In a lot of ways, life unfolds like a card game. You don’t get to decide which cards you are given… but you do get to decide how you’re going to play them. Students often ask me why I do what I do – and it has everything to do with where I’ve come from. When I look back over my life, it’s clear to me that God gave me the cards He did for a good reason. I’d like to share with you how those cards have led me to where I am today… and why I’ve been blessed to spend my entire adult life serving as a youth minister/chaplain to some incredible young people. [Read more…] about God stacked the deck in my favor
When Frozen came out last winter, I was a little late to get to see it (I didn’t actually watch the movie all the way through until about 6 months after it’s release. For a father of two little girls, this may be a serious sin!) I was duly impressed, and I can understand why so many compared the quality of what they had in Frozen to The Lion King – both movies do an exceptional job at moving their audiences. Both also grab onto core themes from our Christian faith. While The Lion King retells the story of Moses (both are princes who flee to the desert, fearing the punishment they are owed for the death of another – and their return is inspired by an encounter with their Father’s), Frozen, grabs onto the story of salvation history: the story we celebrate over Easter weekend.
The Old Testament is a book filled with rich imagery and many of the seeds of the faith we proclaim as Christians. Our whole study up to this point has been an examination of many of foundation pieces God laid in our story: promises which impacted the immediate and long-term future not only of Israel, but of all humanity. But if the story had ended with the last book of the Old Testament… much of this was not yet fulfilled. While God hadn’t flooded the world again (as promised to Noah), the universal blessing promised to Abraham or the perpetual reign of a descendant of King David were still very much up in the air. In the case of the promise to David, the generations which follow his son, Solomon, were rank with corruption; they saw the kingdom being split in two, invasion, and eventually exile.
But with Jesus comes the fulfillment of these promises and so many more. St. Paul writes that: For in him every one of God’s promises is a “yes” (2 Corinthians 1:20). [Read more…] about Unfolding Scripture: The New Covenant