Cyprian: “Hold what you have, lest another receive thy crown.”

“Confession of Christ does not make one immune from the snares of the devil. Nor does it defend one who is still placed in the world with a perpetual security against worldly temptations and dangers and onsets and attacks. Otherwise we should never have seen afterwards among the confessors the deceptions and debaucheries and adulteries that now with groaning and sorrow we see among some. Whoever that confessor is, he is not greater or better or dearer to God than Solomon. As long as he walked in … [Read more...]

Music: Without Your Love

Here is a song i wrote three years ago. It's been one close to my heart since I wrote it. I thought I would share it with you theEm      Am                    C     Em   With you before my eyes           B     C             Am  EmYour very words are lullabiesEm      Am                … [Read more...]

My Son’s Baptism

My son was baptized on the first Sunday of Advent this year. This was one of the best moments of my entire life. I thought I would share it with you. Let me know what you think! I know that this is more special to me then to you, but bear with me.note: My wife's name is Joan, not John. The priest simply pronounced it a little funny. Also if you are viewing this in facebook the video won't show up you will have to go to to see the videoThe God parents … [Read more...]

Revelation and Advent: Waiting and Working

Revelation is a book that is troubling to many people. It's filled with images and language that seems very much out of this world. Many people wonder if there is any thing profitable in a book that by all outward appearances has only indecipherably cryptic references to seals, bowels, trumpets, whores, beasts, plagues, sores, and countless other strange things.I would like to argue that Revelation is more then just profitable, it offers the very paradigm that guides the Christian … [Read more...]

Book review: New Testament and Mission: Historical and Hermeneutical, by Johannes Nissen

New Testament and Mission: Historical and Hermeneutical was written by Associate Professor of New Testament Exegesis at the Department of Biblical Studies, University of Aarhus, Denmark, Johannes Nissen. Nissen believes that the New Testament's theology of mission is multidimensional, each author and genre emphasis a different perspective, which should be viewed in harmony rather then homogenized together.To show this Nisssen parses the New Testament canon up into different sections and … [Read more...]

Prayer Before Studying

I am in the midst of prepairing for the end of all my classes here at seminary, which is why I havn't been posting nearly as much as I normally do. Please keep me and all the other students here in your prayers.Here is a traditional Coptic prayer I ran into. I have found it to be beneficial to me.Take a look: Most blessed Lord, send the grace of Your Holy Spirit on me to strengthen me that I may learn well the subject I am about to study and by it become a better person for Your glory, the … [Read more...]


Today is the first day of Advent! This time of year is my favorite church season I think. In it we relive the waiting of God's elect for the coming of Christ, by remembering the story of God's salvation throughout the Old Testament. We also remember God's promise to return and make all things new. So during this season we also watch and pray for the eschatological reality of the Kingdom of God to be fulfilled.This year it is extra special for me because my Son is getting baptized today!! I … [Read more...]

Ephesians: Sharing in the Divine life

I read through Ephesians today, and I was struck by it in a new way. It seems to be that Ephesians in many ways is laying out what it means to participate in the Divine nature, a idea explicitly mentioned in 1 Peter 1:4. It seems the author wishes to convey that God invites us to participate in the trinitarian life of unity, by living in the same unity of love that God has in the trinitarian economy. In other words the Missio Dei draws people into an economy of divine love.Look at chapter one, … [Read more...]

Saint of the Week: Agnes of Assisi

Most people know about St. Francis of Assisi, the man who started the Franciscans and devoted himself to a life of poverty to rebuild the church, and many people know about St. Clare of Assisi, who followed his example and founded the her own monastic community based on Francis' own.However not too many people talk about Agnes of Assisi.This week the Church remembers Agnes, who followed her sister into the monastic life. After loosing two daughters to this religious fervor Clare and Agnes' … [Read more...]