Being an Image-Bearer

Dr. Bruce Fields shared a wonderful story at the Karam Forum in the Spring of this year. Click on this video link to watch his presentation. If you have some thoughts to add to this discussion, please email me at rwalls@agts.edu. I’d love to hear your perspective on this topic.

Sloth or Sabbath?

I have found that the spirit of sloth has been oppressing me for quite some time. It’s the fear of not doing enough and therefore, not being good enough. It’s interesting how everything in our daily lives can, in some ways, be drawn back to how we view ourselves in light of our life and work. We’re filling every day …

Darkside of Pastoring Faith, Work & Economics

I’m concerned that so many pastors have joined the leadership cult. I have an (unprovable) sense there’s a lack of deep theological and exegetical skills in order to teach the scripture. (When I’m around pastors they don’t talk about what the Spirit taught them in the text. They talk about business — I mean — I’m game but I’d like to …

Incarnational Leadership for all

I find myself in this unique place in pastoral ministry. I don’t want to lead. Or better said, I don’t want to overstep my bounds. I’m daunted by the temptation to turn church into more a reflection of my personality than the Kingdom of God. Then I acknowledge to some extent any church can, and almost has to be, a …

Purple Mountains Majesty

I was in Breckenridge, Colorado a few weeks ago. I just couldn’t keep my eyes off the mountains. Peak One, shown in the photo above this blog is the highest of the ten peaks that comprise Tenmile Range. Peak One has the highest ski lift in the U.S., just above 13,000 feet. Each day of the visit my wife, Karen, …

A Nurtured & Nurturing Life…

I’ve recently been thinking about the distinction between human initiative and divine empowerment for a whole-life understanding and practice of Christian discipleship. A balanced perspective on this issue clearly identifies the ebb and flow of engagement and interaction between God and us . We communicate and move toward God, and he responds to us in kind. He also speaks to us …

Hello, my name is Randy and I am a White-Knuckled Christian

The Apostle Paul’s words in Philippians 4 about being a “non-anxious” Christian smack me in the face. Despite my sincere trust in God’s sovereign care over my life, I find myself holding onto things, situations, desires, and needs with a “kung-fu” grip. That stubborn urge within me to be in control of my life causes me to handle things that …

Ten Things to “Teach Them”: Red Letters

Discipleship is not complicated, it’s just HARD.  I remember getting my first “Red Letter” Bible when I was 11.  It was so cool to flip through the New Testament and see all the words of Jesus jumping out from the page!  Seeing his words, and reading the stories was the easy part!  Today, more than five decades later these red …

Spiritual Adventuring

Thank you for your interest in my sabbatical blog! Let me introduce you to my great adventure in this first post. I have been generously granted by the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (where I have been serving for the past eight years as Professor of Biblical Studies and Exposition) a twelve-month release from all teaching and administrative responsibilities (during …