Exhortation Once upon a time there was an Apostle named Peter, and one day he wrote a letter addressed to the “pilgrims of the Dispersion”. There were a number of churches in this group, and he listed several cities where they were to be found. He wrote several pages of instructions, but toward the end…

Slow Motion Suicide “The desire of the lazy man kills him, for his hands refuse to labor. He covets greedily all day long, but the righteous gives and does not spare.” (Prov. 21:25-26) We often think that the problem with lazy people is that they don’t want anything. They have no ambition, they have no…

Slit the Devil’s Belly Open Luther says: “…how do I approach this Savior and Redeemer? By means of cowls or monastic orders and rules? No! Just cling to the Son in faith. He conquered death and the devil, and He slit the devil’s belly open. He will reign and rule again, even though He was…

Three for the money We call this sport River Polo. River gives Papa riding lessons. River, Uncle Jeremy, and Aunt Molly riding the statuary at the local Greenville Zoo.

The Godfather I’m sure many, many people far more qualified and observant than I have commented on the brilliant biblical and theological themes in the 1972 Hollywood classic The Godfather. However for my own benefit (I think better on paper) and for the benefit of anyone who hasn’t seen the movie or considered it in…

Book Menu Probably the title of this post and the last one should be swapped, but that’s the way the cookie crumbled. I used to keep a list of books on the sidebar, books I was in the middle of, recently finished or whathaveyou. But not having the time or memory to keep up with…

Book Feast Just went shopping this week at Amazon.com and I’ve received the first piece in the mail this afternoon. Irony in Mark’s Gospel by Jerry Camery-Hogatt from Cambridge Press is the first peach in my pie. From Christ to Pre-Reformation: The Rise and Growth of the Church in its Cultural, Intellectual and Political Context…

Erskine Orientation Last Friday, Jenny and I went down to Due West, SC where Erskine Theological Seminary is located. I will be studying there full-time this fall in their Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) program. Apart from the usual ‘house keeping’ details that were presented, we enjoyed eating lunch with the program director,…

Eucharistic Meditation As you know, the history of Christendom has been much taken up with what is taking place at this meal: How, when or to what extend the elements of bread and wine are Christ’s body and blood. And while it is worth making some careful distinctions in some places, it is also worth…

Mark 4: Parables: Measuring the Hearts of Israel Introduction: The Sea and the LandBeginning in the creation sequence, sea and land have always been significant. Day Three records this creation act and the parallel creation is man, on day six. But the “land” always meant more than just man, it represented God’s particular people. Adam…