How to Begin with God

If Matthew chapters 1 and 2 are an encapsulation and re-enactment of the drama of the Old Testament, Matthew 3 begins where the Old Testament left off. John the Baptist is the promised Elijah who would warn the people before the “great and terrible day of the LORD.” (Malachi 4:5) The elements of Malachi 4 […]

God’s People, of a Tenuous, Unbreakable Thread of Hope

Matthew 2:7-12, 19-23 The people of God arise from faith in the promises of God.  God’s promises are certain.  They are also tenuous, thin, fragile, and delicate.  Like a thread connecting two things, the connection is a thin as it is real.  As God’s promises are, so also are His People.  The whole of Matthew […]

What Does Glory Look Like? Exodus 33:12-23

Chesterton says that most philosophies create virtue through moderation of passions.  A person attempts to manage his personality by neither becoming too angry or too joyful.  This calm demeanor is seen as a virtue. Christianity, Chesterton argues creates virtue through a conflict between two passions.  Exodus 34:5-9 we find these blazing opposites within the person […]

Pentecost: A Commemoration of Future Events

Commemorating Future Events If I were to tell you “in this day, twelve hundred years from today, a very important man will be born.  I think we should declare a holiday in his honor.” How would you respond?  You would probably think I was nuts.  God, however, can do this sort of thing.  That is […]

Falsely Called Freedom Part 7: A Summary of Libertarian Process

The rise of complex conspiracy theories has divided our country.  There is a counter narrative, known only to a select few who insist that reality can only be known when interpreted through this narrative.  The result is that their choices and statements seem counterintuitive, at best, to others.  Ironically, behind Q-anon, Pizza-gate, and Obama-gate is […]