“I want to live conquered, and not experience a life free of oppression,” said No One ever.We need law, and want liberty. We need authority, and want autonomy. We need others, and want to exalt the self.Can there be any balance between the needs of life, and the wants of life?We see the paradoxes of … Continue reading In Pursuit of a Paradox’s Purpose
GUMPTION. A word with a hilarious sound, but heroic definition. The Greek word, deilos, is used when one is cowardly, and there is a needless fear of “loss.” Deilos, describes a person who has lost their gumption, or in other words their determination and courage. O Gumption, Where Art Thou? It might sound like the … Continue reading O Gumption, Where Art Thou?
Thoughts turn like the pages of a skeptic’s encyclopedia. Troubled times seem more like a series of pantomimed clues in a game of charades. Has certainty been shaken?Everyone’s mood more weathered than the change of seasons. Maybe it’s just the spring showers cascading a deeper hue of grey, hiding the rainbows from view. But, let’s … Continue reading Stalwart, yet Silent
Long before the sun crests over the hills, I awoke. As the rest of the house was slumbering in silence, I lit the Christmas tree. Tidbits of Christmas décor deck the halls, and the mantle is full with the familiar festivities of winter traditions. We rush to get them up, and then somehow, struggle to … Continue reading Ark before the Manger
Emotions give the impression to just appear with a like-minded mood. Actions can be thought through. Moments contemplated. Alternatives evaluated. However, we cannot always control our thoughts; thoughts just happen. The objective of Scripture is to awaken within us new thoughts that shape the trajectory of our heart. In the pages of the Bible, a … Continue reading Thoughts
Fear. The shiver in your boots kind. An emotional tremble-in-awe with a palpitating heart seized with dread. Not a “Boo, I’ve got ya!” startled kind. Not a worshipful awe that shines light on a meditative rejoicing, but rather, a moon-ish one, cascading a sliver of light to reflect the reality of surrounding darkness. A fear … Continue reading Dread’s Love Letter
God is a sun, to light our life, and a shield to protect. Whether life is challenged by the terrors of night or the brazen wrongs of the day, God will enable us to ra’ah (intellectually observe) His salvation. If faith and truth are figurative to a shield, then trust is the handle by which … Continue reading A Shield, Not a Crutch
The upper room, a place for an intimate meal to share. Tradition merged with Truth. The host gives the guests receive. Eyes unlock a silent tongue. One face home to a crooked grin, the other composed a narrow smile. All stomachs filled, but not all heads anointed. The meal in unity shared, but the fellowship … Continue reading A Place at the Table