Name Your GodEveryone has a God, if by God it is simply meant "supreme value driving life's decisions." What drives you? What do you delight in above all else? What would you refuse to sacrifice? What would you die for? Is it Self? Entertainment? Food? Family? Work? Approval? Fortune? Enlightenment? Friends? Cars? Toys? Sex? Sexual… Continue reading Who, What, Where is Your God?
What rule hath God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him? The Word of God, which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him. (Westminster Shorter Catechism, 1648, Question 2) The Scriptures of… Continue reading What Rule Hath God Given?
Man's chief end is to glorify God, and enjoy him forever. (The Westminster Shorter Catechism, 1648, Question 1). To Glorify God For from him and through him and to him are all things. - Romans 11:36 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living… Continue reading What is the Chief End of Man?
Introduction to the 70 Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards The purpose of this series, as laid out in the introduction (linked above) is to try and glean wisdom from Edwards' life and piety and then apply it to our own circumstances. With each resolution, I'm going to just briefly comment and then reflect and apply to… Continue reading The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards, 1-2
"Prayer meeting this Sunday, before service!" Eek. Before service? As in, even earlier than normal? Why would I do that? I wouldn't. And here are at least five reasons why I wouldn't. First I have a long and fruitful track record of rousing myself to prayer, especially first thing in the morning when I awake into another… Continue reading Five Arguments Against Prayer Meetings
I'm going to make two lists. Then you'll read them and identify more with one of them. The key word is more. These are generalities. Read them as such. Christian A Has a favorite sports team and knows the players, statistics, coaches, etc. by memory but does not have the same volume of scripture… Continue reading The Pitiable Christian
Contingency: occurring or existing only if certain circumstances are the case. Similar terms: dependent, conditional, subject to, controlled by, hanging on. The Independent, unchanging, unconditional One The Bible opens with, “in the beginning, God created..”. Throughout scripture we see the implications of this statement, that God alone created everything that is created. Nothing exists outside of… Continue reading Christians Must Understand Contingency
I've long wondered how to rightly think of the imprecatory psalms. This term imprecatory, in case you're unfamiliar, is a late middle English word that means to speak evil towards someone. And a Psalm is a sacred song or prayer. So then, imprecatory psalms are sacred songs or prayers speaking evil (or harm) towards someone. What the… Continue reading Learn to Love Imprecatory Psalms
Some people (read: even Christians) look puzzled when I talk about how badly I'm dying for Sunday to arrive. I want to go to church more than I want to do just about anything else, (usually). I wasn't raised in church and so this behavior certainly doesn't come from tradition. It doesn't come from obligation. It… Continue reading Learn to Love the Sabbath
Much has been said about suicide. Every culture has its own beliefs, filling every nook and cranny and ranging from honorable to dishonorable. The culture (or sub-culture) I’m most concerned with today is the Christian culture. Update: This is the part where I tell you I’ve wrote quite a lengthy article but have decided to… Continue reading Christian Suicide, Tension, and Verdict
Resolution: a firm decision to do or not to do something. Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) recorded 70 resolutions, self-imposed agreements to help manage his whole life, from his thoughts to his words to his eating and sleeping. By today's standards, most Christian's would balk at such a high standard of piety and probably cry "Legalism!" or "Get… Continue reading The 70 Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards
Visitor Best dress, collar pressed Dirty steeple, faceless people Discard connect card Confession Desperate wailing Propitiation secured Undeserved grace Conversion Ten ton emptiness Breathlessness gives way to hope For freedom, set free Let me know what you think!
I don't know why but I've started to write poetry as well as draw. Maybe it's a mid-life crisis? Who cares? Here's a few Haiku for you, with a bonus Senryu. Haiku Isaiah Coal pressed to the lip Eternity is revealed Behold the throne room Prophesy Say to the dry bones I will make breath… Continue reading Hello, Haiku.
You've heard it before, "I just never thought it would happen to me". We say this when we win the lottery, and when we're struck with tragedy. "Time flies. You'll regret that when you're older. Kids grow up so fast. No church is perfect. People will let you down." All true. And yet, somehow, we… Continue reading When They Leave You, God is There
Doctrinal Lines and Gospel Essentials As more time goes by in my Christian life, the more convinced I have become of certain doctrinal truths. I'm fully convinced I will never change my view on some of these truths, as I believe they are clearly displayed in the full biblical message. Some people disagree with me… Continue reading Doctrinal Disagreement