Agape: The Godly Love of Choice

John 15:13, μείζονα ταύτης ἀγάπην οὐδεὶς ἒχει, ἳνα τις τὴν ψυχὴν αὐτοῦ θῆ ὑπὲρ φἰλων αὐτοῦ. “No one has greater love than this: that he lay down his life on behalf of his friends.” What kind of love is this? The word Jesus uses is ἀγάπη (agape): the love of choice and self-sacrifice, ultimately culminated in…

Glory to God in All Things

Romans 11:36, For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen. How can we boast in ourselves when all things come from God and all things are sustained by Him? We replace God with sacred autonomy—we sever ourselves so much from God that we become inane enough…

God’s Prevailing Purpose

Romans 8:28, And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose. Many of us have probably read this passage dozens of times, and it’s rather comforting. But as comforting as it is, it may also leave us confused and inquisitive, especially…

Pro-Life: Our Duty to Mothers and the Unborn

This is an essay from the upper level Christian Ethics course at Concordia University-Ann Arbor, which has been revised to fit the needs of this blog. On the issue of abortion, the pro-life side argues the child has the “right” to life, whereas the pro-choice side argues the mother has the “right” to choice. Yet…

How Meme of You: Trusting the Government

The meme on the right has some truth to it. If you look at history and examine how governments in the past have betrayed its people, one would be foolish to trust the government… at times. It is true that there is corruption in the government, but let’s be honest here: government is not entirely an unnecessary institution.…

Helpful Rebuke: The Truth Hurts

Proverbs 27:5, Better is open rebuke than hidden love. In our current generation, people are growing increasingly worried about offending other people to such an absurd point that there are now “safe spaces” at universities. It’s because the truth hurts, and these people want to be sheltered from the truth. We want to be “all-inclusive” so…

Stop Expecting the Secular World to be Christlike

For the last several years, perhaps even decades and centuries, society has been increasingly ignoring and denying the reality of sin. In June 2015, for example, the U.S. Supreme Court ignored the sin of homosexuality and decided to legalise gay “marriage.” Also, instead of giving transgender people the psychological help they need, President Obama wrote…