Confessions on Total Depravity, Part 7: Doxology

Glory be to God the Father, Creator of all that exists, To the Son, Savior of those who believe, To the Spirit, Sanctifier of the profane; And peace to those on earth. Almighty, Pantocrator, Omnipotence, Yahweh, the Triune God, we pay homage to you who had mercy upon us! We bow before your throne andContinue reading “Confessions on Total Depravity, Part 7: Doxology”

Confessions on Total Depravity, Part 6: First Corinthians Two

To you, my Truth, I confess; I confess and will not hold back. All men are sinners; Transgressors every last one. All have sinned lacking your glory; Your splendor fails from men. Yet, you have revealed to us; You have shown to the sons of men; That if we believe your Gospel; The good newsContinue reading “Confessions on Total Depravity, Part 6: First Corinthians Two”

Confessions on Total Depravity, Part 5: Romans Eight

Let me therefore continue, oh Lord, as I seek to understand your word. Withhold not your answer from me nor deny my sincere question. Open my eyes, that I may behold the incredible meaning of your word. They say, my Master, that since sin has entered the world and all have been condemned under Adam’sContinue reading “Confessions on Total Depravity, Part 5: Romans Eight”

Confessions on Total Depravity, Part 4: Romans Five

Oh Lord, you are mighty and your word is true; With verity and strength you proclaim knowledge.      Your speech shows me things that are beyond me;      And I cannot plumb the depth of your mysteries.            Oh, open my eyes blinded by sin and frailty;            So that I may know you andContinue reading “Confessions on Total Depravity, Part 4: Romans Five”

Confessions on Total Depravity, Part 3: Psalm Fifty-One

“Ah,” they say, “You are wrong. Psalm 51:5 says, ‘Behold, in iniquity I was born, and in sin my mother conceived me’ (LEB). See, man is sinful from birth which means he is unable to respond to God.” Oh Lord, my creator, I fall before you. I submit my mind to you. You guide myContinue reading “Confessions on Total Depravity, Part 3: Psalm Fifty-One”

Confessions on Total Depravity, Part 2: Genesis Six and Eight

Read also Part 1. Yahweh, I come before you. Undeserving of any of your favors, for I am not worthy to be called your son. Oh Yahweh, guide my thoughts and my understanding. Lead me in the path of righteousness for your name sake. There are many who say we cannot respond to you unlessContinue reading “Confessions on Total Depravity, Part 2: Genesis Six and Eight”

Confessions on Total Depravity, Part 1

This post and the following ones are written in the form of a confession: theology put to prayer. It is a prayer to God as I exegete his word. Because it is a prayer, I do not have exegetical details in the text. Please see each footnote for exegetical support. Supplication Oh Lord, Yahweh God,Continue reading “Confessions on Total Depravity, Part 1”

Compassion: The Common Work of God

At times, I’ve heard a sentiment like this repeated: “It should surprise us that God should have compassion on us in our rebellion.” The statement above is common at least by way of sentiment in the evangelical world. But I wonder if it is true. Should we be surprised that God would move to haveContinue reading “Compassion: The Common Work of God”

Broken Sprit: Dealing with My Anger, Depression, and Bitterness

My soul is broken. I’m not sure how else to describe it. It’s taken me time to recognize this and I’m still discovering how I got here. Today, I am on my way to healing. But I have a long way to go. It is in this time I meditate on the goodness and kindnessContinue reading “Broken Sprit: Dealing with My Anger, Depression, and Bitterness”