History on the Side

As you might notice, the title of my blog is Jesus at the Center. However, it occurred to me this week that I am rarely writing specifically about Jesus. I largely attribute that to a change in my interests and foci in the writing. When I began this blog, I wanted to focus primarily on…

Mutuality & Authority

I am currently working on a research project highlighting the similarities and differences between the early Methodist Episcopal Church and the modern multisite church planting movement. I actually believe the models share a great deal of similarities, but they do have distinct differences. One of the reasons that they both share significant similarities are due…

Optional Chips and Dip

I’ve been reading N.T. Wright’s How God Became King and I came across a great quote I would like to share: As an American friend of mine put it, most Western churchgoers treat the gospels as the optional chips and dip at the start of the evening. They are the cocktail nibbles. Only after that…

Jesus Descended Where?

Have you ever spoken the following words? I believe… and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried: He descended into hell; The third day he rose again from the dead; He ascended into…

The Radical Inclusivity of Jesus

Over the last several weeks (and even months), I have been thinking about how revolutionary Jesus’ teachings were in his culture. They’re even revolutionary in our culture, today. I think it’s easy for us to look back at the Gospels and say, “Oh, that was a good thing that Jesus did, but it’s not that…

Jesus: Single or Married?

Was Jesus married? This is a question that puzzles many people and has for many centuries. Stories such as The Da Vinci Code create a narrative that imply that Jesus could have been married. However, we can’t find any passages of Scripture that seem to indicate that Jesus was married. I believe it is a…

Moby & the Gospels

I grew up in a fairly conservative evangelical Christian setting. It was during these formative years that I learned how to quote the Scripture from the King James Bible, came to know Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior (sixteen times), and fell asleep every night in utter fear of a pending apocalypse. I believe…