Christians and Homosexuality

In his book ground-breaking research book unChristian, David Kinneman reports that the number one description of Christians by the younger generation today (of those outside the church) is "anti-homosexual," followed not too far by "judgmental" and "hyprocritical." Out of twenty attributes that were assessed, both positive and negative, as they related to  Christianity, the perception of being anti-homosexual was at the top of the list.Read the rest

Dare to be a Daniel

LionDaniel is a interesting book containing six stories followed by four incredible visions. We've also been sharing a series of messages entitled Living in Babylon.

I think Daniel was a remarkable person. As a teenager he was taken from his family in Jerusalem and exiled to Babylon.Read the rest

The Hooding Ceremony


The day before my graduation at Fuller Theological Seminary I attended a Hooding Ceremony. I wasn't sure what this was all about until I got there.

Here is a brief history of the tradition of the 'doctoral hood' …

According to Nancy Stiehler Thurston and Hendrika VanDeKemp, "In the Middle Ages, lecturers and students at European universities were so impoverished that they wore gowns to cover up their worn clothes.Read the rest

Doctor Mark!

Mark Well, I did it. I finished my Doctor of Ministry degree at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Yesterday, I attended the graduation ceremony which was held at the Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, where over 400 people graduated with various degrees (80 from the Doctor of Ministry program), cheered on by friends and family members.… Read the rest

Cooking – from the Amateur Chef

Images-2 I grew up in a home where my mum did all the cooking. Dad and us kids did the dishes and not much else in the kitchen (other than toast, cereal, and the occasional milk shake). When I got married, Nicole did all the cooking and she's good at it too (only two not so good meals in 23 years – but that's a story for another day!).… Read the rest

Book Reading Update

Books (2) I've been reading a few books lately (I love books!). Here are some comments about them:

The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller. This is one of the best books I have read for a while. Keller unpacks the story of the Prodigal Son and shows how it is really a story of two lost sons, or more accurately, of a loving father.Read the rest

Sleep in Heavenly Peace

Sleep Sleep – you've got to love it. However, I was so tired last night that I couldn't get to sleep. My brain was so active … after preaching five times over the weekend and then finishing off the last few edits of a new book I'm writing called Prison Break … my mind was so alive and creative that I got up at midnight and spent an hour outlining two more books I'd like to write.Read the rest

Christian History

Tolkien The Christian History magazine has been an excellent source of information and inspiration about church history and influential people for many decades now. Magazine issues have included articles on people such as John Calvin, St. Augustine, John Wesley, Charles Finney, C.S.Read the rest