'God' Tagged Posts

'God' Tagged Posts

REFORMATION REVIEW

For Luther, the storm began in his own troubled heart in the monastery at Erfurt.  He learned quickly enough that his best efforts and sincerest attempts at devotion were not enough to erase the stain of sin from his heart.  For that he needed Christ. And Christ is whom he found when Dr. Staupitz sent him to study the Bible, to teach theology at the new…

“SURVIVORS OF THE FOG”

In the final lines of Hebrews 11 – that famous “heroes of faith” chapter – the inspired writer hits the fast forward button.  He lists a roll call of people whose mere names bring to mind their heroic lives: Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets.  Suddenly he stops listing the names – because there are so many. The writer simply refers…

FREEDOM FROM OURSELVES

It was difficult even to read about it.  Some years ago, a woman in northern Florida was obsessed with the Facebook game, FarmVille.  Apparently, “gaming” was her god. Her infant’s cries interrupted her game.  So she shook her baby to death. According to the Florida Times-Union, Alexandra V. Tobias entered a guilty plea to second-degree murder.   Tobias told…

“CONTEND FOR THE FAITH”

There is a “call to arms” in the little book of Jude on the far end of the New Testament.  “Contend for the faith!” says the sacred writer.   There is no getting around it.  If you are a faithful Bible reader, then you know that many portions of God’s Book sound a militant tone.  The apostle Paul tells us to put on the full armor of God, to take up the sword of the Spirit…

WHERE THE LOVE OF GOD LEADS

On the 10th of November in ’75, the Edmund Fitzgerald sank beneath the waves of Lake Superior in a terrible storm. Gordon Lightfoot composed a ballad to immortalize the 29 men who went down with the ship.   His ballad, the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, has a sad line in it that asks:  “Does anyone know where the love of God goes when the waves turn the…