March 27, 2016

A King of the Jews, Pagan Magi, and God’s Radical Inclusivity

A King of the Jews, Pagan Magi, and God’s Radical Inclusivity

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who is born King of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east, and have come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:1–2, WEB)

We’ve heard this story so many times, it’s tempting to just skim over it. King Herod is the bad guy. The wise men are the good guys. On to the next part! But if we do that, we’ll be missing something important. Let’s take a closer look at these characters.

March 14, 2016

Trouble I’ve Seen by Drew Hart (Book Review)

Trouble I’ve Seen by Drew Hart (Book Review)

Drew Hart’s Trouble I’ve Seen is forcing me to do some hard thinking, and that’s always a good thing. I’m still trying to process and make sense of everything Hart has to say. The subtitle of the book is Changing the Way the Church Views Racism, and if Hart is right, then I definitely have a lot to change in my own perspectives.

I absolutely agree with the thrust of the book’s message. Racism is very real and very much alive, and we as the church need to address it. But Hart defines and explains racism in ways I’ve never heard of before.