College · Separation · Uncategorized

Christian in College

I am a graduate student at the university in my town. In regards to this venture, two well-meaning Christian men have taken it upon themselves to offer frequent advice. “What do you study at that school?” says one, an Amish vendor at the farmers market. He not-so-subtly wonders when I am going to enter the… Continue reading Christian in College

Book review · Marriage · Uncategorized

The Meaning of Marriage

Most people think they have a pretty good idea of what marriage is all about. It’s about love, honesty, respect, and that unmentionable thing the Puritans never figured out, thus becoming extinct. It is true that marriage does include these things. However, if we are to fully understand the meaning of marriage and all its… Continue reading The Meaning of Marriage

Olympics · Sports · Uncategorized · Unity

Olympic Peace

Sitting in a packed stadium, we look up as the lights dim and see the dark oval of the sky far above us. Fluorescent lights illuminate the faces of people from many different countries as a voice comes over the loudspeaker, “Ladies and Gentleman, the Olympic Flame will soon be entering the stadium.” Cheers erupt… Continue reading Olympic Peace

Bible · Doctrine · Theology · Uncategorized

The Divine Word

Journey with me to the dawn of time. All that exists is darkness. Stillness. Suddenly, a voice thunders. Words teeming with energy and life cut through the silence. Light explodes into the blackness, its brilliance piercing the empty expanse. The Creator breathes and planets form. Stars converge out of nothing; creatures of unimaginable complexity and… Continue reading The Divine Word

Leadership · Uncategorized

Leadership According to Christ

Leadership. What comes to your mind? Immorality, pride, power, lies, war, division. This word strikes many different chords in the human heart. It can seem that not many days pass without another story of a fallen leader: secular and Christian. The church of Jesus Christ is in need of men who understand grace, emulate humility,… Continue reading Leadership According to Christ

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Fight: A Christian Case for Non-Violence

What would you do if an evil person threatened to harm you? Is a Christian ever justified in joining the military? If so, when? If these are questions you’ve wrestled with, Preston Sprinkle’s book Fight: A Christian Case for Non-violence will provide a thoughtful new look at a question that is as old as the… Continue reading Fight: A Christian Case for Non-Violence

Environment · Materialism · Stewardship · Uncategorized

Christians and Environmentalism

Growing up on Dr. Seuss, “The Lorax” always spoke to me. As the story goes, an entrepreneur stumbles upon a beautiful forest. The trees grow fluffy tufts, but he sees something else: money. Soon, he is knitting their tufts into lucrative Thneeds. What is a Thneed? Hard telling, but they sure sell well. First one… Continue reading Christians and Environmentalism

Doctrine · Mennonite · Theology · Uncategorized

What is a Mennonite?

A Portrait of a Mennonite What comes to your mind when you think of the Mennonites? Good cooks? Horse and buggies? Hard working farmers or construction workers? Shrewd business owners? Volleyball? Thrifty penny-pinchers? Modesty? Legalistic pulpit-pounders? A cappella singing? Non-resistant pacifists? Veiled women? There are many Mennonite “stereotypes” and they often vary greatly from each… Continue reading What is a Mennonite?

Church · Culture · End Times · Evangelism · Refugees

A City Without Walls

Jerusalem shall be inhabited as villages without walls, because of the multitude of people and livestock in it. And I will be a wall of fire all around, declares the LORD, and I will be the glory in her midst. Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for behold, I come and I will dwell… Continue reading A City Without Walls

Media · movie review

Movie Review: Risen

“I have seen two things which I cannot reconcile: A man dead without question and that same man alive again.”  -Clavius, Roman Tribune Risen, directed by Kevin Reynolds (Robin Hood: A Prince of Thieves, Waterworld), is a clash of CSI and The Robe. The story is told from the perspective of the Roman tribune, Clavius… Continue reading Movie Review: Risen