That Used To Be In My Bible?

4,000,000+ people on YouTube… and countless others across the world are reciting a verse in Church that no longer exists in their Bibles. And most likely, almost none of them are aware of it.

Japanese YA – How the Industry Works Overseas(Part 1)

If you’ve ever had a chance to talk with me or read my Twitter messages in a given week, you probably are already very aware of my love for Japanese fiction. If I’m not tweeting out a book recommendation, I’m reading the soon to be next one. So it was that when the chance to…

The King James Removed Verses?

The King James translators over 400 years ago were no different than those of our modern times. They, like those today, had to make decisions about which manuscripts to trust, which verses to remove and which to add.

Noadiah and the Prophets

Don’t know who Noadiah is? You’re not alone. Almost no one does. But she was one of the most important women of the Bible and still remains important today, especially in light of debates on the role of women in ministry. Sermon preached May 22, 2015 at La Sierra University Church. If God is with…

The Wisdom of Fools

The Parable of the Ten Virgins is one of the most well known and repeated parables by Jesus, yet it is only recorded in the Gospel of Matthew. While popular, it is also deeply disconcerting to many. Were the five virgins who refused to give oil to those that were without truly “wise”? In the…

The Heart of Christianity

“What’s at stake in the question of God’s character is our image of the Christian life. Is Christianity about requirements? Here’s what you must do to be saved. Or is Christianity about relationship and transformation? Here’s the path: follow it. Both involve imperatives, but one is a threat, the other an invitation.” – Marcus Borg

I Don’t Believe Jesus Loves Me

I like to avoid, best I can, saying that I “believe” Jesus loves me. This is not because I am ashamed of it (as if its simplicity were beneath me), quite to the contrary, I am filled with overwhelmed joy at the thought of it. So then why do I avoid saying it? Because, to cut to the point: I don’t believe. I know.

If A Woman Can’t Be Ordained, She Can’t Be Married

Much of the debate that surrounds the topic of Women’s Ordination seems to usually revolve around a single passage in 1 Timothy. However, many have missed a key part of the passage that could change how one approaches this text.

Adventures in Japanese Bookstores

After enjoying a pleasant outing at the beach (and an equally good meal), I later today headed on over to my favorite Japanese bookstore to peruse the latest books and magazines from the land of the rising sun. 日本語本はすごいですね?