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,…

Detail of the Verduner altarpiece in Klosterneuburg, Austria by Nicholas of Verdun

Salvation Belongs to The Lord

I just finished reading Tullian Tchividjian’s book Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels. The book is an interesting, insightful, and helpful commentary on the book of Jonah. The author is the pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and the…

How to Counsel Friends & Family

Anne Dutton (1692-1765) wrote letters to her family, friends, and associates to encourage them and give them counsel. I know there are at least eight volumes of these letters, maybe more. Briefly, Anne was the wife of an English Baptist minister. Her writing ministry corresponded…

Four Wrong Responses to the Gospel Call

Jonathan Edwards, most noted in literature for his sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,”  and in history for his part in the revival known as “The Great Awakening,” is still regarded as one of America’s greatest thinkers. I love Edwards’ sermons. He…

Stereotyping and the Sovereignty of God

If you want to read this, but only have a few seconds, scroll down and start reading at “The point of this blog.” A bit of history Stereotyping, I found out, was originally coined as a printing word.  Before stereotyping, printers used wooden blocks with…

U.S. Coast Guard Swimmer & Helicopter 2014 Photo

Saved! From What?

I grew up in a rural Southern Baptist church where, at the end of the service, you were invited to “come forward” and “be saved.”  As a child, I did not think it strange to speak of someone in our church or community as ‘saved’…