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 […]

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 – […]

Rising from the Ashes (Part 1 of 2)

I often marvel at God’s graciousness and wisdom in using our foolishness, lack of foresight, and even sin to His glory. Be it through Scripture, the reading of biographies, or from personal experiences this truth is readily visible to any who would ponder such a thought. Why would a good, pure, and holy God care […]

Love is Jesus (Devotional)

Reading: Genesis 42-3 (Context: The plot returns and refocuses on the disturbing and dysfunctional family of Jacob. They are sent to Egypt to buy food, where they are treated as spies by the mysterious Vice Regent of the Empire. Joseph is not desirous to open-up to them immediately, but desires to test them. When they […]

Worship the God of Wrath (Daily Devotional)

Today’s Reading: Revelation 14-5. (Context: Chapter 14 speaks of the 144,000 Jews set-apart and saved from death during the Tribulation. Chapter 15 speaks of the final sequence of wrath in the Tribulation, before the 2nd Coming of Christ at Armageddon.) As I sit here in my house in Camiri, Bolivia, lightning is crashing onto the hot earth and […]

We Are the Poison (Daily Devotional)

Today’s Reading: Genesis 1-4. When sin entered the world, it didn’t come slowly, or ” grow” on people as they got older. An old man is no more or less a sinner than a baby child. We all carry the same disease, the same poison, and this sin as a lion crouches in us, waiting […]