How to Approach a Wolf: Part 1

not-to-do-listThere are certain things you should never do. Some such things might be obvious, like don’t stick your head in a lion’s mouth, or perhaps less obvious, like walking and texting at the same time (believe it or not, you can get fined for this in Los Angeles County). I remember growing up, being seven years older than my brother, I had the physical advantage to easily pin him down while holding his hands above his head with one hand, and tickling him mercilessly with the other. Completely helpless, he’d often do the only thing he could do in retaliation – spit.… Continue reading

The Legacy of John Knox

johnknox Why is this blog titled “ParkingSpace23”? Because in the burial plot of the great Reformer, John Knox, now lies under a parking space numbered 23 behind St. Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh. Knox’s grave is marked by a small, oil-stained plaque in the pavement. Nevertheless, although his burial place is less than honorable, his faithfulness to the Word of God has not been forgotten. We wish to continue his legacy of the bold proclamation of the Truth. In this blog, I want to highlight 7 marks of John Knox’s life which we ought to imitate as we seek to honor Christ.… Continue reading

My Open Letter to Mark Driscoll


There has already been a lot of ink spilled out over the last few days regarding your visit to the Strange Fire Conference. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and the Blogosphere has had more people weigh in on what they believe happened than is necessary (The best I’ve read is this one).There’s been so much speculation, accusation and presumption that it’s hard to know what the truth is anymore. So why in the world would I be adding myself into the mixture? Let’s just say, you’ve given me a platform that I never wanted, a unique, first hand perspective.… Continue reading

Strange Fire: to be or not to be?

Tongues as FireWell, today begins the Strange Fire Conference that many, including myself, have been waiting for over the last several months. In fact, if you are reading this post, it probably means that either you are a very dedicated reader of ParkingSpace23, or you are not at the Strange Fire Conference. I think I’ll assume the latter, but no worries! You can still benefit greatly from the conference by watching all the sessions online at the link above. Even better, you can do this from the comfort of your home without the inconvenience of joining the 4000+ attendees here on campus at Grace Community Church in sunny, Sun Valley, CA (yes… I say that with humor)!… Continue reading

What’s in a Name?


Growing up my family were generally all fans of the Buffalo Bills. However, as a young child I saw the Bills lose four straight Super Bowls. So I said to myself, “Why should I be a Bills fan?” Simultaneously, I saw the Dallas Cowboys win three out of four Super Bowls and I said, “I’m a Cowboys fan!” Although, admittedly I started out as one who just jumped on the bandwagon, I have been a Cowboys fan ever sense.

Yesterday the Cowboys beat the Washington Redskins 31-16.

What does the name “Redskin” mean? Generally it just means someone who’s skin is red, aka a Native American or American Indian (see the Oxford Dictionary).… Continue reading