After nearly two years of battling lymphoma, my friend asked to return home from the hospital and died two days later. I had prayed countless times for God to grant remission of the cancer. My family had prayed. Gary’s wife and family prayed. Our church family prayed. We all believed that God would be most…Continue reading Why Doesn’t God Answer My Prayers?
I recently attended a conference on faith, work, and economics sponsored by the Kern Foundation’s Economic Wisdom Project in Phoenix, AZ. It was nice to be in 75 degree weather but even better was the valuable input from pastors and seminary professors who gathered from around the United States. The themes of the Project are…Continue reading Reflections on the Faith, Work, and Economics Conference
As a seminary professor, I hear testimonies of “calling” all the time. “I am at seminary because I have been called to __________.” Sometimes the calling is very specific: “I have been called to youth ministry in suburban Portland.” Or, “I have been called to be a missionary.” Other times, the calling is vague: “I…Continue reading What the Bible Actually Says About “Calling”
In response to last week’s blog, there was some activity as to what it means to “believe.” This is the really crucial question. I am starting to see more of a connection between the first part of John 3 (“enter the kingdom,” “born again”) and the latter part (“believe”). But while I am thinking about…Continue reading What Does It Mean to Believe?