Water Baptism

Baptism Saves You!

Scripture is so full of beauty, wonder, teaching, truth, and application; yet it also has it’s fair share of “hard passages”. 1 Peter 3:18-22 is one of them and so I want to delve into the passage in order to answer the strange proposition Peter seems to teach – “Baptism…now saves you”. We will also […]

Pie Night

Heaven: Our Great Dichotomy

Heaven is our soul’s greatest longing and its’ single worst fear. Our utmost longing for we can sometimes glimpse its’ shadow in the deep notes of a cello, in the glorious colors of a sunset by the sea, and in the eagle’s graceful flight, as it soars into the wind. Yet heaven is also our […]

Seattle Seahawks v Atlanta Falcons

The True Warrior

I love sports – the grit, the passion, and the dedication it takes to succeed is truly remarkable. To recognize the relentless drive to achieve a glittering trophy, the final push beyond oneself to reach for the gold, and the subsequent heart-felt weeping of them who fail. For all the admiration and fame it receives, […]

Roquefort Cheese

Roquefort and Boils – Socially Unacceptable Poems

To follow are two fun and “socially unacceptable” poems (especially the second one!) that I’ve really enjoyed lately. You might want your dictionary handy though. Roquefort Cheese by author unknown; taken from Heart Throbs, 1904 “Roquefort cheese is made in France from the milk of a certain breed of sheep, which are fed on wild thyme, and […]

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More Friend Than Any Friend

There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship. – Thomas Aquinas A curious idea started forming in my mind as I read Song of Solomon 5:16 – “His mouth is most sweet, and he is altogether desirable. This is my beloved and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.” Here the woman […]

Waiting for Rain

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 […]

No Saint Without A Past

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 […]