The Woman, Her Son, and the Dragon

As the title for this post implies, there is a lot packed into the following text. As a result, to cover the ground necessary to connect the textual dots, the post will not focus on either the...

Learning Between the Lines

Learning is quite different than being taught, and I am convinced that I have learned much more than I have been taught during my time at The King's University. Of course, what I have been taught cements...

Podcast: Leaders In Tension: The Difference Between Transparency and Vulnerability

When things don't occur properly at the leadership table, the organization struggles. In this episode of Church InTension, Dr. Jon Chasteen talks with leadership expert Hrishi Baskaran about the importance of vulnerability and the pitfalls of transparency...

Praying Together for Spiritual Renewal and Unity in the Body of Christ

Two of our key core values at The King’s University are that we are United, and that we are Rooted. We aim to live in such a way as to truly come together in mutual support and relationship in...

How Not to Interpret the Bible

Among the hats I wear at The King's University, one is teaching a required undergraduate course called “Biblical Background and Interpretation.” That course is designed teach students how to interpret the Bible and apply it in their...

Podcast: Reviving a Dying Church in Uncertain Times

Pastor Brady Boyd took over New Life Church, whose previous pastor experienced a highly publicized moral failure. Bringing the church back to health would be an uphill battle. That's when disaster struck. A shooter entered the church...

Where in Revelation Does the Woman in Chapter 12 Come From?

Following up on the last post, a telling question to ask is, “Where did the Jewish woman in 12:1-6 come from in the wider flow of the Book of Revelation?” The most obvious textual location to find...

Podcast: Is there Unknown Antisemitism in Your Theology?

The Church is growing rapidly in its understand of its Jewish roots. One big leap took place in Gateway Center for Israel Director Nic Lesmeister's life when he discovered unknown antisemitism in his theology. Find out more...

Is There Antisemitism in Your Theology?

Editor's note: The King's University has announced a new concentration in antisemitism and Jewish Advocacy. “Their rotten and unbending stiff-neckedness deserves that they be oppressed unendingly and without measure or end and that they...

Unexpected Pregnancy and the Church

A few years ago I met a single and pregnant woman named Jordan. She was 19. She joined Embrace Grace, a support group for women with unexpected pregnancies at my church, and she shared her story with...

Podcast: The Church and Unexpected Pregnancy

One in every four pregnancies ends in abortion. Even more shocking? That statistic is the same inside the Church as it is outside. How can the Church help these young women with unplanned pregnancies? In this episode...

Why Christians Don’t Tithe

I believe in tithing. Soon after joining my first church as an adult, I received a membership packet, which included a statement about giving. It read, "As a member of this church, you agree to support this...