Another Blow at Self-Righteousness

In his December 16, 1860 sermon, A Blow at Self-Righteousness, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the “Prince of Preachers,” noted that, Tens of thousands of sermons have been preached against self-righteousness, and yet it is as necessary to turn the great guns of the law against its walls to-day as ever it was. So…

Hearing Voices

Long, long ago on some far gone day, God spoke to his people in a mysterious way. Secular Groups for People Who Hear Voices There are groups, I learned from a Ted Talk, whose mission is to help people who hear voices. Intervoice and The Hearing Voices Network are two such secular…

Ariel

In Disney’s version of The Little Mermaid, Ariel is the recipient of both her father’s favor and wrath. In chapter 29 of Isaiah’s prophetic oracles, “Ariel,” the city who experiences both God’s wrath and favor, is a pseudonym for Jerusalem or Zion. In his commentary, The Prophecy of Isaiah, J….

The Monotony of Destruction: A Poem

The Monotony of Destruction Year after year, year after year, preach after preach, preach after preach, word after word, word after word, a little sight, a little light,   Year after year, year after year, beer after beer, beer after beer, sip after sip, sip after sip, a little haze,…

Dark Ages by Michal Osmenda

My First Short Story Ever

Below is my first completed short story ever – 1978 words if you want to know how short. I share this story for three reasons. Personal Challenge First of all, I share it because I want to take my own challenge in the Creating Art from Theology: Artist’s Guide to “produce art…

What the Satanic Monument Could Show Us About Worship

I’m sure most everyone has read or heard in last week’s news that the Satanic Temple proposed a seven-foot tall monument to be placed beside the Ten Commandments Monument currently residing at Oklahoma’s state capitol. For those who haven’t see it already, the proposed monument portrays a winged, horned, goat-faced,…

Times Square and The Begotten Son

We both grew up in rural Alabama. Neither of us, me nor my husband, had ever stepped foot in New York City. But years of watching televised images of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop impressed upon our minds a magical image of New…

Do Our Future Times Already Exist?

Right now, people in the Philippines are reeling in the devastating aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (a.k.a. Typhoon Yolanda) Before the typhoon, throughout the Philippines, up to 400,000 women and 100,000 children were caught in the bondage of human trafficking. According to HumanTrafficking.org most who are being trafficked are transported from…

A Revenged Injury is Not an Endured Injury

In his sermon on verse 4 of 1 Corinthians 13, which I recommend if you want to delve deeper into what it means to love God and neighbor, Jonathan Edwards discusses the Apostle Paul’s words, “Charity suffereth long and is kind.” Or, in more modern language, “Love is patient and kind.” Edwards explains that…

The Naive Believes Everything

If you set them up just right, the last domino will fall. Of course this is all joy for Michael, my grandson, who is not yet two and who, with no intent to understand the laws of physics at play here, intently watches the process just once. I almost set…