The Typology of Abigail’s Faith

Check out my newest article with Geeks Under Grace! What do we make of Abigail’s loyalty and her husband Nabal’s disloyalty to David in 1 Samuel 25? They are two unseemly characters in God’s narrative of the coming Messiah. Abigail seems an insignificant character at first, but there’s a lot more depth to her example.…

Joy of the Lord

Nehemiah 8:8-10, They read from the book, from the law of God, clearly, and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading. And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the LORD…

“Why Do You Want to be A Pastor?”

I get asked this question often, and I was inevitably asked this question during my Michigan District interview as part of the process in applying for the LCMS seminary. When it comes down to it, I really just have a simple answer: Because of Jesus. Of course, that’s not a satisfactory answer for one probing at…

Memoirs of A Pastor: Entry 73

*I have decided to share a choice few entries of my memoir.* April 17, 2017; 2124 hours I don’t think many people my age think much about marriage and children. Why get married? Why have children? Because it’s popular in society? Because it’s fashionable? That’s how it appears to me. Those my age are getting…

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…

The Gospel of Jesus Christ: Salvation for the Lowly

This entry has been modified to fit the audience of this blog from an essay written for the upper religion course, Gospel of Luke, at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In ancient Roman society, it was common practise to exalt the mighty and bring down the humble to even lower positions. This worldview has…

Casting Our Nets as Fishers of Men

John 21:1-7, After this, Jesus revealed Himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and He revealed Himself in this way. Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They…