Saint John: The Evangelist of Christ’s Redeeming Love

Saint John the Evangelist (1604) by El Greco (1541-1614)

Saint John the Evangelist (1604) by El Greco (1541-1614)

Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. (‭1 John‬ ‭3‬:‭16‬ KJV)

The more I read and pray through his testimony the more I appreciate Saint John the Evangelist. The “disciple whom Jesus loved” had “one sermon:” the love of Christ that he saw and could never get over. He saw that love in Jesus’ compassion for the poor, in his charge to love one another on Maundy Thursday, and as Jesus ministered to Mary from the cross on which he loved the world that crucified him.

John was the disciple of God’s love in Christ. And shall we who have received that redeeming love from Calvary’s cross not also declare His love to others?

The Bethsaida Syndrome

Blind man healed

“To crooked eyes truth may wear a wry face”  - J.R.R. Tolkien “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true. ” – Søren Kierkegaard Darkness cannot reveal and ascent to the light. Rather the light illumines the darkness and […]

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Resting at the Foot of the Cross with Monod

Adolphe Monod (1802-1856) a pastor and professor in the French Reformed Church.

Evangelical Press of England will soon be publishing another installation of the sermons of the nineteenth century French Reformed pastor and professor, Adolphe Monod. Those who know Monod’s works will not be surprised that Constance K. Walker is, once again, the editor and translator. Dr. Constance Walker, a physicist from Duke University, has blessed and refreshed the Church […]

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Chart Your Course by Psalm 78:4


Set your bearings by God’s faithfulness in our Past. Chart your course by Christ’s promises for your Future. For Psalm 78:4 teaches: We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.

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Project Josiah: Support a Ministry that Helps Those Who Have Fought to Keep our Independence

Project Josiah

I am proud to be associated with my friend, The Reverend Bobby Farmer, and the great ministry of Project Josiah Restoration Ministry: Combat Veterans Helping Combat Veterans. Learn more about it at their site: As you will read from their missions statement and their principles the ministry extends far beyond what government can do. While our […]

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An Independence Day Tribute: Samuel Adams and the ‘Divine Being’ Question


Sometimes I read or hear analysts pointing to the founding fathers’ use of phrases such as “Supreme Ruler” or the “Divine Being” as evidence that these men were speaking of a Deist conception of God. While that may have been so in some cases it was not so in all cases. Even a cursory reading […]

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What is Your One Sermon?

Dear Pastoral/Chaplain Students in the Gospel of Christ: I want to bring you a charge as we approach the conclusion of this season of study. My charge to you is to preach one sermon. This is what I mean. If we read Paul right, then this former blasphemer could never get over the grace of […]

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Introducing the Newly Revised Chaplain Corps Journal


I was honored when my friend and my supervisor in my Army chaplaincy, Chaplain (Colonel) Peter Sniffin, US Army, Deputy Commandant, US Army Chaplain Center and School, whom I have known for many years (we first met in Heidelberg, Germany when our paths crossed at the HQ of Seventh Army Europe), invited me to be […]

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Phlox in Early Summer


O the blessed joys of a winding walkway to a porch with summer phlox welcoming a guest or inviting this homeowner to linger a little longer. I noticed this as a cool Carolina breeze passed over our porch. So I snapped a photo of the Phlox and found a poetic companion from Sir Edmund Gosse, […]

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A Missions Report from David Livingstone that Still Challenges Us Today

David Livingstone, by Frederick Havill, given to the National Portrait Gallery, London in 1896.

“People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa. Can that be called a sacrifice which is simply paid back as a small part of a great debt owing to our God, which we can never repay? Is that a sacrifice which brings its own blest reward […]

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