On Dante

January 17, 2023
Dante Alighieri’s long poem, The Divine Comedy, is perhaps the greatest book of the Middle Ages and one of the greatest books of all time. Dante himself can be called the greatest of all writers in Italian, being the first to write a great book in the Italian language rath...
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10 Life Lessons from Luke 1

December 31, 2022

Luke 1

"And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord." - Luke 1:45Our discipleship group has started reading through Luke at five chapters per week. They found Psalms a bit too difficult to understand, so we're going to s...
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Psalm 15

"Yahweh, who shall sojourn (גור) in your tent (אֹ֫הֶל)? Who shall dwell (שׁכן) on your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly (תָּמִים), does what is right, and speaks truth in his heart...." - Psalm 15:1-2In this psalm of David, the big question is: what ar...
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Corruption

December 26, 2022

Psalm 14

"They have all turned aside. Together they have become corrupt. There is none who does good, not even one." - Psalm 14:3.Here's some life lessons from Psalm 14:It is extremely foolish to say to ourselves God does not exist (v. 1). Most of us are not philosophical atheists, b...
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McLaughlin, Rebecca. The Secular Creed: Engaging Five Contemporary Claims. Kindle ed. Austin, TX: The Gospel Coalition, 2021. Rebecca McLaughlin’s The Secular Creed (2021) is required reading for this year’s Colson Fellows Program. It is a quick read at about 100 pages. ...
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With a Double Heart They Speak

December 24, 2022

Psalm 12

"Save (ישׁע), Yahweh, for the godly (חָסִיד) one is gone, for the faithful (אֵמוּן) have vanished from among the children of man. Everyone utters lies to his neighbour. With flattering lips and a double heart they speak." - Psalm 12:1-2In this psalm, David ex...
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Break the Arm of the Wicked

December 21, 2022

Psalm 10

"Why does the wicked renounce God and say in his heart, 'You will not call to account'? But you do see, for you note mischief and vexation, that you may take it into your hands. To you the helpless commits himself. You have been the helper of the fatherless. Break the arm of...
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) was a Bostonian minister, magazine editor, diarist, essayist, lecturer, poet, and philosopher who has had an enormous influence on writers and thinkers in America and abroad. Much of his finest thought is distilled in his Essays ...
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Sunk in the Pit

December 20, 2022

Psalm 9

"The nations have sunk in the pit that they made. In the net that they hid, their own foot has been caught. Yahweh has made himself known. He has executed judgment. The wicked are snared in the work of their own hands. Higgaion (הִגָּיוֹן). Selah" - Psalm 9:15-16 In...
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Psalm 8

"When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?" - Psalm 8:3-4 In this psalm, David ponders why the God who made the sun, moon, and...
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