The Divine Love, Pt. 4: Justice.

December 15, 2017. This is a continuation of The Divine Love series. For a full-text PDF, click here! What about justice? I think we must go on, however, with this understanding and framework to address what all this means for us, if anything. Sure, it is good to develop theology and to think well about…

The Divine Love, Pt. 3: God’s Answer to Evil.

December 14, 2017. This is a continuation of The Divine Love series. For a full-text PDF, click here! To begin with Part 1, click here. So, why hasn’t God done anything about evil? Now I believe we are in a good position to address this question. The question often comes as an indictment against God rather…

The Divine Love, Pt. 2: The Problem of Evil.

December 13, 2017. This is a continuation of The Divine Love series. For a full-text PDF, click here! Why does evil/suffering exist? When I said that I believed that the fundamental truth of love could answer some of the most difficult questions that mankind has ever asked, I was not speaking in vain. Throughout history,…

Psalm 102-104: Bless the Lord, O my soul.

September 23, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 102-104. Background: Psalm 99-101. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 102 A cry of the afflicted: This psalm is a prayer of the afflicted who is pouring out his troubles and complaint before the Lord. The psalmist diligently seeks the audience of the Lord in the first stanza and asks for…

Job 29-31: Job’s final defense.

April 16, 2015. Daily Reading: Job 29-31. Background: Job 27-28. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 29 Longing for the days of old: This chapter begins Job’s three chapter final defense of his position and situation, as a final rebuttal to everything his friends had accused him. Beginning his defense, Job longs for the days of old, back…

Matthew 26-28: The death, burial and resurrection.

March 14, 2015. (3.14.15.  9:26:53) Daily Reading: Matthew 26-28. Background: Matthew 23-25. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 26 1. Foreshadowing: As He has told His disciples on a number of occasions, Jesus once again tells them that He is about to be delivered over to be crucified. His hour had come and they would soon be tested…

Hymnnotes: When My Love to Christ Grows Weak.

November 28, 2014. For a while now I have wanted to do a series on some of my favorite hymns with a running commentary on the verses as they unfold. I believe singing to be one of the best ways to worship our Lord, and music has throughout the centuries both captivated and touched the…

Don’t give up.

October 1, 2014. “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” (Romans 8:18) Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up. No matter how bad things seem, no matter how lost you feel. Don’t give up. There will be times of…

Times of trial.

June 10, 2014. “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4) I have some trouble with this verse. Intellectually I…

A light in darkness.

May 4, 2014. I have recently read through the books of Jeremiah and Lamentations, and I have to say that there is some pretty heart wrenching things in these them. Maybe they aren’t as bad for us when we read them since we are so far removed from the time and culture, but I think…

Analysis of Kyle Butt/Bart Ehrman debate.

April 5, 2014. Last night I gave you a little teaser about the debate I attended between Kyle Butt and Dr. Bart Ehrman. Today I will go into a full analysis (or what I think of as full at least) of the debate, with some (hopefully constructive) criticism on both sides and my two cents…