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 […]

Six Ways a Man Makes a Difference

Isaiah 32:1-8 offers a prophetic portrait of the Messiah/King who would change the world. Skimming through those verses, one easily discerns a handful of values that a man can live out in his life—values that our modeled by the Ultimate Man, that Messiah/King, Jesus Christ. Here they are, laid out simply: A man influences what is around him with righteousness […]

He Arrived: A Christmas Poem

He arrived. In the midst of darkness and sin, the Promised Child of the Ages came to the scene. Unpretentious. Without fanfare. Quietly . . . on a still night in Palestine. To ordinary people. He arrived. For the brokenhearted and those filled with shame, the Immanuel came to the scene. A little child . . . a boy. Testified […]

Four Pieces of Advice from the Lives of Wise Men

Matthew 2:1-12 paints a compelling portrayal of bravery and determination, unpacking for all the story of magi who make their way toward Bethlehem from some distant land in the east. Contrary to conventional thinking, and the accompanying legends and carols, the magi likely many long months or perhaps even a year or so after Jesus’ birth, and were most likely […]

To Change the World

Our brief series entitled, Warrior: A Study of Biblical Womanhood,  may be summarized in a simple statement: women are ezer-warriors, to be reckoned with, bearing God’s image, and, called to change the world. It is the final part of this statement that captures our attention today. Esther is a powerful example of a woman who bested numerous cultural expectations with […]

Your King is Coming!

Five hundred and forty years before the first Easter a prophet named Zechariah captured the attention of God’s people, speaking directly into their vulnerabilities, fears and brokenness. After seventy years of exile within the high walls of a brutal empire, the Jewish people had been released to return to their ancient homeland and its capital, Jerusalem. They were a most […]