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Forgiveness as Death & Resurrection

While reading The Reason for God for a class assignment, I was struck by the way that Tim Keller spoke about forgiveness. His writing has really given me a better grasp on something that I have wrestled with for some time now, and so I…

April 12, 2011

The Impatient Accuser (Part II)

In the previous post (Part I), I looked at the passage where Jesus calls Peter, “Satan.” It seems to me that Jesus was getting on to Peter because he was doing exactly what Satan does in the wilderness: tempting Jesus to be impatient and…

March 28, 2011

The Impatient Accuser (Part I)

What is sin? – and along with that, what is the strategy that Satan (“The Accuser”) uses in temptation? The next few posts are new (and some old) insights I’ve had recently into a few passages dealing with sin and temptation, particularly involving Satan.…

March 26, 2011
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Justifying Suffering

We’ve been talking a lot about the problem of evil and suffering in a couple of my classes at DTS recently, and as I have been doing some reading on the subject, I came across this quote from Dostoevsky: “I believe like a child…

March 24, 2011

The Redemption of War

More and more, one of my favorite passages (and images) is from Revelation 21:5 – where God is shown as saying from the great white throne: “Behold, I am making all things new.” The idea that God has redeemed us and will one day…

March 18, 2011

Chrysostom’s reflections on Lent

The words of St. John Chrysostom seem a fitting reminder this Ash Wednesday: “Do you fast? Give me proof of it by your works.  If you see a poor man, take pity on him.  If you see a friend being honored, do not envy…

March 10, 2011

Fathers, Sons, Parricide…

This is a different post than usual. Not sure if this is a complete idea, or if I buy what I’m saying or reading. It just struck me and has been on my mind, and I need to write it down or I won’t…

February 25, 2011

“What was it to Your heaven?”

Struck tonight when reading this poem by Richard Crashaw. I love the contrast he makes between us and God, and the imagery used to do so: “If I were lost in misery, What was it to your heaven and thee? What was it to…

February 20, 2011

“These Inward Trials”

I’ve never heard this hymn sung, but I love the words and how real and honest they are. It is as if John Newton saw my heart cry at so many times and was able to put those cries into these eloquent words. I…

February 12, 2011

St Augustine on Blogging

When reading from Augustine’s The Trinity I was struck by his introduction to the book. It seemed to me a good preface to any writing that one may produce, specifically when the subject is of such weighty matters as the Trinity. It also seems, as…

February 4, 2011