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.…

The Fear of the Lord as Filial Fear: Introduction

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. What value is fear today? According to Scripture, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning…

God is Near

Psalm 25:14, The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear Him, and He makes known to them His covenant. 1 Kings 19:1-8, Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So may the gods do to…

Covering Our Sin

Psalm 32:1, Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. When we get caught in a legal or moral wrong, we instantly try to cover it up. When a criminal gets caught, he comes up with all sorts of excuses to try and cover his tracks. As average citizens, whenever we get…

Helpful Rebuke: The Truth Hurts

Proverbs 27:5, Better is open rebuke than hidden love. In our current generation, people are growing increasingly worried about offending other people to such an absurd point that there are now “safe spaces” at universities. It’s because the truth hurts, and these people want to be sheltered from the truth. We want to be “all-inclusive” so…

The Tension between Saint and Sinner

Ecclesiastes 10:2, A wise man’s heart inclines him to the right, but a fool’s heart to the left. The foolhardy conservative would take this verse out of context and use it in support of the supposed superiority of the right conservative versus the left liberal. While I consider myself conservative, I am not foolish enough to…