John Van Sloten

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"I Know You"

All of the struggles of these past six months seemed so small — the pain of leaving a church, the incessant theological pushback. None of these things really mattered in comparison with knowing him.

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The Empathy of Christ

We’ve all had moments where we’ve empathetically suffered with others to the point where it really did feel like we’d suffered the loss ourselves. What if Jesus empathized like this all the time?

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Excellence vs. Community?

The moment I have to tell someone that their voice isn’t good enough, or that they’re not called to preach or teach children, my confidence ebbs. Who am I to make those kinds of calls?

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Why Seminaries Need Scientists, Artists, Economists and Athletes on Staff

I understand that seminaries cannot fully teach all of God’s truth in all of the scientific spheres to their students. But by choosing to focus solely/primarily on just one or two of God’s revelatory spheres – the Bible and church tradition – are they not risking a ‘closed shuttered’ isolationism that could lead to idolatry?

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Christ’s Face in a Street Person

Van Gogh once wrote, “I prefer painting people’s eyes to cathedrals, for there is something in the eyes that is not in the cathedral, however solemn and imposing the latter may be – a human soul, be it that of a poor beggar or of a street walker, is more interesting to me.” I will never forget the day I experienced Van Gogh’s truth for myself.

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  • Great observations/article Scott. I'm now working with Ambrose Seminary (on a course on two-book preaching). They're asking all of the same questions you ask here. I'll be passing this article on...