The Theology Pilgrimage

The Theology Pilgrimage

As I’ve previously written and communicated about, many of my specific theological understandings have shifted over the years. I don’t mean the comparison of my views from today with my views as a third grader when I decided to choose baptism for myself. Those are understandingly not only different in content, but different in scope. What I particularly mean are those views I formed at college or after, and then decided after further study I didn’t see them that way anymore.

If I thought about this as a politician, I appear to be “flip-flopping,” a sure sign I don’t know what I think or can’t be trusted to say what I really mean. In fact many Christians look at this and claim that my faith is somehow broken or incomplete if it contains doubts such as these. Why can’t I just be certain I’m right like they are?

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