Church Diagnostics: Blind Faith (Letter 2 of 7)

In case you missed it, here is the introduction to this series, as we look into the seven letters written to the seven churches in Revelation 2-3. My attempt is to harmonize the letters with Church History as well as to use it as a sort of diagnosis on today’s churches, looking at the possible pitfalls […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Hospital for Sinners (Devotional)

Reading: Hebrews 13:12-4   I spent the last two weeks, almost three, in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. It was a nice time full of new opportunities, as I went primarily to teach Church History over two weeks at “Etnos”, a NTM Training School, yet also preached at several churches on the weekends. Yesterday morning I spoke at […]

Orthodoxy: Dry, Outdated Religiosity?

I recently (today!) finished a very good book by Alister McGrath named Heresy: A History of Defending the Truth. Being a great admirer of this writer’s ample knowledge and writing ability, I was eager to read this book, as it deals with heresy on not only a historical, but a theological and philosophical level. I […]

“Lord, Command What You Will, and Will What You Command” (Devotional)

Today’s Reading: Matthew 14 (Context: The death of John the Baptist is followed by a very full day of work for Jesus, as he heals, teaches, and does awesome mind-bending miracles). The beheading of Jesus’s cousin, John the Baptist, is recounted in Matthew 14, detailing the power-struggle and proud nature in the Galilean Herod Antipas’ […]

The God of the Improbable (Daily Devotional)

Today’s Reading: Genesis 12-3. (Context: Abram, previous to his later name change, is called-out by God to be the father of the world’s most important and impressive people group, the Jews.) Throughout Genesis, the chronology is both fast-forwarded and very broad. Names and places, events and natural disasters fly by at break-back speed. The time slows and the […]

Will You Forever Regret It? (Daily Devotional)

Today’s Reading: Genesis 7. Imagine loosing virtually everything you know as “normal” in a single day. It happened to Noah, and similar things are planned for the future of this world. We are now scientifically able to see what happened on that long-predicted and often laughed-at day (before and now). Noah probably had doubts as […]

Are We “Totally Depraved”? (Daily Devotional)

Today’s Reading: Genesis 5-6. For quite some time the phrase “totally depraved” gave me shudders, and I kept saying “that can’t be right”. Well, I realized later that the concept was right, but the wording was wrong. Calvinists define totally depravity as the inability of a person to do good at all without God. That part […]