Biblical Models for the Warrior

Scripture is filled with models the reader is intended to avoid or follow. Every portion of Scripture functions to teach, reprove, correct, and train in righteousness (2 Tim 3:16). This pedagogical function includes examples throughout the Bible; they are there to instruct and encourage us (Rom 15:4). For example, Job’s patience in suffering is to […]

Warrior Rituals in the Bible

The warrior battle rhythm has three recurring movements: prepare for combat, go to combat, and return from combat. This cadence frames military life. Historically, warrior communities have recognized the importance of helping their troops navigate these phases.[1] Countless rituals, practices, and models of warrior care have emerged from these communal undertakings.[2] This is true for […]

Warriors and Deuteronomy 20

Hermeneutically, new covenant instruction to Christian warriors supersedes old covenant material (Jer 31:31-34; Gal 3:15-4:7; Rom 6:14-15; Heb 8:6-13). As the above discussion has established, the new covenant affirms and guides the godly warrior.[1] Through the lens of the new covenant, the Christian reader should study the principles and practices of warriors in the old […]

Warriors in Romans 12-13

Paul’s discussion on governing authorities is essential for understanding the profession of arms. In Romans 12:9-21, Paul issues a litany of imperatives for how believers should operate in the world: love, compassion, hospitality, honor, fervency, joy, patience, generosity, unity, and humility are the marching orders of the saints (Rom 12:9-16). When facing evil, believers are […]

Warriors in Luke-Acts

Continuing the discussion from the last post, this is a look at the soldiers and Roman centurions found in the Luke-Acts narratives. There is much to be learned for the contemporary combatant through these texts. Receiving the kingdom of God and living a life of repentance does not include repudiating life in the military. Rather, […]

The Bible and the Warrior

As a military chaplain, I have been thinking hard on what the Bible has to say to the warfighter. I have found that Scripture is replete with instruction, perspective, and guidance for the warrior. Here are a few observations from a paper I have been working on regarding the topic. Scholars agree, war is no […]

God’s Mercy for Messed Up Families

Jon Bloom wrote an excellent article on this topic—it brought hope to my soul as a broken husband, father and human being who is well too familiar with the mess of family. Be encouraged, you are not alone. The remainder of this post is from Bloom. Have you ever noticed how hard it is to […]

Whether One May Flee From a Deadly Plague

Originally posted on Gospel & Gratitude:
Here is a must read gem from Martin Luther’s life and ministry. This entire post is taken from T.F. Lull’s book Martin Luther’s Basic Theological Writings. Whether One May Flee From a Deadly Plague (1527) On August 2, 1527 a case of the plague was discovered in Wittenberg. The university was…

Running from Death

Christ came for those chained to the “fear of death” (Heb 2:15). We all lie under this death sentence. Death produces fear and this fear becomes lifelong bondage (Heb 2:14-15). Richard Beck wrote a book on this very topic, he argues that our fear of death drives us to fierce avoidance of our mortality. He […]

Dear Fellow Struggling Parent

I cannot think of one time in the last 16 years of parenting where I have thought: “Oh man I am absolutely crushing this parenting thing.” If anything, parenting has been a constant exposure of my shortcomings, failures and inability to be who I want to be as a Dad. If parenting is an anvil […]