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[April 6, 2015 | No Comment | ]

by Mathew Block
“I thought the dead who are already dead more fortunate than the living who are still alive. But better than both is he who has not yet been and has not seen the evil deeds that are done under the sun.”
– Ecclesiastes 4:2-3 –
It is a grim passage we read here. Solomon, that King of Israel renowned for his great wisdom, looks upon the things of earth and despairs in the meaninglessness of it all. Wealth, wisdom, and even family fail to satisfy in the end. We spend …


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[February 26, 2015 | 2 Comments | ]

by Mathew Block
On February 15, Christians around the world shuddered as news of the Islamic State’s most recent atrocity was publicized. The terrorist organization released a video that day in which they beheaded 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians en masse.
“Their only words were ‘Jesus, help me!” Pope Francis commented following the release of the video. “They were killed simply for the fact that they were Christians.”
“The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out to be heard,” he continued. “It makes no difference whether they be …


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[February 13, 2015 | 2 Comments | ]

by Mathew Block
It’s something I grew up singing regularly as part of the liturgy, right before the Gospel reading: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68). The verse is a potent reminder of the power of Scripture; these aren’t just words on a page. They’re powerful. They change people. They bring eternal life.
And yet, if I’m honest, I too often live as if the words of Christ were not life to me. Too often I leave my Bible sitting on the shelf, …


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[December 15, 2014 | One Comment | ]

by Mathew Block
When it comes to Christmas, the picture of the baby Jesus asleep in a manger is etched in our cultural consciousness. We imagine the little Lord Jesus laying down His sweet head in the hay, while stars twinkle away in the sky. How easy it is to forget that this little child is also, in a way beyond our understanding, the God who made the universe. He is the Word who spoke creation into existence (Genesis 1:3 ff; John 1:1-3). And He is the One who continues to …


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[October 8, 2014 | One Comment | ]

by Mathew Block
“I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine,” she said to him again and again. He in turn laid bare the depths of his own love for her: “You have captivated my heart, you have captivated my heart with one glance.”
These are but a few of the words spoken between the two lovers of the Song of Songs. This work is unique among the books of the Bible, written as an extended love poem between a lover and his bride. The language is rich in imagery, passionate …


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[August 8, 2014 | One Comment | ]

by Mathew Block
Almost 1,700 years ago, bishops and other delegates from all across the Roman Empire converged on the city of Nicea (located in modern-day Turkey). They had serious business on the agenda. Trouble was brewing in Alexandria (in Egypt); a presbyter by the name of Arius had been teaching that the Son of God—Jesus—was not actually God. Arius believed that the Son of God had instead been created by God the Father, and that there was a time that the Son of God never existed.
That probably strikes you as …


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