A Brief Christian History of the Cosmos (with Some Defense and Exposition)

Christians claim that we live in a damaged world, although it still reveals to us an undamaged reality beyond and within. Growing up in a Christian home, I lived constantly with the idea that our brokenness is obvious and that all the beauty and wonder of this world speaks to us ceaselessly of a goodnessContinue reading “A Brief Christian History of the Cosmos (with Some Defense and Exposition)”

Notes on Dr. Michael S. Heiser’s The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible

Dr. Heiser’s book The Unseen Realm opens with the story of an uncomfortable realization after church one Sunday. A friend and fellow Hebrew language graduate student asked about Psalm 82’s description of a large council of gods responsible for the care of various nations and over which the God of Israel presided. Within American Christianity,Continue reading “Notes on Dr. Michael S. Heiser’s The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible”

Keeping Vigil in Our Hearts

Our church youth leader has organized a virtual retreat to support our young people in an all-night vigil leading into Holy Saturday (shared in shifts of private prayer within their homes throughout the night). Pray for me as I have been invited to lead a time of reflection for the young people in our churchContinue reading “Keeping Vigil in Our Hearts”

for creation to become like the burning bush

Robert Wright (journalist and author of several books who has said that God is a figment of the human imagination but also that he is not an atheist) interviewed David Bentley Hart on his video blogging channel (The Wright Show, posted here on YouTube, Feb 26, 2020). Wright did an excellent job of keeping HartContinue reading “for creation to become like the burning bush”

all become of one stature

Then the trumpet shall blow with great shouting, and the foundations of the earth shall shake, and the dead shall rise from their graves, and all become of one stature, and the secret thoughts of all stand revealed before Thee. A hymn from the Orthros service on the morning of Judgement Sunday (Orthodox church, AntiochianContinue reading “all become of one stature”

Angelic, Glorified and Social Bodies in Dale Martin’s Work

Image: this is a detail from a traditional transfiguration icon. See full image and info at bottom of post. “In reality only the Deity is immaterial and incorporeal.” —St. John of Damascus Section Titles: Introduction Summary and Critique of Dale Martin’s Book (as an Aside) Martin’s Key Points on Paul’s Model of the Cosmos andContinue reading “Angelic, Glorified and Social Bodies in Dale Martin’s Work”

God our Savior, Who Desires all People to be Saved

The Crucifixion, tempera, Andreas Pavias (active in Crete during the second half of the 15th century). At a recent book club discussion (on The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies, to give only the subtitle), a gentle Christian lady seated to my left asked me if the author David Bentley Hart could still be consideredContinue reading “God our Savior, Who Desires all People to be Saved”

the Tree of Life blossoms forth from the virgin in the cave

Our homily in church this morning was on Jesus Christ as the tree of life as it is given back to us at Christmas. This idea that Jesus is the tree of life is among the most prominent images from the church’s oldest Nativity hymns and prayers. Here is one example: Prepare, O Bethlehem, ForContinue reading “the Tree of Life blossoms forth from the virgin in the cave”

Santa’s Family Tree in Pictures

Santa Claus has an old and lively family. Like all families, it is filled with stories, but here I want to focus on the images before the stories. Following multiple branches through time is not easy to represent, and I’ve opted to move first down a secondary branch from Odin to Santa Claus and thenContinue reading “Santa’s Family Tree in Pictures”

My Accidental Day with Super Power

I have taken down the original draft of this story as it has been posted in a revised version as “A Misunderstanding with my Guardian Angel over the Meaning of Super-Power” by Macrina Magazine. Note on the background of my writing of this story: In preparation for our Thanksgiving get-together this year, my mother-in-law askedContinue reading “My Accidental Day with Super Power”