Meditatio

Romans 15:4, For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures, we might have hope. Luther puts it best, “Truly, you cannot read in Scripture too much, and what you do read you cannot read too well, and what you read well you…

The Name of Jesus

Luke 2:21, And at the end of eight days, when He was circumcised, He was called Jesus. There are two significances here: first, that the Son of God was born under and subjected to the Law, marked by circumcision. But the second significance is my focus: His name and what it means. He was named Jesus—Ιησοῦς…

The Legacy of the Rev. Dr. King

 As today celebrates the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, I thought it fitting to talk about him and that legacy. I would be shocked to find someone in America who did not  know who this great man was, let alone what his legacy is. I would expect to hear at least the initials…

The Bondage of the Will

John 1:12-13, But as many as received Him, He gave to them the ability to become children of God, to those who believe in His name, who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God (own Greek translation). This speaks to our bound will,…

Ruth: Chapter 2 – Ruth and Boaz

There was a man named Boaz, a mighty man of valor, who was a relative of Naomi’s husband, Elimelech. Having no food, Ruth took it upon herself to gather food for Naomi so she could eat. She heard of the fields where the people could glean barley and of the mighty man Boaz. She was…

True Christian Piety

1 Timothy 3:16a, Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He who was manifested in the flesh (own Greek translation). For millennia, men have sought true piety—true godliness, most to no avail. The mendicant monks of early Christianity thought piety to be the abandonment of all material possessions. No, that is more neoplatonic than Christian…