Grant Osborne explains why we read the Bible with our head and heart

“Certainly the emotional feeling within an epistle is an important aspect of its total meaning. In fact, it could be argued that the true meaning is lost without the portrayal of the emotions to guide the interpreter. There is no depth without the personal element, no grasp or feel for a passage without the underlying tone. This is especially essential for the preacher, who wants to lead first himself and then the congregation into the intensity of the text, to awaken those slumbering passions for God and his will that were so essential to early Christian experience but often have been set aside by the pressures of modern life.”

Grant R. Osborne, The Hermeneutical Spiral : A Comprehensive Introduction to Biblical Interpretation (Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2006), 120.

Francis Schaeffer said this in 1970

One of the greatest injustices we do to our young people is to ask them to be conservative. Christianity is not conservative, but revolutionary. To be conservative today is to miss the whole point, for conservation means standing in the flow of the status quo, and the status quo no longer belongs to us…

If we want to be fair, we must teach the young to be revolutionaries, revolutionaries against the status quo.

Francis Shaeffer quoted in Steve Ogne & Tim Roehl, TransforMissional Coaching: Empowering Leaders in a Changing Ministry World (Nashville:  B&H Publishing Group, 2008), 17.

The Biological Advantage of Being Awestruck

“Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!”

Psalm 33:8

The Biological Advantage of Being Awestruck – by @JasonSilva from Jason Silva on Vimeo.

Tips for Sharing Your Faith

This semester at Western Seminary, I’m taking a class called Practicing Evangelism and Apologetics with Dr. Gerry Breshears and Pastor Jim McGuire. At first I wasn’t exactly sure what I should expect from this class and I was a little nervous because evangelism is one of my weaker areas. However, we had our first class session last night and I really enjoyed it. We went around the room and all shared our testimonies. Despite my nervousness, I really appreciated having a chance to intentionally articulate what God has done in my life; it was even better to do so in a safe environment where I could receive advice on how to be more effective. I learned a ton in the class and want to take a few minutes to share some pointers about sharing your testimony. Continue reading Tips for Sharing Your Faith

Where are you going?

It is crucially important to understand the purpose and outcomes you will achieve by accomplishing the goals you have set. The last thing anyone wants is to reach the top of the ladder and discover that it was set against the wrong wall! Many people have very clear intentions and goals and yet have not carefully identified what all the hard work and determination will ultimately yield.

Very often people realize that the goals they have been working so hard to achieve are taking them to a place they don’t really care much about.

Scott Blanchard and Madeleine Homan, Leverage Your Best, Ditch the Rest (New York: William Morrow, 2004), 20.