Surviving Suffering – Part II: In the Morning When I Rise…

In my last post I discussed some ways to handle suffering in the Christian life. There I discussed the kinds of people, places, and things we should surround ourselves with when experiencing hard instances of pain and serious suffering. Here, I want to consider more carefully the idea of time as it applies to our… Continue reading Surviving Suffering – Part II: In the Morning When I Rise…

Surviving Suffering: Part I – Spiritual Surroundings

Recently I have been thinking and writing a lot about suffering. However, as is often the case, serious thinking and writing about suffering usually comes in the midst of an actual instance of suffering, or shortly after such a instance has been, to some degree at least, reconciled. In earlier posts I tried to articulate… Continue reading Surviving Suffering: Part I – Spiritual Surroundings

Knight, Death, and The Devil: Christian Faith & the Virtue of Single-Mindedness

Few works of art have gripped me over the years, and accompanied me through the vicissitudes of life, more than the 1513 engraving by Albrecht Dürer, Ritter, Tod, und Teufel (Knight, Death, and the Devil). Although I cannot recall if I ever saw the original in the Dürer Haus in Nürnberg, I know I have seen copies in… Continue reading Knight, Death, and The Devil: Christian Faith & the Virtue of Single-Mindedness

Can We “Be” Good without God?

"For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:5 Can we be good without God? So it has been asked throughout the ages, or at least for a long, long time. At least since Lucretius, and probably Epicurus… Continue reading Can We “Be” Good without God?

On Dignity and Identity: An Homiletic Excursus

On Personal Worth & Personal Identity "The one who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him.” (John 7:38) Where does our worth come from? What makes us valuable and worthy; what gives us real dignity? Is our worth tied up in our actions, in… Continue reading On Dignity and Identity: An Homiletic Excursus