We live in a world growing increasingly hostile to followers of Christ. The forces of secularism are drawing the battle lines in government, society, family, and even in churches. Expressions of faith are met with ridicule, derision, and even death in many parts of the world. Those who would follow orthodoxy find hostility from those…
Some of the Apostles have nicknames in the Bible. James and John are referred to as “the sons of thunder.” There was a “zealot,” a “just,” a “greater,” and a “lesser.” Poor Thomas was called “doubting.” It has stuck to him down through the ages because he missed out on a visitation from our Lord.…
Look to the cross of Christ—behold the man.
The eyes that saw creation’s light burn bright
Darken in a visage barely human
As Sun’s pause shows homage in day as night.
The knees that bent to honor His Father
Are scarred from falls under torture’s device.
The weight of wood made heavy by man’s sin…
With each strike of the whip (flagrum), I can
imagine the accusing voice of the devil announcing
my sins which cause Your suffering. I pray for the
grace to turn from sin and avoid temptation.
From the outside, the Christian life looks strange and even foolish. We preach an ideal we are still striving for…
The law of the Lord is love. In His love for us,
God has given us our neighbors in need.
“The poor [we] will always have with [us]”
(Mark 14:7) because through service to them,
we learn to love.
Our sojourn in this world can be described as a school of learning to love. We…