Indelible Grace

The cold and lifeless air of a tomb is a haunting memory. What is perhaps more disturbing is its insisting refrain in the life of the believer. The Bible says the devil prowls like a lion, preying to devour you (1 Peter 5:8); but sometimes it comes as a hiss from the forked tongue of … Continue reading Indelible Grace

The needy and the Needless

I was at a service. Free spirited, very indie like a lot of ubiquitously admired church movements of our generation. But someone said something on the mic that was terribly exposing. "I can hear God saying: I need you" In specific, "there are places where I need and have use of you." I was coincidentally … Continue reading The needy and the Needless

Look Where My Chains Are Now

3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But … Continue reading Look Where My Chains Are Now

Bon Appétit

The ruddy psalmist descends into the Valley of Elah with nothing but a sling. Confident, focused and with his eyes on the Heart of God, a young David arrays himself to back up some big talk: "Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that dares to defy the armies of the Living God?" Epic. I mean absolutely, … Continue reading Bon Appétit

The Rose of Sharon

There's this idiom of sorts in rabbinical Judaism that I really appreciate and learned on my Bible by YouVersion's catalogue of bible reading plans. (7 More Hebrew words you should know.) The interpretation of Scripture was modeled or arrayed after the acronym PaRDeS, which is the Hebrew word for garden. Peshat: the topical/surface or direct … Continue reading The Rose of Sharon