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Preparing our Hearts: Stop Hiding, Genesis 3

In Genesis 3, Adam failed to protect this proto-sanctuary called Eden. He took of the fruit that his wife gave him and ate it with gusto. Genesis 3 says, “Then the eyes of both were opened.” But this is one of those rare cases where opening your eyes is actually a bad thing. When their(…)

Left Over Food

A parishioner, Ben Calisch, made a helpful connection between two narratives. The first is from Ruth’s account. Ruth 2 where we read: So she sat down beside the harvesters, and he handed her some roasted grain, which she ate until she was satisfied. She kept what was left over. Ruth receives abundant kindness. She is filled(…)

Subtle Idols

The reason we yield to idolatry in our own lives is not because we find idols attractive. God says that they can’t speak, hear, see, and lack strength (Ps. 115). No one becomes an overnight idolater. Idols are subtle in their deception. They offer a cheap alternative to the God of Israel. It is much(…)

When Being Busy is Not Enogh

C.S. Lewis once said that a Christian can’t always be defending the truth, sometimes he needs to feed on it. Over the years I have seen Christians exhaust themselves in ministry work. They overwork, overreact and sometimes enter into long stages of depression. And while depression can be rooted in many things, it is likely(…)

One Solution to Scriptural Fatigue

Over the years I have experienced scriptural fatigue. I have never doubted the Bible’s authority or ability to change sinners, but I have gone through phases where reading the Bible became a chore rather than a meaningful engagement with written truth. Overcoming this fatigue can be difficult at times. Patterns are hard to undo. What(…)

Combativeness as a Non-Virtue

I am arguing for instilling an ethos that produces children–particularly boys–who are firm in their convictions but irenic in their day to day expression of them. This model is kingly. Kings control themselves and their actions for the sake of their communities. They fight for their sheep but their fighting is cruciform; foolish in the(…)