The Day I Would Die

I closed my eyes and waited. Today was the day we would die in the arena. Not long ago, I had been asked to throw incense to Caesar and call him that which no mere man was… call him a god. But, Jesus was Lord. Jesus is always Lord. He never changes. Caesar was a mere mortal, a son of man who would wither like the grass. By the grace of God, we who confessed Jesus as Lord would not die; rather, we who die with Him will also live with Him.

Only God knew what awaited any of us in the arena. Sometimes, it made my blood run cold. But, I knew Jesus was with me. Continue reading “The Day I Would Die”

Is It Even Possible (A Communion Poem)

Is it even possible that I

Should partake of the flesh of my God

Or feast on the blood of my King?

Is it even possible that I

Should be nourished in my Maker’s death

Or well by His last labored breath?

Is it even possible that I

Should be whole because God was broken

Or live on the blood of His cross?

Is it even possible that I

Should take my life’s sustenance from

From the crushing of my Sovereign?

I approach this table with trembling

Reverence, awe, and holy fear – I come

My God, slain for me, bids me come

So I come with this holy terror

He took my curse – I’m obligated

To eat His flesh and drink His blood

For His command is holy true and just

I dare not disobey Him, so I

Come with thankfulness and trembling

Copyright 2018 Raina Nightingale

Hypocrisy in the American Church: A Scandal and Disgrace

In one of the Letters to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul wrote that an immoral person who refuses to repent should be expelled from the Church. Then he writes, “I do not mean for you not to associate with unbelievers; to do that, you would have to leave the world.” So, obviously, the idea is that there should not be persistent public sin in the Church, but, as Jesus did, we should relate to and love people, regardless of whether their sins are particularly heinous or disgusting in whatever way.

This is precisely what I do not see in the American Protestant Church. Others may have the same problem or very similar and closely related problems, but I’m going to focus on a manifestation of this plague which afflicts Protestantism. Continue reading “Hypocrisy in the American Church: A Scandal and Disgrace”