A Terrible and Wonderful Longing

The chief goal of humankind can be summed-up in a search for two things: to be eternally loved and eternally happy. The ultimate purpose of religion, philosophy, and utopian ideals is the grandiose promise to achieve this end. It is not only religion, philosophy, and utopian ideals which try and bring us love and happiness, for […]

There Is No Saint Without a Past

One of my favorite concepts in the Bible is found in this little snippet of James,  “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours” (5:17a, ESV). The KJV expresses the words “nature like ours” as meaning he was “subject to like passions as we are.” The context is prayer, saying that if a man like Elijah […]

Emmanuel: Making a Masterpiece

Listen to this while you read – Instrumental of “What Child is This?” :    It’s Christmas, a season known for the frenetic shopping in malls and stores, of families decorating the Christmas tree, and the rich smells of melted chocolate and home cooking migrating out of the kitchen. Surely Christmas Day is the most […]

The Revealer of Mysteries

Deuteronomy 29:29 is undoubtedly one of the most intriguing verses in the Bible. Before I explain why, let’s take a look at the context of the verse. Deuteronomy 28 (the theme continues into chapter 29) is well known as Moses’ sermon on blessings and curses – God would greatly bless them if they obeyed His Law, but […]

Warrior, King, and Peacemaker

Reading: Psalm 46 This morning as I write, there are some extremely controversial nuclear negotiations going on in Geneva, Switzerland. The US is backing what Israel terms a “bad deal” with Iran to allow it to continue building nuclear weapons aimed at annihilating Israel. Many attempt to ignore Iran’s true desires in the name of […]

“Et tu, Brute?” (Part 2 of 2)

In case you missed it, here is Part 1. (Context: In looking at the concept of betrayal and treason, we look at the famed story of the Judas’ Kiss, focusing in on whether or not Judas would’ve been seen as a traitor before the event took place. The significance of this is great, for if he […]

“Et tu, Brute?” (Part 1 of 2)

Reading: Psalm 41. In Julius Caesar, of the most famed plays by William Shakespeare, he embellishes the treacherous killing of Caesar by his senators. The last words to come from Caesar’s mouth, according to Shakespeare, were “Et tu, Brute?” translated as “You also, Brutus?” or “You too, Brutus?” Brutus had come close to the Roman leader, becoming […]

A Benign, Loving Dictator

Reading: Psalm 33 While reading through Psalm 33 this morning, verses 4 and 5 brought to mind a curious question which one of my students asked me last week. Over the past two weeks I taught Christian Worldview & Apologetics – why do we believe what we believe & how do we defend it rationally & Biblically – […]