JESUS


Spiritual (Character) Formation

One of my favorite Bible verses is 2 Corinthians 5:17, which claims, “anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (NLT) But what does that mean in relation to who we are as a complete human being? Does it mean that everything about us–our whole spiritual AND moral …Continue reading →

JESUS/”Blink”

It has taken me a long time to truly understand a very simple thing, something the Bible has prescribed all this time, which is to fix our focus on Jesus! Erroneously, but with well intentions, I thought that the more I focused on maturing myself through sanctification the further I left the elementary principles of the gospel behind me. But …Continue reading →

Quantum Particles of Irresistible Grace

O detached string of causal necessity give form back its feeling by the imprint of Light’s touch. Your quantum particles of irresistible grace fill vibrating vessels of visible vicissitudes. Are you for real? Or just a figment of my imagination? Or part of my collective unconscious, if there is such a thing? How can I prove Your existence? Solipsists say …Continue reading →

Paradox of Pottery

Terracotta earth. Fired clay. A kiln. A glaze. A cool breeze to cement the work of the day. Timeless art of caked, cracked hands Soothing voluptuous jars from indigenous sands. Tender touch of gravity’s fall Leaks water’s conversion to wine. Man-made earthen vessels blessed by the divine To celebrate a wedding, but more importantly, The God-Man’s reversal of the Fall. …Continue reading →

Amen!

Love me. Teach me. Guide me in all Your ways. Help me humble myself before You everyday, and if need be, humble me, so my thoughts may be pure and pleasing to You. May my actions never cease to emulate You releasing a sweet smelling fragrance of salvation’s freedom. More than anything, I seek to please You – the One …Continue reading →

A LOVING GENERAL

The struggles we encounter are not always elicited by self-destruction and self-dilapidation, but by strategic trials that are necessarily entailed by divine circumstances. Bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people. This is not an appointed suffering by a draconian deity. Look at the life of a “blameless and upright” man like Job, who suffered …Continue reading →

Plight of an Artist

The plight of an artist Bleeds stripes of passion. Across the back of a scarred soul, Where self-medication takes its guilt-ridden toll, The soul of an artist curves Like a beam of light At the edge of a black hole Bending reality With hungry arms And a thirsty tongue Suckling deep At the breast of a lover’s song.   The …Continue reading →

Liberation Theology

If you have ever heard the term “liberation theology” in conversation but were too embarrassed to ask what it meant or maybe you are already acquainted with the term but you would like a relatively terse description of it, then look no further. In this 10 page paper, you will learn the methodology of one of the movement’s favorite sons, …Continue reading →

Mosaic Art by Sirio Tonelli

“The Holy Theophany (Epiphany) of Our Lord,” in the Greek Orthodox Tradition. Photo taken by Emmanuel Petkas. “The Sea” in the “The Holy Theophany (Epiphany) of Our Lord,” in the Greek Orthodox Tradition. Photo taken by Emmanuel Petkas. I don’t how I came across this picture, but, when I first saw it, I fell in love with it. Everytime I …Continue reading →

“The Divine Image” by William Blake

To Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love All pray in their distress; And to these virtues of delight Return their thankfulness. For Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love Is God, our father dear, And Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love Is Man, his child and care. For Mercy has a human heart, Pity a human face, And Love, the human form divine, And …Continue reading →

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