Ever Change from Carbon to Chlorine-Based? Me Neither…

The day after Thanksgiving, a change came over our house. A small tree decked with lights and decorations appeared in the front window.   Stockings lined up on the hearth.   Various nooks and crannies were surprised to find snowmen and Santas loitering in them. Carols began pouring from the family room stereo. The Christmas…

Equal Glory–Simeon the New Theologian

I know that he who is far outside the whole creation Takes me within himself and hides me in his arms, And then I find myself outside the whole world. I, a frail, small mortal in the world, Behold the Creator of the world, all of him, within myself; And I know that I shall not…

Despising the Lamb: Contempt for Christ in First Samuel

Painting by Johnny Mays, Nationalight Ministries Several years ago, the Lord drew me to the book of First Samuel.  Through the stories in First Samuel, God began to show me pictures of Christ being despised by His own people.  The pictures gave me a small glimpse of the grief the Lord has suffered–and still suffers–for our sakes….

Christology Is Theology

Pantocrator Icon.  This is a common depiction of Jesus among Orthodox Christians.  Jesus is holding the scriptures, which shows that He watches over our doctrine.  Some core Christian doctrines are represented in the icon.  The three fingers on Jesus’s right hand touch to symbolize the Trinity.  Two fingers above slightly overlap; the upper finger represents…

Why I Don’t Fast

I don’t fast. Many Christians extol fasting as a spiritual discipline, a catalyst of spiritual power, and an exercise in humbling oneself.   I understand the reasons others choose to fast, and I respect their convictions. But I don’t fast, and I’d like to tell you why. I don’t share my thoughts to suggest other…

Unleash the Beast!

And he requires everyone…to be given a mark on his right hand or on his forehead,  so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark: the beast’s name or the number of his name.  […] His number is 666 (Rev. 13:16-18). 666 has reared its ugly head in the popular imagination again. Numerous viral…

God O’ballD

The following is a quirky poem I wrote about double-mindedness. *** Right now I wood lyke 2 spell yor nayme with two dees beakuz iyme con-fused without fusion un-one Two without u blown to sub-atomic smithereens (set blender to atom-smasher. Hit bl-end) with ewe confronted with tornadic reinteriordecorating sudden death we(l)dding what a mess pureed…

God’s Grandeur–Gerard Manley Hopkins

  Painting by Patrick Murphy God’s Grandeur The world is charged with the grandeur of God.      It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;      It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod? Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;…

Evening THEN Morning?!?

“And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day” (Gen. 1:5). In the story of creation, have you ever wondered why each day concludes with the words, “And there was evening, and there was morning”?   Wouldn’t a day be morning then evening? Have you especially wondered why this phrase occurs the first day,…

Bobblehead Devil

My wife took my son for a haircut the other day.  The barber had a bobblehead devil decorating her space for Hallowe’en (pictured above).  My son said, “Look!  A hungry guy!”  She chuckled because all my son saw was a guy with two forks.  I mean, what else can you be but hungry if you have…