Jesus: Redeemer and Unfaithful Bride

Humans are naturally bent toward works righteousness. We think that if we do good, God will think we are good. When it comes to Bible reading, we often moralize passages of Scripture, asking, “What does this passage have to do to me?” and “What is God requiring of me in this passage?” Those questions aren’t…

Covenant: A Strategy for Singing the Psalms

Part 2 in a 6 part series. View series intro and index. In order to properly understand the Psalms and sing them with saints of old, we must employ the right strategy. In other words, we need to have a proper biblical and theological hermeneutic (i.e. interpretive grid). As I mentioned in the last post, I propose…

Happy Anniversary to My Wife

On January 16, Carly and I celebrated our first anniversary as a married couple. We spent the weekend in Kansas City. We probably could have done the same things in Omaha that we did in KC, but it was much more fun to drive for three hours together, get away from our “world,” and relax…

Passion Week – Maundy Thursday Meditation

Part 4 in a 7 part series. View series intro and index. John 18:28-32 Then they led Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to the governor’s headquarters. It was early morning. They themselves did not enter the governor’s headquarters, so that they would not be defiled, but could eat the Passover. So Pilate went outside to them…

Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad!

Happy 26th anniversary, Mom and Dad!  This is better than the Silver Anniversary.  Why?  It’s the next one.  The next one is always better than the previous one.  (Perhaps I could say, “Happy first anniversary of the second 25”?) Thanks for being an example of the Trinity — very much one, yet very different.  Thanks…

God Loves Us Because He Loves Us

God’s heart is to carry us as a man carries his son (Deut. 1:31). Yet, despite God’s word, how often do we refuse him (Deut. 1:32)?  Still, how much more often does God say, “You transgressor! You stubborn of heart! You have no faith in me. You are running to everything else and whoring after…