The Endearing Conceit of Young Men

I wonder if you have ever thought about the kind of courage—but also the kind of conceit—it takes for a young man to ask a father for the hand of his daughter. De Witt Talmage once considered this in a discourse on marriage and, frankly, his thoughts are hilarious. I trust you’ll enjoy reading aboutContinue reading “The Endearing Conceit of Young Men”

Another Word for Love

Agape is one of several Greek words in the New Testament for love. It is most commonly used when referring to God‘s love for us (John 3:16; Romans 5:8; Ephesians 2:4, etc.). For clarification, there are different forms of the word agape. The verb form, ἀγαπάω agapáō (to love), occurs 143 times in the NewContinue reading “Another Word for Love”

An Open Letter of Love

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21) When Paul wrote these words to the members of a small church in Rome, he wasn’t merely imparting some sage advice. He wasn’t merely trying to inspire them with a platitudinal ideal to shoot for. These words came stained with the bloodContinue reading “An Open Letter of Love”

Jealousy That Guards Our Heart

Deuteronomy 5:6-11 Jealousy is an undesirable, negative emotion, which is fueled by anger or selfishness. According to James 3:16, “Where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.” From today’s passage, however, we see that there is a different perspective on the word when it’s applied to God: “For I, theContinue reading “Jealousy That Guards Our Heart”

That Makes Me So Mad

Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:3-17 Reflection: It can be comforting to see that the earliest Christian communities struggled with divisions and conflicts. In spite of their experience of God’s grace and strength, and in spite of the spiritual gifts they had received, they fell into competing factions, with groups of people forming around different church leaders.Continue reading “That Makes Me So Mad”

A Divine Intimacy

Reading: John 2:1-11 Reflection: The miracle of turning water to wine is well known. It has probably been preached and written about from every possible perspective. But it remains a significant moment in the ministry of Jesus, and an important window into understanding the character and mission of God. Throughout the Scriptures God’s relationship withContinue reading “A Divine Intimacy”