Feet Like That of Jesus: A Poem for the New Year

Father, give me feet like that of the Savior’s, That tread faithfully down the servant’s path. May they be fit for your honor and reputation, Supporting a frame that builds what only lasts. In the wake of the dust they create, May love be sown around. And may it be that many will follow, As they aim toward Heaven’s ground. (C) […]

Munus Triplex and the Crucifixion

The geography was made for the moment. Caesarea Philippi, located 25 miles north of the Sea of Galilee, was a place of unusual significance. No mere spot on the road, this city had been built up by Philip II, the son of Herod the Great. In honor of Caesar Augustus he called it Caesarea, and to distinguish it from another […]

A Lament for Ahmaud

When my white friends (and those who have chosen to no longer be my friends) wonder why I continue to talk about racial justice and issues of marginalization, and the privilege of white people sharing and even surrendering power and position to those with brown and black bodies, and I put it forward as the gospel issue that it is, […]

Four Benefits of a Blameless Life

King David, in Psalm 119:80, offers this rich prayer: May my heart be blameless in your statutes, that I may not be put to shame! Indeed, this prayer ought to be on the lips of every follower of Jesus Christ. I ask myself what might be the benefits of a blameless life. It appears that a lack of shame would […]

The Beauty of Penal Substitution

Not long ago a helpful book regarding the problem of mass incarceration was shared around our community–Dominique Gilliard’s work, Rethinking Incarceration: Advocating for Justice that Restores. His writing does a noble job of highlighting many of the tragic dynamics shaping what I tend to think of as the “Incarceration Complex.” I commend the work to you. That said, there is […]