Gospel Meditations on the Cross: Mark

Gospel Meditations on the Cross: Mark

Returning the World to God In the Bible, there is a genre called apocalyptic literature. A dominant feature of apocalyptic literature is that it uses vivid imagery to reveal (the word apocalypse means revelation) a greater sense of purpose and reality … Read Full Article

Gospel Meditations on the Cross: An Introduction

Gospel Meditations on the Cross: An Introduction

An Eye Always Towards the Resurrection There is no other sign or symbol that summarizes the Christian Faith like the Cross. Christians put crosses on our churches, in our homes, around our necks and some of us make the sign of the Cross over our bodies. We find our heart and identity grounded in, and defined by, the Cross of Jesus Christ. As the Apostle Paul said, “But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world … MORE ›

God Did Not Create Death

God Did Not Create Death

They say death comes in threes. And this past week, three people of personal significance to me were taken from this present life. First, I learned of my grandmother’s passing. Rose Ida Martini (April 13, 1927 – February 24, 2015) had herself lost her husband—my grandfather Vincent—only a few years ago. And in her final days, as my father reports, she was mindful of simply wanting to go home to be with him. I have fond memories from my youth traveling to be with … MORE ›

Binge-Watching the World Go By

Binge-Watching the World Go By

In practically every other context, a “binge” consumption is a disease. It’s something in need of psychiatric treatment, a five step program, or prescription narcotics. Not the case, however, with our perhaps tongue-in-cheek modern sickness of “binge-watching,” a phenomenon significant enough it has found its way into Oxford: [To] watch multiple episodes of (a television program) in rapid succession, typically by means of DVDs or digital streaming. A few years ago, binge-watching was glossed over by some as “mostly harmless,” qualifying … MORE ›

Glorification and Sacred Space

Glorification and Sacred Space

Why Christians Don’t Worship God in Temples Made with Hands And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you…Because I live, you also will live. In that day … MORE ›