Good Grip

Hebrews 5 continues talking about Jesus, our high priest, who sympathizes with our weaknesses.  Other high priests could be compassionate since they were weak like those they ministered to; they also needed sacrifice to repair their relationship with God. Jesus was not fallen; He wasn’t subject to a nature that is prone to sin.  He…

Dream Sonnet IV

The last few posts have been a series of sonnets. Each contains biblical imagery or themes with an inward rather than outward connection. My aim was to give them a dream-like quality. I hope people have enjoyed them or least found them an intriguing diversion. Here are links to the previous three sonnets: Dream Sonnet…

Dream Sonnet III

This is the third in a series of sonnets. (Read the first here and the second here). My aim was to create a dream-like quality by connecting images inwardly more than outwardly. To me, using a structured form like the sonnet was an interesting contrast to the less structured content. III. Wandering over fields, a…

Dream Sonnet II

In my last post, I explained I was sharing a series of sonnets comprised of images that are connectedly inwardly moreso than outwardly. This is the second in the series and evokes different biblical themes than the first. I hope it will be a blessing 😊 II. There’s a city in the clouds. A man…

Dream Sonnet I

Not long ago, I finished a series of sonnets. I wanted to write some poems with biblical images whose connection was inward more than outward. I hoped they would have a dream-like quality. As I started working on them, I thought it would be interesting to juxtapose the non-linear imagery with a traditional form. I…

His Voice in My Heart

Some years ago I came across a blog entitled, “Wordscroll.” I noticed immediately that this blog was different; the posts were all written in first person as words from God. Now, I’ve hung around charismatic and pentecostal circles for a long time and heard lots of “words” before. Some have been rich with the Holy…

Rest (Part Two)

Please read part one first *** The same invitation is extended to us who hear the gospel: believe that Jesus finished purification for sin and did all that was necessary to bring us to God; believe that Jesus has been provided to us as our very life and is everything we need for life and…

Rest (Part One)

Faith and rest are the big ideas in Hebrews three and four.  Chapter three is concerned with the rest God offered His people in the land He prepared for them.  Deuteronomy describes the land as having “large and beautiful cities you did not build, houses full of every good thing that you did not fill…

Out of Weakness

“…who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight” (Heb. 11:33-34, ESV). On Easter Sunday, before church, I was thinking about how weak I feel…

What Is This Thing Called Love?

The following is a column I had published in the religion section of our local paper. It ran about 7 years ago but has been on my heart, so I thought I’d share it. *** Love….  What is it?  I’m told it’s in the air.  The Beatles say it’s all you need.  Some say, “Make…