IN A FEW WORDS

Hi! I'm Jeremy, a twenty-something writer, thinker, and husband. With one foot in a political world and another in seminary, this is a place where I work through life.
Who I am: Born and raised in Southern California. Christ-follower. Political junkie. History lover. Book enthusiast. Writer extraordinaire. Stand-up desk guy.
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  • MOVIES

    WHAT I WATCH

    Gladiator, Braveheart, Glory, Patton, LOTR, Star Wars. You know, the usual suspects. If I need to feel inspired: Amazing Grace. If I need to cry like a baby during Christmas: It’s a Wonderful Life. Give me a solid story with good overcoming evil and I’m sold!

  • MUSIC

    WHAT I LISTEN

    I’m all over the map when it comes to music. Jazz, Classic Rock, Classical, Swing, and Electronic are all my genres of choice. Music from Tchaikovsky to Duke Ellington, Zeppelin to U2, Glenn Miller to Daft Punk.

  • TEXT

    WHAT I READ

    I came up with a list of 10 books that I have shaped who I am from both contemporary and classic literature. Please Understand Me, Surprised by Hope, Mere Christianity, Happiness is a Serious Problem, Four Love Languages, The Post American World, Blue Like Jazz, Team of Rivals, Farenheit 451, and Decision Making and The Will of God

Skills // Writing, Editing, Social Media. In addition to Nunchaku skills, Bowhunting skills, and Computer hacking skills.

**Articles and Essays- Coming Soon!**

About this Blog // Theology is more than just a stale ivory tower experience. Theology is the application of the Bible to all areas of life. My musings will be broad, touching everything from leadership to doctrinal issues to church dynamics to life issues. This is where seminary education hits the road and where the ivory tower is left vacant for the open public square.

  • MONDAY MORNING PRAYER 12.21.15

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Liturgy

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    Every Monday, I run a series on this blog that bring written prayers that I have found encouraging.  It is my hope these written prayers will help encourage you at the start of each week and they might draw you closer to Jesus.  You can find the whole collection here.

    And Mary said,

    “My soul magnifies the Lord,

         and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

    for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.

       For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;

    for he who is mighty has done great things for me,

       and holy is his name.

    And his mercy is for those who fear him

       from generation to generation.

    He has shown strength with his arm;

       he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;

    he has brought down the mighty from their thrones

       and exalted those of humble estate;

    he has filled the hungry with good things,

       and the rich he has sent away empty.

    He has helped his servant Israel,

       in remembrance of his mercy,

    as he spoke to our fathers,

       to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”

    Luke 1:46-55

     

  • HOPE AND UNMET EXPECTATIONS

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Liturgy

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    The Christian faith speaks into a world marked by suffering.  It also speaks into a world marked with unmet desires.  It speaks into a world marked by working harder—often for little solid gain.  It speaks into both our dark moments and in the triumphant mountain top experience.

    It speaks by confirming the words of Jeremiah by a person embodying the long hoped for longing of Jeremiah: “the LORD is our righteousness (Jer 33:16).”

    However, it is not in my righteousness that I cling to, but the righteousness of Jesus.  And he suffered in the darkness of unmet desires while thriving in righteousness.

    In Luke 13, we read Jesus’ lament,

    “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it!  How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!”

    Jesus cried out in the Garden of Gethsemane in Luke 22, ”Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”

    Jesus experienced unmet expectations and hope in the faithfulness of God.  In fact, we’re told that he rejoices when we rejoice and weeps when we weep.  Jesus offers us remarkable hope, a hope that is tangible.  A hope that has meat on its bones.

    As the Christmas hymn, A Virgin Unspotted, relays this hope:

    A Virgin unspotted the Prophet foretold,

    Should bring forth a Saviour which now we behold,

    To be our Redeemer from Death, Hell and Sin,

    Which Adam’s transgression involved us in.

    Then let us be Merry, put Sorrow away,

    Our Saviour, Christ Jesus, was born on this day.

    As we journey through the remainder of this Advent season, sit through the hope, even if it is too dark to see.  When sorrows hit, remember God experienced our pains.  He experienced our sufferings.  Even in seasons of unmet expectations, there is a glimpse of hope in the one who experienced unrealized expectations.

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  • MONDAY MORNING PRAYER 12.14.15

    AUTHOR: // CATEGORY: Liturgy

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    Every Monday, I run a series on this blog that bring written prayers that I have found encouraging.  It is my hope these written prayers will help encourage you at the start of each week and they might draw you closer to Jesus.  You can find the whole collection here.

    If indeed it be necessary, O Lord, to bury the workman that my work may be finished by other hands.  Help me never to think of myself as indispensable.  May I be content to die with my work undone, knowing that my task is to work at the fulfillment of your purposes, not to work them out.

    -Anonymous


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