This morning the Lord was with us in Sunday School in a special way. The teacher was describing from Jeremiah the dangers of false inferences: The Jews inferred from the presence of the temple that God would not destroy His holy city. The inference seems safe. God would surely protect His house; therefore, how could … More Easter Faith
The duck was right! Frantic, the feathered fowl informed the barnyard (and especially the piglet Babe) of the frightful future ahead. “Christmas is carnage!” he exclaimed. Not meant to be a theological insight, this line from the movie Babe is accurate in two ways. First, the Son of God became human at Christmas. As the … More Christmas Is Carnage
In mathematics, there is a ladder of difficulty, ascending from one subject to the next. Discounting geometry, which kind of lives in a world of its own, the ladder ascends as follows—arithmetic, algebra, trigonometry, and finally, calculus. In the world of calculus, however, something strange happens. The ladder dips into the clouds, and enters the … More The Calculus of Glory
God said to Moses, “I Am Who I Am.” “I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion.” Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness … More Identity
“I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; to open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison … More Encouragement towards Evangelism: A Meditation on Isaiah 42:6-7
“Eye hath not seen, nor ear heart, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). In reading Richard Wurmbrand’s book Tortured for Christ, I came across an interesting argument that a Christian used against the atheism of a communist oppressor. If … More Living in the Womb of Eternity
“But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom” (Matthew 26:29). Do you remember how galling it was to see your brother finish picking his row of beans, only to drink lemonade under the … More The Cup of Communion, and the Intercession of Jesus Christ
“The heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1). As a boy, my family often traversed the Great Plains en route to the mountains “out west.” Compared to our destination, the middle of South Dakota or Nebraska left me unimpressed–so open, so plain (no pun intended), so boring. My attitude then was give me snow-caps … More What Is Your Favorite Part of Creation?
“Cursed be the day wherein I was born: let not the day wherein my mother bare me be blessed” (Jeremiah 20:14). Last week, I had a very strange experience on my birthday. Searching for a text of Scripture in the morning, as is not uncommon, my Bible fell open to Jeremiah chapter twenty; and since … More Curse My Birthday?
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:6). Christianity is not a religion of submission. Though Christianity includes submission (as the verse above indicates), submission is not its main virtue nor its main objective. The apostles are clear: faith is the foundational virtue, and love is the … More Christianity versus Islam and Totalitarianism: Submission Is Not Our Mission