Twelve Foundation Stones

Luke XXIII: Luke 6:12-19 Introduction Here, Jesus chooses twelve ordinary men to become the foundation of the new Israel, the Christian Church, in order to work His powerful grace through them. Prayer When Jesus chose the twelve disciples, He prayed all night (Lk. 6:12). Like Moses, Jesus goes up a mountain to choose twelve new…

The Politics of Two Advents

Peter Leithart writes: Advent celebrates the coming of the King, but the Christian tradition has always recognized that the Son’s first Advent heightens our longing for his coming again.  In this respect, Augustine’s politics is a double-sided politics of Advent.  On one hand, it leaves us with anti-utopian skepticism and radical dissatisfaction with every existent…

My Boy Augustine, Sons of God, Nephilim, etc.

It’s been a while since I read Augustine’s City of God, but I recently read a few selections in preparation for a class and came across his discussion of Genesis 6 and the sons of God and the giants that were on the earth in those days. And not too long ago, I had a…

Forgiveness as Incense

“Through our forgiveness, which is a sort of daily incense of spirit offered to God on the altar of the heart – the heart we are bidden to lift up – we are enabled, even if we do not live here without sin, to die without sin, when time and again God’s forgiveness erases those…