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…

In Returning and Rest You Shall Be Saved

“For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, ‘In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.’ But you were unwilling” (Isaiah 30:15, ESV). Our Belief and God’s Glory: Christians are called believers. We…

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 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…

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…

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…