This is the third post in a series on “Building a Better Devotional.” In this series, I talk about the Christian’s devotional life, and give tips on how to build a better devotional. Other posts in this series can be found here. For more articles related to devotionals and hermeneutics, click the side bar menu under “Devotionals & Hermeneutics.“ […]Read More 5 Methods of Personal Devotionals
This is the first post in a series on “Building a Better Devotional.” In this series, I talk about the Christian’s devotional life, and give tips on how to build a better devotional. Other posts in this series can be found here. For more articles related to devotionals and hermeneutics, click the side bar menu under “Devotionals & Hermeneutics.“ […]Read More Planning and Prioritizing Spiritual “Meal Times”
This past Sunday, Pastor Joey finished preaching on the Song of Songs, a book that we’ve spent the last 10 weeks preaching through (if you’re interested in listening to any of our sermons, they can be found here: http://sunsetchurchsf.org/resources/sermons/sermon-archive-2014). Studying through this book has been both scary and fun; and with it has come lots of […]Read More Applying Old Wisdom to a New Generation: Concluding thoughts on the Song of Songs (OT Part 5)
Our church has been preaching through Song of Songs (or Song of Solomon) for almost 4 weeks now. And almost every week I preach, the days leading up to my sermon are filled with excitement, stress, and confusion (in that order of progression). As Joey (our Lead Pastor) and I talk back and forth about […]Read More "Song of Songs for the Youth?!" Applying Old Wisdom to a New Generation (OT Part 4)
This post is a return to a series of blog posts answering the question, “How should we study the Old Testament?” As our church is beginning a sermon series in Song of Songs and Ecclesiastes for 2014, this post will serve as a primer for studying Wisdom literature in general, and Song of Songs specifically. […]Read More Song of Songs: What does it mean and Why does it matter? (OT Part 3)
Janet (my, now, fiancee) and I love art; modern art, to be exact. But the way we love art is slightly different: I love how the colors come together to form one cohesive picture. I love how an abstract piece of modern art can take on various meanings and significances the longer I gaze upon […]Read More Corrective Lenses: Reading the Bible like we "read" Art? (Part 2 of OT Tactics)
Early on in my faith, during my late junior high and early high school years, I used to have a tiny black Bible I would carry around with me in my back pocket. Being a young believer and hungry to learn, I would mark up that Bible every time I opened it – underlining sentences, […]Read More What are these 39 books for? (Part 1 of Old Testament Tactics)
This week i was sitting and doing my devos, and about halfway through i started realizing something… i don’t like reading the Bible!! …sometimes. As i was reading, i started getting that tired, bored, “i’m sick of doing this!” feeling. and then i thought to myself, “Clark, why do you not enjoy reading the living […]Read More I don’t like reading the Bible… sometimes.