do you deceive?

Do you deceive as though we are fools? If that were so, a slippery slope we would plunge for perspicuity seeming obvious is a fundamentalist’s cry an enlightened mind would dare not utter but you said you made and sustained and raised and more, saved. were that not true and you betrayed us, we are…

Trisagion

At a conference this past week in Chicago, we sang the “Triasgion” together corporately, led by the Chicago Liturgists. I had never known of this ancient prayer, but was thankful that Fernando Ortega arranged a simple melody with the original text; it is particularly meditative, beautiful, and calls the listener to sing, participate, and worship…

Adam: God’s Beloved By Henri J.M. Nouwen

I have read several of Henri Nouwen’s books, including one that I read at my mother’s bed side as she was dying, and have found immense comfort and care in his words. He speaks so honestly, humbly, and creatively about suffering and the realities of the life of a christian. He leads his readers to…

O Fortuna?

O fortuna, do I hear you right? to agrigate fortune right out of his might? For the Trinity is one and the Trinity is three and the mercy received is not abstracted from thee for we have transgressed and and have been gladly purchased and, yes, too, blessed we, indeed, received pardon from sin but…

Number 8: Born Again

Incapable Unable For any inclination of good Unless I’m born again Conceived and re-understood. Inspired by the Heidelberg Catechism Lord’s Day 3 Question and Answer 8 Q & A 8 Q. But are we so corrupt that we are totally unable to do any good and inclined toward all evil? A. Yes,1 unless we are…

Number 7: Poisoned by Desire

Chaste child pure in heart and mind this is our yearning for mankind But the reprehensible dilemma is in conception and maturation our children are inherently corrupted towards damnation For it is not our act that beset this curse but a lineage poisoned by desire by ancestors seeing divinity to acquire. Inspired by the Heidelberg…

Number 6: The Intent of Immanent Souls

What was the intent of these immanent souls? Desiring and committing such flagrant atrocities it almost implies we were created for this Yet, in transcendent creation these souls bear the image of goodness purity righteousness poised to act and live and love and know and desire and pursue The wholly pre-eminant Creator. Inspired by the…

Number 5: I want to, I can’t

I want to! I want to! Live up to it all But I can’t. My body, so wounded and diseased oozing with lies and deceit I want to! I can’t! I want to! I can’t! In unending despair with each day seeking perfection and ending in defeat I hate Him I hate you It’s truly…

Number 4: Requiring So Much

Requiring so much and yet it could never be enough to love your God foremost, forever, in the fullness thereof But despite this simply put command there is one more demand to love your neighbor him, too? All the words they say and have said to you culminate in these two aforesaid mandates the we…