"My heart is sick, withered like grass, and I have lost my appetite." - Psalm 102:4 The term, "wither" or "withered" is used figuratively here to express a moral and spiritual deficiency that affects the heart, causing it to wither and decay from spiritual malnutrition. Similarities of Physical and Spiritual Malnutrition I recently underwent a gastronomy … Continue reading A Withering of the Heart
"The Dark Night of the Soul" was a line by line exposition, written by St. John of the Cross in the 16th Century, to explicate the eight brief stanzas of his poem of the same name. In that explication, the author attempts to reveal that one's soul must be emptied of self before it can be filled by … Continue reading When Dark Nights Challenge the Soul
We must imitate Christ's life and his ways if we are to be truly enlightened and set free from the darkness of our own hearts. Let it be the most important thing we do, then, to reflect on the life of Jesus Christ. : Thomas a Kempis, "The Imitation of Christ" 1471 In a post-Christian … Continue reading Is Monasticism The Answer To Maintaining Purity of Faith In A Post-Christian America?
"He went to the synagogue to reason with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and he spoke daily in the public square to all who happened to be there." Acts 17:17 "Logos" is a Greek word signifying both "reason" and "word", and is ascribed to the "Word" of God (Jesus), described in the prologue to John 1. … Continue reading What Led to the Millennial Exodus and Will Reason Bring Them Back?
Imagine going to church on Sunday and singing songs of faith, then beating your slaves on Monday. Is it too far of a reach, to suggest that very thing is happening today, only the slaves are those being marginalized and vilified by a political ideology that a sub-set of white evangelicals have aligned themselves with - a … Continue reading Slaveholder Gospel Continues to Distort American Christianity