the sanctified muse
Tag Archives: Christ
Free Will: Myth or Reality?
Sooner or later, every thinking Christian must attempt to reconcile the dilemma — a sovereign, omnipotent Creator who governs a universe filled with free creatures. If God maintains control over the affairs of men, are we truly free? It’s a … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged Arminianism, Calvinism, choice, choose, Christ, determinism, election, free will, gentleness, God, God's sovereignty, goodness, human freedom, Jesus, kindness, love, molinism, patience, relationship 2 Comments
“So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their endings.” -J.R.R. Tolkien Every once in a while, a book comes around that has it all ― adventure, romance, high suspense, life-and-death struggles, villains, heroes, redemption and panoramic scope. Unbroken, … Continue reading
Posted in Adventure, Uncategorized Tagged adventure, Christ, faith, fear, forgiveness, God, gratitude, Jesus, Laura Hillenbrand, Louie Zamperini, miracles, rage, redemption, salvation, Seabiscuit, triumph, unbroken 2 Comments
What is Truth? A Reader’s Challenge
A reader named Charlie wrote with his thoughts about my last post, “The Age of Slumber:” Good post. I’ve been reading an even more eloquent version of the same ideas from Timothy Keller called Reason for God.
I’ve had a piece of metal in my hand for 10 years. I don’t remember how it happened, but I was working with something made of sheet metal and cut my hand open. At the time, I didn’t know I’d … Continue reading
Posted in Acceptance, Trust Tagged believe, change, Christ, discipleship, faith, follow, God, Jesus, pain, refinement, refiner's fire, sanctification, submission, suffering, surrender, trust 4 Comments
Many of life’s most vital lessons come out of the blue. Conversely, few of them seem to come as a result of focused effort. When I try to apprehend them deliberately, it is as though God says, “That’s my job,” … Continue reading
Posted in Confession Tagged Catholic, Christ, confess, confession, cry out, embrace, forgiveness, God, lamb, lion, love, Protestant, redemption, repent, repentance, Savior, sin 4 Comments
I was already so drenched that the rain didn’t really matter anymore. Nevertheless, I was pedaling my bicycle full-bore to get to shelter, causing fat drops of rain to hit my face like bullets.
Easter in Ephesus
In planning a bit of light fare for this Muse, I got a wild hair and decided to paraphrase Ephesians 1:3-14. Paul may have been the most intense person that ever lived. His writings burst from the page in an … Continue reading
Posted in The Apostle Paul Tagged Apostle Paul, ardent, bursting, celebration, Christ, Easter, epistle, exuberance, exulting, forgiveness, God, grace, Jesus, leaping, Paul, redemption, salvation, Scripture, soaring, teaching, writings 2 Comments