What Paul Means By “Preach the Word”

Since writing for school has taken over writing for the blog, I thought I’d pass on a couple projects that would benefit more than one (professorial) reader. These are the questions I examined for my term paper in New Testament Interpretation at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. This was one of my most satisfying assignments because Continue reading “What Paul Means By “Preach the Word””

Considering Evil and God’s Goodness

Since writing for school has taken over writing for the blog, I thought I’d pass on a couple projects that would benefit more than one (professorial) reader. I wrote this paper last semester for my Evangelism and Discipleship class at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and titled it, “A Theory of Evil.” I need to thank my friend Alex Bennett for his critical feedback on this paper: I know that we still disagree on many of my claims, but your input was insightful, was gracious, and pushed me to think more deeply this semester.

Considering Evil and God’s Goodness

Three Moves

Given the apparent evil in our world, how can anyone believe there is a good god in this universe with any amount of control over the situation? At first, this seems like a question particular to theists, but all worldviews are challenged to account for the apparent tragedy in our world.

Theists are hard-pressed by this specific question. As one reporter wrote in the wake of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, “If God is God, he’s not good. If God is good, he’s not God.”[1] This is an elegant statement of the theist’s problem. However, Continue reading “Considering Evil and God’s Goodness”

Grocery Store Ethics and Five Reasons They Belong in Church

I wrote this paper last semester for my Christian Ethics class at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and titled it, “Should Preachers Preach on Ethical Eating?”. Since writing for school has taken over writing for the blog, I thought I’d pass on a couple projects that would benefit more than one (professorial) reader. As I researched this paper, I learned a lot about our food and where it comes from. It’s changed our personal eating habits and will probably show up in my ministry in the church from time to time. 

Photo by Blink. Smatch Supermarket, Deerlijk, Belgium. Public domain. 5 June 2006.

Grocery Store Ethics and Five Reasons They Belong in the Church

Introduction

We all eat. For preachers, eating can be the only time of rest in a day full of good, faithful, and fruitful activities.  It’s hard enough to find affordable, convenient, healthy, and delicious food; the last thing we need is for someone add “responsible” to the list and make our hard won dinnertime an ethical minefield. Yet, the “organic” signs over the apples suggest a growing conversation in our culture, one preachers should heed for two reasons: First, Continue reading “Grocery Store Ethics and Five Reasons They Belong in Church”