December 10, 2018

I love cathedral style ceilings.  It’s an architectural design that seems to be missing from many modern day churches.  In my opinion, cathedral style ceilings testify to the strength of a church that points Heavenward, and remind us of the strength of our Lord.  This week, as we study Isaiah 9.6 again, we’ll be looking at Mighty God.[1] For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he… Read more

December 7, 2018

Guest Post: Just for fun, I’ve asked my oldest son Mateo for one of his essays this semester.  He’s brilliant and quite capable of writing superb literature.  He has a command of language that many dead English poets were striving to attain.  I’m quite sure King Arthur himself would have given Mateo a royal commission as a bard. And yet . . . Mateo’s only offering is a write-up on Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  I had hoped for… Read more

December 4, 2018

There’s a saying we attribute to C.S. Lewis from the movie Shadowlands with Anthony Hopkins.[1] We read to know we’re not alone. In the video I’m standing in front of the new Interlochen Library, where the community will be celebrating the Grand Opening tomorrow at 4 o’clock.  There will be a lot of people entering this building to read, and to read for counsel. That brings us to this week’s name for God from Isaiah: Counselor. One of the greatest ways that… Read more

November 30, 2018

What follows is something quite unique for me.  From time to time, I’m invited into higher dialogues in our fellowship, the PCG.  Participating in these conversations is a great honor, although I seldom if ever know exactly who is being affected by them.  In this case, being primarily about types of abuse in the Christian household, I pray their lives experience a drastic change. Petar Milošević | Fountain Pen Writing 01.30.17 | Public Domain This is actual email correspondence with… Read more

November 29, 2018

In the video, I want you to see a real-life Charlie Brown Christmas Tree.  This is a pretty important tree to me as the only pine tree on my property.  I love my property, and it would be great to have more pines, but this tree is kind of like the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree. This lone pine tree is just an illustration to set us up for the next few weeks. i. This has been like a Charlie Brown year for us… Read more

November 23, 2018

The world is bustling.  The economy is probably getting something like a shot of vitamin B today, since it is “Black Friday.”  I hope you’re enjoying time with family and loved ones.  This is the final post in a series on one of my first attempts at a Biblical view of persons. Although I haven’t stated it openly on each post, I have been in a series of writings.  I developed them from a seminary paper entitled “Nine Biblical Factors of… Read more

November 21, 2018

This is a quick post about thanksgiving perspective.  A lot of us have choices we have to make this week.  Are we going to go back for a second or third helping of mashed potatoes?  Do we go back for more cranberry sauce?  Are we going to eat light meat or dark meat? There are a lot of choices to make, but there is a choice that we have to make that has to do with thanksgiving.  It’s a choice… Read more

November 16, 2018

There are only a few central questions to classical personality theory.  They are set in polarities or opposites.  For this study, we’ll toy with one.  Is man more a product of nature versus nurture?  In other words, is our personality more innate or a product of external forces?  Eventually the question seemed to become more scientific.  Are we products of our environment or our genetics? Given the fact that we all probably know the original story, we may think there… Read more

November 13, 2018

This blog post and the previous one are word studies on the household and house in ancient Israel.[1]  The family and home used to be the center of society, something we seem to have forgotten over the ages.  Perhaps these posts will serve as a brief reminder of the family at the center of the good life. The Father’s House The houses in ancient Israel are distinct.  In fact, architecture shows that they are unique among Israel’s neighboring nations.  The house… Read more

November 8, 2018

Although the question of motive is a popular one, especially in all all of our crime syndicate shows, the question of motivation has always been a key to psychological musings as well.  It’s the “why” behind our behavior, our “willingness” to do certain things. To isolate and study aspects of our interior life is very artificial.  However, these are areas of study where questions overlap between Theologians and psychologists, or ministers and helping professionals.[1]  Although we know that humans are… Read more

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