Eating Our Own: “Of Cannibals”

  Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company Author: Michel De Montaigne           I was encouraged some years back to read a piece by Michel De Montaigne called “Of Cannibals.” I was under the impression that is was something like “A Modest Proposal,” which is possibly my favorite piece of satire. While […]

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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 […]

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Aliens in this World

Revelation 3:21, “The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with Me on My throne.” Thus, how is it granted to us that we conquer? Through our own works and arduous efforts? By no means! Paul asks a series of rhetorical questions: Since God is for us, who can oppose us? Since God gave […]

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The Gospel Will Never Perish

Matthew 10:25, “If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household.” These are the words of Jesus to His chosen apostles whom He was sending into the world to do His work. Indeed, the Jews later accused Jesus of serving Beelzebul (Matthew 12:24)! It is […]

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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 […]

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Beatitudes: Blessed Are the Peacemakers

Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” The Greek word for “peacemakers” is εἰρηνοποιοί (eirenopoioi), which comes from the verb ποιέω (poiéo) that means “to make, do, construct, create,” so literally it means, “one who creates peace.” As God’s children, we are given the ability to make peace. Not […]

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Facing Trials: Only For A Season

1 Peter 1:6-7, Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of […]

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