Purposeful Piety

“Thy will be done” these four words capture something primitive. They do not contain the Majestic anthem of our Lord “Holy, Holy, Holy”, nor do they contain the command of peace and stillness “Be still and know that I am God”, they even do not hint at the wondrous mystery of “I Am”, and yetContinue reading “Purposeful Piety”

The Christian’s Joy

Joy is something that has always been a rather elusive concept both cognitively and experientially for me. Cognitively it has always seemed that it was something that people experienced but couldn’t describe in any meaningful or conceptual manner, it seemed as though Joy was something limited to experiential reality and had no place in beingContinue reading “The Christian’s Joy”

American Theology

Over the years, I’ve heard dozens of stories about the after-effects of intense persecution and for the most part, they have unfortunately left me un-phased and unchallenged. This year I took up the challenge to read as many of A. W. Tozer’s works as I could, and while several other authors joined the reading list,Continue reading “American Theology”

Contemporary Donatism: A Heretical Response to Scandal in the Church

When I first sat down to pen this article in March of 2021, it was in the midst of a wave of scandal breaking out from the evangelical church. While it is beautiful to see the truth coming to light, I am admittedly troubled as a historian and student of our ancient fathers. One ofContinue reading “Contemporary Donatism: A Heretical Response to Scandal in the Church”

Christian Leadership: An Examination of Luke 17:1

He said to His disciples, “It is inevitable that stumbling blocks come, but woe to him through whom they come! (NASB 95) There are three words in this verse that I think bear enough weight to address in an exegetical fashion. The first “inevitable” or ἀνένδεκτος is most literally understood as meaning impossible to notContinue reading “Christian Leadership: An Examination of Luke 17:1”

Rehashing Piety in the Modern World

On April 20th, of the year 2020, I began a journey through the Institutes of the Christian Religion, by John Calvin. Today is July 9th of the year 2021. My perspective on the meaning of piety has changed more in the past year than in the preceding years. Over the past year, Calvin’s insights alongsideContinue reading “Rehashing Piety in the Modern World”

Compelled, Convinced, and Changed

The Following Musings are inspired by the work of Ed Stetzer and Philip Nation in the first chapter of their book “Compelled by Love” I think most Evangelicals, conservative and progressive alike, would agree with me in saying that the love of Christ ought to compel me towards some end, convince me of some thing,Continue reading “Compelled, Convinced, and Changed”

Contemplative Thought as Prayer

Growing up in the Southern Baptist and Non-denominational Christian traditions, I’ve always viewed myself as being someone who struggled exceptionally with prayer. Prayer always seemed to be discussed from the pulpit as being immensely private or public, depending on the pastor. It was my experience that prayer involved lots of social activity. Prayer seemed toContinue reading “Contemplative Thought as Prayer”

Grace and Sin in the pursuit of Christian Uniformity

Let me first begin by admitting that what follows is purely from my own mind, in the sense that this is a reflection and attempt to express an explanation for the inner workings of my own mental processes on the topic at hand. While there may be literature on the topic I am not intentionallyContinue reading “Grace and Sin in the pursuit of Christian Uniformity”