Unseen Footprints

For the singer of Psalm 77, comfort is a stranger. His is a season of sorrow and spiritual fatigue. I value the authenticity of this Psalm. I also appreciate the key elements that make up  the movement of the Psalm. The singer moves from cries to questions to remembrance. This is a movement we can learn […]

Forgiveness and Redemption

As was noted in the last post, the New Testament utilizes images to explore the contours of God’s saving work. In this post we explore yet another image that overlaps with forgiveness. That theme is redemption. In Pauline thought forgiveness and redemption are closely linked. Consider these two texts. “In him we have redemption through his blood, the […]

Seeds, Plants, Trees, and the Love of God

Genesis 1:11 “And God said, ‘Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.’ And it was so.” Luther’s Commentary “This peculiar care of God over us and for us even before we were created, may be contemplated rightly […]