Category: Christian Life

12 Days of Christmas: December 30

And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives...

/ December 30, 2019

12 Days of Christmas: The First Sunday After Christmas

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven...

/ December 29, 2019

The 12 Days of Christmas: Holy Innocents

At that time, declares the LORD, I will be the God of all the clans of Israel, and they shall be my people.” Thus says the LORD: “The people who survived the sword found grace in the wilderness; when Israel...

/ December 28, 2019

The 12 Days of Christmas: St. John the Evangelist

Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head...

/ December 27, 2019

The 12 Days of Christmas: Christmas Day

Thanks to Mere O contributor John Shelton, we have a series of Christmas reflections to share over the 12 days of Christmas. Today’s reflection comes from Ali Kjergaard. But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish....

/ December 25, 2019

Martin Luther, the Rule of Faith, and the Bible

Luther teaches that the catechism holds the entirety of the Christian faith. Even the educated laity and clergy need simple words and short summaries; how much more the simple and uneducated? Actually that’s why Luther thinks the simple need the...

/ December 2, 2019

On Fearing Eternity and Being at Home on Earth

By Gary Benton My hands gripped the pew before me so tightly they ached, as if caught in an over-wrought handshake. I drew in quick, sharp breaths. Though I was careful to keep my head still, my eyes darted wildly...

/ May 29, 2019

Loving Others Theologically

“How dare you?!” You might remember this phrase from Mark Driscoll, one of my early heroes in the so-called “New Calvinism” movement. His growl was aimed at men during a rant about how they misuse women sexually and otherwise. It...

/ July 10, 2018
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Longing and Hope in the Shadowlands

In the opening days of Advent 2015 my dad suffered a traumatic brain injury. It was the result of a drug complication. Dad had been having some issues with blood clots and was due to have a surgery to patch...

/ March 27, 2018

The Grace of Good Questions

Francis Schaeffer used to say that if he had an hour to tell someone about Jesus, he would spend the first 55 minutes of that hour listening. I thought about this a couple weekends ago when I was able to...

/ March 7, 2018