Esther: The Hidden Hand of God

The Book of Esther is an intriguing work in the Old Testament canon. It is known for its ironic narrative and theological subtlety. The name of God is not mentioned in the entire book, an omission that has caused debate about its place in Holy Scripture. In my view, the absence of the divine name […]

When God Wounds

The great preacher Martyn Lloyd-Jones was once asked, “What does a person look like who has truly met God?” Alluding to Genesis 32:31 he replied, “He walks with a limp.” The story referred to by Dr. Jones is the strange tale of God and Jacob wrestling through the night. Frederick Buechner titled this story The Magnificent Defeat. Jacob tangles with his […]

The Cross and Justice

I recently read a book titled Exclusion and Embrace by Miroslav Volf. The book is deeply personal as Volf makes clear in his preface. He does a brilliant job of articulating a unique tension that exists for the Christian community: the passionate pursuit of justice for the oppressed and the embrace of the oppressor in the […]

The Heidelberg Disputation

The Heidelberg Disputation was a significant landmark in Luther’s theology. I personally love this disputation as it captures the heart of his thinking. The Book of Concord explains what the disputation was all about. “Following Luther’s proposal for a disputation on the subject of indulgences, the Augustinian Order, to which Luther belonged, was generally supportive […]

God in the Dark

Gregory of Nyssa was a theologian that lived in 300 A.D. He was one of the Cappadocian Fathers along with Basil of Caesarea and Gregory of Nazianzus. Gregory and the other two fathers played a significant role in the formation of the Nicene Creed. They also wrote some significant theological works on the Trinity, the Holy […]

Barren Sarah and the Life of Faith

Abraham is held up in Scripture as one of the prime examples of faith. God made many promises to this man and it seemed as though none of them would be fulfilled. The promise of a son was the cardinal promise. The creation of a great nation, the acquisition of land, and the hope of […]

Does Despair Have a Function?

What do you think about despair in the life of a believer? Does it have a place? Does it play a role? Is there any redeeming value in such a dark emotion? I know there are mixed opinions on this topic. Check out this text from 2 Corinthians and let me know your thoughts about […]

The Elusive Presence

Blaise Pascal said, “a religion which does not affirm that God is hidden is not true…and a religion which does not offer the reason is not illuminating.” Surely you are a God who hides himself. And surely you are a God who does not need to explain himself. Every divine disclosure is also a divine […]