Encircling Love

I found this sonnet in one of my journal notebooks hearkening back to my early twenties, when I penned it as prayer of hope and blessing. Time has its way with us, and often proves to be the lion’s paw which strips away our vain delusions, naive trusts, and proudly mislead belief that we can… Continue reading Encircling Love

Easter

In the midst of darkness and death,    a cacaphonied silence,   I look for light       and I hear…         through the muffled years…    that Peter Cottontail is       hopping   down the bunny trail      Hippity      Hoppity   Easter’s on its way.   The triumphant march     of fingers up and down    the piano keys,    and the… Continue reading Easter

Clouds

Clouds stretch and fly,     proclaiming heavens, replete with renewing breath of life,          “Ru’ah,” Wafting shapes, prescient of patter-soft rain        showering the earth,      newly garbed and globed  with iridescent “dew of youth”   The phoenix,        a rare gem,   descends to ashes in kenosis:   life renewed in humble infancy.       “Unless ye become like a… Continue reading Clouds

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You Shall Judge Rightly and Forgive When Authorized

“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to swine. If you do, they may trample them under their feet and then turn and tear you to pieces.” (Matt 7:6)\ “And why do you not judge for yourselves what is right?” (Luke 12:57) One of the most important interpretive guides to… Continue reading You Shall Judge Rightly and Forgive When Authorized

Six Truths about Hell for an Age of Religious Fraud

Six truths about hell which have been neglected in this age of religious fraud:  1) Hell is fundamentally the separation of light and darkness (Gen 1:3, Jn 1:3), darkness being those who have no hunger and thirst for God’s justice/righteousness, who commit treachery without excuse (Psa 25:3), and for whom the self-annihilating futility of sin… Continue reading Six Truths about Hell for an Age of Religious Fraud

Against a Perverse View of Hell

I’ve been sounding the Scripture on the doctrines of sin, hell, and salvation, and found most of what I’ve heard from churchgoers on these core areas of doctrine is outright blasphemy. Hell is the separation of light and darkness (Gen 1:3, Jn 1:5), which is “very good” (Gen 1:31) and “beautiful” (Eccl 3:11). Christ spoke… Continue reading Against a Perverse View of Hell

The Lady with the Twelve-Starred Crown

One of the most absorbing pictures in Scripture, alongside Ezekiel’s Son of Man and Isaiah’s enthroned Adonai, is John’s description of the resplendent woman in Revelation 12. Of all the early commentators, only Primasius seems to have pondered her as the very Divine Majesty of God. Primasius identifies the woman clothed with the sun, lightly… Continue reading The Lady with the Twelve-Starred Crown

The Prophet

  “who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame…”. –Hebrews 12:2    “And in that day I will answer, declares the LORD, I will answer the heavens, and they shall answer the earth, and the earth shall answer the grain, the wine, and the oil, and they shall answer Jezreel,… Continue reading The Prophet

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The Chalkboard

” The enemy came to an end in everlasting ruins; their cities you rooted out; the very memory of them has perished.” Psa 9:6 The importance of memory has been percolating in my mind as I face off with the darkness around me, and as I face off against that dark consuming flame which licked… Continue reading The Chalkboard

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Are we saved apart from the Law?

“But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are… Continue reading Are we saved apart from the Law?