Blameless but Suffering Still

There is a suffering that is sometimes thrust upon the blameless, and we seem to be at a loss of reasons for it. It is a rare, repulsive kind of suffering. It rare for the simple reason that, other than infants and severely intellectually impaired persons, it is difficult to…

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,…

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…