Outcast

This short story illustrates the thoughts and feelings that go through my mind every day as I suffer with social anxiety, and the comfort I daily receive from the Gospel. The dialogue in italics portrays this anxiety. What is it about silence that makes people so uncomfortable? I wonder this every time I talk to…

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 Lord’s Prayer: Deliver Us

Finally, recognizing our own unworthiness, our sinfulness, and our redemption as sons in our Lord, Father, and Savior, Jesus Christ, we ask Him for deliverance from temptation and from the evil one. This portion of the prayer should be kept in close connection with the last portion. Indeed, this portion, just as much as the…

How Can We Have Peace in the Midst of Evil?

Yesterday was Palm Sunday, and we peaceably gathered with our congregations to remember Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem as King of Israel, to celebrate His Kingship today, and worship Him as the Prince of Peace. Yet it wasn’t peaceful for every Christian yesterday. In Egypt, two churches were attacked by suicide bombers for doing what we…

What’s the Desire of Your Heart?

Psalm 37:4, Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart. What are the desires of your heart? Our habit as sinners is to desire things that gratify our sinful, fleshly desires. We might say we desire Christ, but as the values of the world bombard us with their false…

Where is God in America?

America has been rapidly falling into moral depravity for several decades, especially of late. Frustrated with all the injustice going on within our country, today I asked myself, “Where is God in the midst of all this corruption?” And immediately God reminded me where we can find Him: in the Church. When we look at…