• Part 2 Two Extremes of Scriptural Interpretation
    How Did Jesus and His Immediate Followers Interpret Scripture? In the previous paper we explored two extremes to the way Christians read scripture. We explored the history and benefit of the Scripture Alone doctrine, and we also explored the history and benefits of reading the Bible as a historical document. In both cases we looked […]
  • Thirst
    A Good Friday Poem The Cornerstone perfectedOn a hill with olive treesAbandoned by disciplesEach to his own dreamsSweating blood in his distressSays Father if it’s your willWill you take this cup from meNot my will but yours be done Betrayed, marked by a false kissA bleary eyed discipleNow draws sword in his defenseCutting off a […]
  • Joy of Repentance
    Approach repentance with all joy,Through its work, grace is deployedA direct line to the Emperor of all we seeTo ignore it is to live life foolishlyWe have eaten the fruit, tasted our liesIt drips from our chin, it stains our livesCowering in the bushes, dressed in our shameIgnoring the one who is calling our name. […]
  • Identity in Christ
    Bind the darkness, show up to fight Speak His words, shine our light
  • About Metabolizing Gods Word
    Lots of people watch cooking shows without ever putting what they are watching into practice. We sit watching, our mouths thick with saliva, while a master chef grills a filet mignon. He pairs it with just the right wine to complement the flavors and follows the dish with a flaming souffle for dessert. We get […]
  • The Idol is Me
    No, we don’t worship idols in the statesOur civilization is far too greatWe drive cars like palanquinLive in temples with lawns so greenRooms with mirrors, shrines to our corpulence Our highest value is our happy abundance O crapThe idol is me Josh Cushman A few weeks ago I was sitting with some friends from several […]
  • Eat This Book
    Eat This Book is one of my favorite Eugene Peterson books. Eugene Peterson is the translator of the Message Bible. It really impacted my thinking on the way that we read the Bible. He looks at John and Ezekiel who were both told to “Eat this book” and explores the importance of allowing the Bible […]
  • Two Extremes of Scriptural Interpretation
    As Christians, we believe the Bible is the foundational way in which the Creator God has chosen to be revealed. It records the working of God in creation and with humanity, whom He created in His image. The Bible itself records the power of the reading of these words of God. Think of Jeremiah, and […]
  • Life of Worship
    Called to live, not to surviveWhen lifting voice, when lifting a shovelThrough thick and thin, in Christ abideIn rest, in work, in mansion or hovelLiving water springing up insideUnder roof, with God’s holy people On a jobsite with dust and boards On our knees alone, feeling feeble Worship, living as the Lords Rising up on […]
  • Speak Life
    See creative potentialPoint out strengthsEngage conversationallyAsk good questionsKind thoughtful wordsLift up interestsInspire confidenceFind common groundEncourage