One Among All

One Among All

To be singled out as one among all is an interesting experience. If the reason is negative, discomfort is certainly present. Even for a positive reason, however, being singled out can be an awkward experience. Mark 12:41-44 is a story about one person being positively singled out by Jesus (likely without her awareness). Quite possibly, however, the

Is God Good?

Is God Good?

I’ve noticed something. In both the halls of the university and the corridors of the church, doubt in the existence of God isn’t the most common issue I have run into. Rather, it is doubt in the goodness of God.   Constantly bombarded with the world’s pain, we began to develop a theology: God is distant. God must not really care about us. God

Matthew 3: Know Your Enemy

Matthew 3: Know Your Enemy

When John the Baptist first began to proclaim the arrival of the Messiah, his message fell on receptive ears. The Jewish people were eagerly awaiting His coming, and earnestly anticipating His work and ministry. At the turn of the millennium, the Jews found themselves in a state of constant anger and unrest, buckling under the weight of Roman oppre

Matthew 1: The Promised One

Matthew 1: The Promised One

Many today consider the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, and, by extension, the New Testament as a whole, to be somehow separate from the Old Testament, which precedes them. They consider the story of God’s people following the birth of Christ to be somehow disconnected from the story of God’s people throughout the ~4,000 years preceding t

Is Knowledge a Requirement of Salvation? Reflections on 2 Peter (Part 1)

Is Knowledge a Requirement of Salvation? Reflections on 2 Peter (Part 1)

At the conclusion of his second epistle, Peter asserts that his fellow apostle Paul has written some things that are “hard to understand” (2 Peter 3:15-16). Though the Apostle Peter may have lacked the scholarship and rhetorical complexity of the Apostle Paul, his writings are nonetheless provocative and full of deep theological insights. Looking a

One Culture in Christ

One Culture in Christ

When someone inquires about my culture, I momentarily go into a state of confusion.   I grew up in Canada, and am a second-generation child of immigrant parents; my mother from Jamaica, and my father from Ghana. However, I was not taught the language of either, so I cannot converse in broken-down English--Patois, nor can I speak twi. I can't f

Label-Free Faith

Label-Free Faith

During my sophomore year at Weimar Academy, I struggled with geometry. No matter how much I studied, I didn't get it. One morning, I told a lie. My palms were sweating and my lips trembled as I said to my dorm mom, Mrs. Jones, “I think I have the flu.” She felt my forehead. “Kind of clammy, but no temperature.” She gave me a long look. “If you’re s

The Cure for the Common Life

The Cure for the Common Life

Several years ago, the common refrain from my daughter used to be: “I’m soooooo boooorrrred!” She doesn’t do it anymore, because her mother and I decided that the best way to cure her boredom would be…more homework! However, that comment is becoming all too common these days—and by non-teenage-age folks as well. I find it interesting that people—at

Sabbath is…

Sabbath is…

A friend and I were studying in our dorm room when he looked over and said, “Man, I’m still feeling refreshed from Sabbath. Now I know why you’re never stressed out.” A couple days earlier I had invited him to enjoy the Sabbath with me. We put our textbooks away to worship with a Church community, enjoy lunch with friends, and spend the afternoon a