So Long, Baylight, and Thanks for All the Blessings

Last Sunday was the farewell party for Baylight Church Community, a place I considered my spiritual home for a good chunk of my adult years. For something that existed for about 11 years, it ended with some good food and old friends. In a way, it was fitting, but in another way, I think I’m still . . . → Read More: So Long, Baylight, and Thanks for All the Blessings

Translating 2 Cor 5:17 – “he is a new creation” or “there is a new creation”?

I got floored with a new insight in preparing for a sermon on 2 Corinthians 5:11-17 last Sunday. In verse 17, the translations I’ve always read said something like this: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.” (see the 1984 NIV, ESV, NASB, HCSB, and others). However, when doing some study on this . . . → Read More: Translating 2 Cor 5:17 – “he is a new creation” or “there is a new creation”?

A Doubly Sad Day for Cupertino

I grew up in Cupertino, so naturally, any time I see my hometown’s name, I jump. Like when it got brief screen in Forrest Gump when he buys some stock in a “fruit company.” So when the news arrived that Steve Jobs passed away at the age of 56, I was shocked and saddened at the . . . → Read More: A Doubly Sad Day for Cupertino

The Biblical Story Line in One Paragraph

Right now I’m reading through Douglas Moo’s article “Nature in the New Creation: New Testament Eschatology and the Environment,” and I ran across this summary of what he calls his “brief and admittedly simplistic” rendition of the “larger biblical story line”:

The first humans, created in God’s image, failed to obey the Lord their God and brought ruin . . . → Read More: The Biblical Story Line in One Paragraph

We Shouldn’t Need the Terms “Fair Trade” and “Organic”

All the rage right now—especially in places like San Francisco—are organic and fair trade foods. Take a stroll through your local supermarket and you’ll find sections dedicated to organic fruits and vegetables, organic tea options, fair trade teas, coffees, and chocolates, organic milk, or hormone-free organic chicken. “Organic” means you’re getting healthy, wholesome foods that were . . . → Read More: We Shouldn’t Need the Terms “Fair Trade” and “Organic”