All tagged Absolution

Sour Grapes & Stale Crackers

I’m a lifelong Baptist and I’ve always been in church. Both my grandfathers served as pastors at various points in their lives, and my dad still ministers at a Baptist church in upstate South Carolina. Consequently, my understanding of the faith and practice of Christianity didn’t come with much in the way of liturgy. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing or something of which I’m resentful — it’s just a fact.

The Gospel Doesn’t Blow Smoke

Perhaps the most unfamiliar thing I’m going to have to get used to now that I’m a Pennsylvanian is the concept of burning trash. I never really thought about trash men and the weekly garbage pick-up system before. It just wasn’t a thing that crossed my mind that often, if at all. But now that I’m living in a location that doesn’t have access to such a benefit, I am obligated to live out whatever latent pyromaniacal tendencies might exist in my subconscious.

Expunging Yesterday’s Garbage

Yesterday’s are sinister. They’re filled with unfinished projects, incomplete assignments, unkind words, and unsaid feelings, among many other fragments of life that threaten today. Yesterday is a haunting memory for most of us.

The Amnesty of Amorous Sinners

Some may contend that if a singular quote requires further explanation then it shouldn’t be quoted, at least not by itself without its proper context. Perhaps that’s true — quotes that are timeless are the ones that stand on their own.

Unilateral Love to the Unlovely

In 2008, the economic world saw the exposure of what is considered the largest ponzi scheme in U.S. history. Financial broker and advisor Bernie Madoff had served as the chairman of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities since 1960, which quickly became one of the top market maker businesses on Wall Street.

The Word of Remembrance: Psalm CXIX Part 7

I am a very forgetful person. My wife can attest to that fact. If I don’t write a task or important piece of information down it’ll fly away, never making an imprint on my memory. I’ve determined to not forget things, though, and I engage this by being a scrupulous user of a to-do list.

New Clothes

You’re filthy. You’re grimy and grungy, so soiled and stained with sin that it’s hopeless and impossible for you to try and get clean. For you to wash yourself is a categorical impossibility. Under the divine gaze of the eternal Godhead, you stand guilty, and, under the righteous condemnation of his law, you’re culpable of every offense.

God’s Reach of Grace

The Scriptures really are God’s story of grace in our lives. Every book, every page, shows us more of God’s everlasting mercy and unilateral love for wayward, wretched people — the lost, the strays, the injured, the weak.

Tasting the Sweetness of Grace

I believe one of the unsung wonders of God’s creation is the tongue. That organ in your mouth that has a role in eating and speaking — the two most basic of human activities. It is a “small member” of your body, and yet it harnesses tremendous power.