An Exposition of Psalm 23

One of the most beloved and memorized from the entire Psalter includes the twenty-third psalm from the shepherd boy who becomes king, David. The great Baptist preacher, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, called it “the pearl of psalms,” probably for its metaphoric usage and elements of prayer language that can be studied from every line. The motif…

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The Costliness of Grace

In Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book, The Cost of Discipleship, he seeks to infuse the biblical concept of grace as a dichotomy between cheap and costly that becomes the fundamental anthesis of the Christians life. Born in Breslau to a family of professionals, Dietrich Bonhoeffer would begin his theological journey at the age of 13, deciding to choose…

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The Testing of the Son of God

The Gospel of Matthew along with the additional synoptic writers record the experience of Christ in the wilderness and his confrontation with the devil. This follows from his baptism and leads into the beginning of his public ministry. Here we see a three-point dialogical story between Jesus and the devil that takes place under the…

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The Flight to Freedom: The Story of Hagar and The Promise Received.​

The Egyptian handmaid Hagar carry’s a certain stigma about her persona as someone who is fleeing the scene of the first ever recorded biblical instance of domestic strife. Sarai deals harshly with her (Gen. 16:6), constantly nagging, pointing the finger which causes Hagar to feel ostracized and run away. Though Hagar became disrespectful towards Sarai…

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The Forgotten​ God

The Holy Spirit has been considered to depict a Cinderella story in association with the Father and Son that has a particular anonymity to its person and works. The forgotten God has been deprecated since the early church councils but has come to see a resurgence within the past century, especially in Eastern Orthodoxy and…

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Paradoxical Standing In The Peace Of God Romans 5:1-11

  The peace of God is rooted in both testaments with an express idea of being whole, complete, calm, having a relationship of goodwill between God and humans. In this peace, we can stand in relationship to God, knowing that He has bestowed on us the grace which is revealed by faith and accepted by…

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An Interview With A Monastic Priest

As part of a fieldwork assignment for my present masters class, I’m required to visit an intentional community or monastery and learn about how the people who live in the community/monastery engage the practices of listening, guidance, discernment, simplicity, stewardship, rhythms of rest, and honoring the body. Upon contemplating the where, how and who to…

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Should Christians Speak In Tongues?

The phenomenon of speaking in tongues is quite unique to this new covenant age and has been colored by certain Christian circles as inexistent today. This spiritual gift considered by some to have ceased during the closing of the canon of Scripture seems to still be in operation today but is it a genuine language (glossa) or…

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A Tale Of Two Churches: A Comparison Of The Charismatic & Conservative Faiths

Before I proceed, a disclaimer is in order as not to reveal the denominational affiliation or particular assembly during my visitation. This blog is written with an unbiased theological perspective and in no way intended to impute division, biblical disputes or any cause for concern but to stimulate healthy conversation as seen through the eyes…

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