In the first part of this post, I tried to Biblically ground a concept of “holy love” which integrates what we know of God’s love with the revelation that He is also a consuming fire and has sometimes enacted terribly violent judgments. Now I move on to apply that to the problems we see in the Old … Continue reading "Election, Israel, and Yahweh’s Consuming Fire: Part 2"
Hazy. That’s the best word I could think of to describe many of the hours in my average day. I’m not sure what all I did or how much I enjoyed it. During the day I tend to slip into a mode: doing what I do. And at the end of the day I find myself … Continue reading "Every Lucid Moment"
If there’s one thing people are good at, it’s making excuses. I imagine we don’t even realize how many excuses we make for ourselves (and others!) in the average day. If you’re a Christian, you probably see this most clearly and painfully in your prayer life. Well, I guess you could be one of those … Continue reading "My Dog Ate My Prayerbook"
The Bible is loaded with violence. I mean, seriously, if the entire Bible were made into movies, quite a number of them would be rated R for violence alone. Now, most of the violence is Scripture isn’t something that we must concern ourselves with, as it is simply a historical description of stuff that happened. Some is more difficult … Continue reading "Smite Mine Enemies: Applying Violent Psalms"
It’s really hard to stay focused in this world. There are so many things out there competing to occupy our minds. There are worries, hobbies, jobs, fears, entertainment, people, and all sorts of other concerns, many of which are truly important. Yet somehow, through this all, we are supposed to stay focused. Not just focused … Continue reading "Keeping Our Eyes on Jesus"
If you’ve ever been to an Evangelical church, you’ve probably heard something along these lines: If you want to get saved, if you want to accept Jesus as your Savior tonight, I want you to bow your heads, close your eyes, and repeat after me: Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, … Continue reading "Pray This after Me: Is the Sinner’s Prayer Biblical?"
One thing I’ve noticed is that very few Evangelicals ever use written prayers. I think, though, that they can be useful at times, especially when poetic in form. So this is what I wrote for myself, and I decided to share it. Dear God, You alone are holy. Your splendor is unmatched, And Your glory … Continue reading "Written Prayer for Evangelicals: Glorify the Only True God"