Faith

“You have to understand the good in things, to detect the real evil.”

JRR Tolkien 

The Fruit of the Spirit | Goodness

OverviewThe next attribute of the fruit of the spirit in Galatians 5:22 is goodness. The Greek word for peace used in the text is agathōsynē, a word that finds minimal usage in the New Testament. It is derived from the root word agathos, which can refer to goodness in...

The Fruit of the Spirit | Patience

OverviewThe next attribute of the fruit of the spirit is patience. When looking at the Greek term for patience, I found that Greek has 2 different terms regularly used: makrothymia and hupomone. In scripture, the Greek word makrothymia is typically used and that is...

Does God’s Just-ness Depend on Our Sin?

I recently heard a pastor say from the pulpit that our personal salvation depends on our recognition of our sin. We can't, he said, fully love or accept Christ as our Savior until we have understood the weight of our sin. On a surface level, I agree with this...

Fruit of the Spirit | Peace

OverviewThe next attribute of the fruit of the spirit in Galatians 5:22 is peace. The Greek word for peace used in the text is eirene. Perhaps the most interesting tidbit I found when looking into this word is its etymology. Eirene is derived from the Greek root word...

Practicing the Fruit of the Spirit | JOY

If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be. We are not wise, and not very often kind. And much can never be redeemed. Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps this...

Celebrating the Season of Light

I’m one of those people who gets pretty excited to take down the Christmas decorations because, despite how much I adore them, I love that fresh, clean slate. This year, however, I decided to leave a few bits and bobs up - mostly, the dried oranges, evergreen boughs,...

Advent and JRR Tolkien | Joy and Peace

We've made it through the darkness. We've maintained hope that light will emerge, that good will overcome. We're ready to celebrate. Tolkien's tale of Middle Earth is like a traditional epic in that it follows a story of good versus evil where good comes out on top in...

Advent and JRR Tolkien | Hope and Faith

Last week, I mused over themes of darkness and light in Tolkien's works, linking them to the prevailing theme of light overcoming darkness that we recognize during Advent. This week, I move to the two themes represented by weeks one and two of the traditional Advent...

Advent and JRR Tolkien | Darkness and Light

Advent is upon us! For those unfamiliar with the liturgical tradition and traditional church year calendar, Advent is more than a calendar counting down the days towards Christmas. Instead, it is a season all its own and one of significance in the Christian faith. In...

Samhain + Celtic Christianity

A few years ago, I discovered Thomas Cahill’s book How the Irish Saved Civilization and was utterly fascinated. A longtime Anglophile, the Celtic traditions of Ireland and Scotland weigh heavy in my heart and my imagination. I was able to travel to Scotland...

Nationalism + Christianity

This is a topic that has been on my mind and heart for quite some time. It is by no means something that I have rectified or come to any sincere conclusions concerning; rather, I sense it will be an ongoing struggle as we move ever forward into new ages of this world....