In John 5, Jesus notices a man who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years, lying near the Bethesda pool, which apparently was rumored to have healing powers for the first person who could enter the water when it was stirred by an angel. Jesus … [Continue reading] about Do You Want to Get Well?
I've been reading the Gospel of John during morning prayer this month, and several times have been struck by how Jesus confronts us with a fundamentally different way of knowing truth than we (Westerners) typically imagine. "How can you believe … [Continue reading] about We Believe Before We Know
It's interesting that the angel didn't just preach the gospel to Cornelius the Centurion in Acts 10. Instead Cornelius is told to fetch Peter, and of course at the same time an angel told Peter to allow himself to be fetched. It's interesting that … [Continue reading] about Why the Gospel Requires Presence
I've started reading St. Maximus the Confessor during my morning prayer time, and I found myself caught up in wonder, love, and praise when I read this quote: Everything will cease its willful movement toward something else when the ultimate … [Continue reading] about The Ultimate Beauty That Satisfies Our Desire
"Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and your law is truth." - Psalm 119:142 "Your law is truth." We aren't used to thinking like this. We think of laws as rules, so how can rules be truth? We read our own assumptions about what … [Continue reading] about Your Law is Truth?