Student at SPU. Lover of Jesus. Hopeful cynic. Changed by Christ.
sosnovsken has written 19 posts for Of Jesus and Starbucks

Some Thoughts on Percentages

This weekend I had the opportunity to visit the Occupy movement in Downtown Portland with some friends. It wasn’t a planned visit, but I had a camera and more than a little bit of interest as we were passing by. We ended up staying for several hours taking pictures and talking with different people; essentially finding out what people … Continue reading

To Touch Heart and Mind: Common English Bible Review

The opening title page of the Common English Bible reads, “a fresh translation to touch heart and mind.” Though seemingly a bit cliche, I have found this phrase to be one-hundred percent spot on. When I first heard about the Common English Bible, I had mixed feelings. On one hand, the field of English bible translations is … Continue reading

Dear Pastor Rick

I really like a lot of the things that you have done in the ministry for our Lord. I appreciate many of the things you had to say in Purpose Driven Life, I think you have done an awesome job of spreading the gospel to many, and I was impressed by many of the comments … Continue reading

How Then Shall We Read These Words?

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, … Continue reading

All Shall Be Well

All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well                       -Lady Julian of Norwich So I have to confess, I am more than slightly glad that I didn’t jump on the Love Wins review bandwagon a few … Continue reading

Koinonia (Part II)

“In every place of worship, I want people to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy.” -1 Timothy 2:8 (NLT) In my last post, I discussed some of my frustration with church as I see it happening today. This post will hopefully lay a framework for a ‘model’ of … Continue reading

Koinonia (Part I)

‘Cause i haven’t come for only you but for my people to pursue you cannot care for me with no regard for her if you love me you will love the church -The Church by Derek Webb  Recently, I have been doing a lot of thinking about the church; a sensitive topic, if there ever … Continue reading

Adventures in Missing the Point: Blessings

This post is part one in a three part series that I am going to call, “Adventures in Missing the Point.” This post is on blessing, while the next will cover story, and the last post will be subtitled, “A Meeting With an Old Friend.” The great theologian Frederick Buechner once described vocation as, “the place … Continue reading

I said what!?

Recently in my life I have had the blessing of having very challenging theological discussions in my life; with people that I love and respect very much. I always struggle with the concept of these discussions, because I wonder if sometimes I am focusing too much on my “knowledge” of Christ and not enough on … Continue reading

Reflections On a Year Away

So here I am, sitting at Stell’s burgers and wondering where my year has gone. I’ve met a lot of people this year, tried a lot of new things, and made a lot of memories that I will remember for a long time. Some highlights: -Growing close to my friends from Oregon City. I have … Continue reading