Fruit of the Spirit: Peace

The Apostle Paul, having warned the Galatian Christians regarding important matters of doctrine (cf. Galatians 1:6-5:16), then turned to insist upon important matters of practice. He did so by comparing and contrasting the works ofContinue reading

Justice Executed

Be careful regarding what you request in prayer; you may just receive it. The prophet Habakkuk saw a burden, or oracle, at some point before the destruction of Jerusalem in 586 BCE (Habakkuk 1:1). TheContinue reading

Fruit of the Spirit: Joy

The Apostle Paul, having warned the Galatian Christians regarding the dangers of falling from grace by adhering to the Law of Moses (Galatians 1:1-5:16), sought to exhort them regarding sin and righteousness (Galatians 5:17-24). HeContinue reading

What Is the Gospel?

What is the Gospel? The Gospel is the good news of the life, death, resurrection, ascension, lordship, and imminent return of Jesus of Nazareth. The Gospel is described as the euangelion, the “good news” (e.g.Continue reading

Eager to Remember the Poor

We now approach the time of year when people begin to think about one another and give gifts and enjoy good cheer. While many times we think of providing gifts for those who are familyContinue reading


The Iranian plateau seems a world away from the lush valleys of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers: it is a more difficult land, akin to the great steppes to its north and northeast. For yearsContinue reading

Political Libertarianism

It is said that the two subjects to avoid in polite conversation are religion and politics. Furthermore, within Christianity, there is often an understandable desire to transcend the politics of the day. Politics, by theContinue reading

Fruit of the Spirit: Love

The Apostle Paul, having established his great concern regarding the Galatian Christians turning to the rites of the Law, then desired to encourage them to avoid sin and accomplish righteousness. He did so by condemningContinue reading