A Life of Suffering

Galatians 6:17, I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. The season of Advent is the season leading up to Christmas when we remember the birth of Jesus Christ our King. It is a glorious day, but underneath it lies a somber tone, for we know the earthly fate of this King. Morbid philosophers express…

Living the Wasted Life: “The Beast in the Jungle”

A paper I wrote during my Undergrad studies reformatted as a speech I gave at the same University. Author: Henry James Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company Review The story of The Beast in the Jungle is to many a great unrealized romance. Throughout the tale, there are underlying sexual tensions, unrequited love, and overwhelming heartbreak, the loss…

Death is not Death

Matthew 9:24, “The girl is not dead but sleeping.” Although the girl was indeed dead, to Jesus, she was only asleep. Thus, for us Christians, in death we merely fall asleep. It is not a euphemism such as, “she passed away,” in order to avoid the harsh affirmation that “she is dead” and the dark bereavement…

Keeping the Word

John 8:51, “If anyone keeps My word, he will never see death.” The undisciplined theologian will read these words of Jesus and fashion them into a works righteousness theology. In order to pass from death into eternal life, we have to keep God’s Word completely. God does not settle for 99.9%; it is not good enough! Only 100%…

The God of the Living

Psalm 118:17, I shall not die, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the LORD. This was my prayer during my days in service to my country in the Army, and nearly on a daily basis. Near death, this prayer has been my strength. Do not be mistaken, however: I did not pray this…

Sick in Sin

Luke 5:31-32, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” We are all ill, and it is killing us all. We all know this, for we all seek idols to give us pleasure in this life to…

The Good, Christian Death

Psalm 116:15, Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints. Was this translated right? Does God truly take pleasure in the death of His saints? Yes! If you still doubt, here is my own Hebrew translation: “Precious in the eyes of YHWH is the death of His faithful/godly ones.” Death is never good!…