St. Augustine of Hippo, The City of God (426)

“[Christian emperors] are happy if they rule justly; if they are not lifted up amid the praises of those who pay them sublime honors, and the obsequiousness of those who salute them with an excessive humility, but remember that they are men; if they make their power the handmaid of His majesty by using it for the greatest possible extension ...

Top 10 Books on the Civil War

While visiting with a family on a recent road trip, the topic of discussion included a friendly dialogue regarding the causes and results of what is commonly referred to as the Civil War. The results of this discussion lead me to prepare a list of the top 10 books that I would recommend as introductory reading about the Civil War. ...

A Picture of the Gospel

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. —Ephesians 5:31-32 ESV In this statement we find that the very fabric of marriage is a picture of something larger than two ...

Nineveh, the Bloody City

From it’s very inception, Nineveh was established as an expression of rebellion against God, and it’s foundation was laid in opposition to the commandments of God. We learn from Genesis 10:11 that Nimrod, after building the cities of Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh in the land of Shinar, went into Assyria and built Nineveh. Nimrod was a mighty hunter before ...

The Crown of the Aged

Seven weeks ago I had a unique and distinct opportunity. It was a specific privilege that many will overlook, and few will recognize the true significance of. Yet, it is an event of such consequential importance that it will shape my viewpoint on generational legacy and the importance of honoring our forefathers. This specific event was the 70th anniversary celebration ...

You Cows of Bashan

Hear this word, you cows of Bashan,   who are on the mountain of Samaria, who oppress the poor, who crush the needy,   who say to your husbands, ‘Bring, that we may drink!’ —Amos 4:1 Most people are flabbergasted when they discover that God regards contentious wives as cows. This is a hard thing for many people to understand, yet when ...

Mordecai In the Theatre of God

The book of Esther is a beautiful testimony to the sovereignty of God, the preservation of His church, and the providential orchestration of events in the life of men and women. The account of a young orphan maiden being elevated to the status of Queen of the Persian empire and interceding for the Jews is a story which many Christians ...

A Glad and Exulted Father

My son, if your heart is wise, my heart too will be glad. My inmost being will exult when your lips speak what is right. —Proverbs 23:15-16 Here is a model set forth whereby a sons might gladden the heart of his father, and lend toward the exultation of the father’s inmost being. It is set forth as the desire ...

Manhood, Risk, and Dominion

The essence of manhood is forgotten in this generation. The nature of being a man, characteristics of leadership, and qualities of godliness are not being taken seriously today. Men have abandoned their God-given duties in every sphere of influenc...

Review: Les Misérables (2012)

Here are a few thoughts on the film Les Mis??rables. We'll give some initial praise, some warnings, and then comment on several of the characters and their developement in the storyline of the film. PROS: It is excellent to see characters in this f...