What Does it Mean that God is Holy?

God is holy. What is God’s holiness? Often we tend to limit holiness to God’s moral perfection or perfect purity – his absolute goodness. But many Christian thinkers conclude that the meaning of holiness is deeper and wider than that. Holiness, they say, is the core of God’s essential nature…

In Exchange for You

“Would it be worth another’s suffering for you to know God?” This question unsettled me during one of my 2:00 a.m. can’t sleep, praying times. The next morning I saw lots of tweets like this: Though some of the facts about exactly where and when this atrocity took place are…

The Prayer by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

Is It Possible to Pray without Doubting?

Great-grandmother Fannie Lee, on my dad’s side, died in 1968. I was nine. She died long before positive thinking became popular in the late 1990’s and five years after Joel Osteen was born. She was “laid out for viewing” in someone’s parlor. I was mesmerized by the whole viewing event….

Terrors of the Soul

Unrelenting wild beasts that take your soul; Leviathan, the great impenetrable and unhookable, multiple-headed sea monster that generates world-wide havoc; poisonous arrows that sink into your skin; the mighty, muscular, illusive, Behemoth who eats and eats everything in sight and fears nothing; the roar of tsunami waves washing over your…

In Returning and Rest You Shall Be Saved

Our Belief and God’s Glory: Christians are called believers. We must believe to be saved. Saving faith (believing that God is who he says he is and that he has done what he said he has done and will do what he says he will do) is the means of…

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,…