JESUS


love story

one should read the BIBLE as a mystery novel: a story of prideful irony (sin) and ironic pride (salvation) one should peruse its pages for the character development of villain and hero one should be prepared to personally invest into the proverbial love story that takes place between author and reader

El Tiburón

A young man about twenty-five years old paddles out to his local surf break in San Clemente, California. The silhouette of something substantial yet sprightly in the murky water startles the surfer with no name. The still sea around him becomes agitated. Moments later, a creature scuffs his leg. He recoils his limbs and lies flat on his board like …Continue reading →

Enemy Line

Christ is the ideal soldier: he never leaves a man behind. Even under enemy fire he risks his own life to save the men and women under his authority. He puts the needs of his platoon before his own: they eat and then he eats; they sleep and then he sleeps; they shower and then he showers. His love is …Continue reading →

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 / “Rainbow Sandals”

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 time. 072618

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 mortality 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 that suckles deep at the breast of immortality’s song. The plight …Continue reading →

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