LUTHER’S BONFIRE: A Conflagration of Ideas

Libraries are full of ordinary books stuffed with mediocre stories.  Mind candy, daytime soap operas in paper and ink, they titillate the imagination but are soon abandoned on the cranial cutting room floor. But every so often, one encounters an idea or a string of ideas—like pearls on a choker—stated with such profundity that they catapult across one’s cerebellum, knocking lesser theses off their comfortable perches, crashing into misconceptions, and inciting a riot of reevaluation. Such an … [Read more...]

EUNICE’S SHY, SICKLY LITTLE ILLEGITIMATE KID: God Can Use Anyone

At the time of Christ, it was decidedly uncool for a young Jewish girl to take up with a Greek guy.  It was so uncool, in fact, that when a Jewish maiden named Eunice married a Greek, the offspring from their union—whom they named Timothy—was considered by the Jewish community to be illegitimate. It’s understandable, then, that this small cast-off lad, rejected by the community, would be painfully shy.  The poor guy was given to digestive problems, too.  St. Paul, in writing to him, once said … [Read more...]


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