17 April 2022

Do Not Look For The Living Among The Dead

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; He has risen! Remember how He told you, while He was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered His words.

When the women who followed Jesus from Galilee to Jerusalem returned to the tomb in which He had been laid after His crucifixion, they were coming to ritually anoint His body with perfumes and spices in accordance with Jewish tradition, having waited through the Sabbath to do so. This was how they would say their final farewell to Him.

However, instead of saying "goodbye", they heard a most miraculous "hello!"

The women were also presented with a question: "why do you look for the living among the dead?"

25 December 2021

A Savior Is Born

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

The Gospel of Luke tells us that Jesus, the only begotten Son of God was born in the town of Bethlehem, in Judea. Christian tradition tells us He was born on December 25, the day we know as Christmas.

24 December 2021

Christmas Prayers

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
Luke 2:11
Every December 25th, Christians everywhere celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ--the Son of God, through whom all of Mankind is offered eternal Salvation and life everlasting.

Every December 25th, people of all faiths unite in sharing this Christian holiday, joining the religious observance with interfaith wishes of peace on Earth and good will towards all men.

Every December 25th, we are called--regardless of faith--to reflect upon what truly matters in this world, and what truly does not matter. 

07 November 2021

No King In Israel. No King Required--Then Or Now

In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did what was right in his own eyes.

Judges 21:25

I recently read an interesting essay by Peter Earle of the American Institute for Economic Research. The essay revolved around a question that supposedly no libertarian had ever been able to answer: What would keep someone from buying a massage table, a set of steak knives, and with no training whatsoever starting a surgical practice?

Mr. Earle's essay is a fascinating overview of libertarian and economic thought, with defenses of the usual regulatory practices that modern libertarian thought tends to embrace as necessary. What is especially fascinating is that he never actually answered the question as it had been posed to him. but rather seemed more interested in establishing why such a question was not germane to libertarian thought.

The answer, of course, is supremely obvious: "Nothing at all."

31 October 2021

Treasure On Earth, Treasure In Heaven

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Matthew 6:19-21

The other day I happened across two editorial pieces, one at "Quoth The Raven", an alternative media pseudonymous newsletter on Substack, the other a piece in the Washington Post. The Quoth The Raven article was more or less a rebuttal to the Washington Post piece calling for Americans to "lower their expectations" regarding the shortages and price hikes that are seemingly everywhere of late. The Quoth The Raven took the opportunity to address what the author called "the quality of life con."

While both are interesting reads, ultimately both are wrong.

17 October 2021

Will We Be Sheep Or Goats This Christmas?

"When the Son of man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left. Then the King will say to those at his right hand, 'Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink? And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee? And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?' And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.' Then he will say to those at his left hand, 'Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.' Then they also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see thee hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to thee?' Then he will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me.' And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."

Matthew 25:31-46

Recently there have been a number of news articles highlighting a growing probability of a shortage of Christmas toys, decorations, and other goodies due to global supply chain dysfunction. Do your shopping extra early this year, we are being told, or else you may not be able to buy any Christmas stuff at all.

While the ability of global supply chains to quickly and efficiently deliver goods to market is a real economic concern and a serious economic problem, we still must pause to ponder if the Christmas holiday is the proper vehicle for calling attention to the issue.

Is Christmas just about toys under a tree?

10 October 2021

Good Leadership, Christian Leadership, Starts With Not Being Stupid

Bid the older men be temperate, serious, sensible, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness.

Titus 2:2

When I started this blog, I was resolved to keep political matters out. I wanted to focus on the Bible, on God, and on how to live in accordance with both.

Of late, political matters have intruded, perhaps inevitably so. Wherever there are men gathering together, there will be politics.

Yet in this moment I find myself thinking not about politics, but politicians--in particular, Senator Charles Schumer, Democrat from New York and Senate Majority Leader. I find myself thinking, and wondering, at how a man seemingly so accomplished can be so incomprehensibly stupid.