“Here I Am!”

I’ve read the account of Paul’s conversion dozens of times, and every time I read it, I’m always struck by Paul’s/Saul’s statement, “Who are you, Lord” (Acts 9:5)? Jesus appeared to Paul, and he didn’t know who it was, so how did he have the sense to call Him Lord? In the commentary section, the…

The Fear of the Lord as Filial Fear: Part II. Fear and Love

This entire series is my 30-paged bachelor thesis I submitted to the theology department at Concordia University-Ann Arbor—a higher Lutheran education university—as part of the requirement to graduate from the Pre-Seminary programme. It has been reformatted to fit this blog. This is the second section of my paper. In part one, I discussed the three…

The Christian Dispersion

Acts 8:4, Now those who were scattered went about preaching the Word. At this time in Acts, the early Church had grown immensely. After Pentecost, they went from barely any believers to over 3,000 believers who gathered regularly for worship. Things were going well for these early Christians—the apostles were healing and performing other miracles, there…

The (Right) Way

Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” Before our religion was given the…

Cleansing

Job 14:4, “Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean thing? There is not one.” Sometimes we make big messes that are hard to clean up—wine on our shirt or carpet, grease on our jeans after working on our car. What’s even worse is that sometimes our best efforts to clean up the mess…

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.…

Memoirs of A Pastor: Entry 72

*I have decided to share a choice few entries of my memoir.* April 5, 2017; 2213 hours In dealing with poverty, for the past few decades, it appears to me we have been addressing the dilemma from the wrong angle. It seems to me we are largely focused on bringing unearned wealth to the poor.…