• Are We Amusing Ourselves to Death?
    Reading Time: 5 minutes Neil Postman’s 1985 book Amusing Ourselves to Death is about the negative effects of television on public discourse. Postman’s central claim is that television has turned what was formerly serious discourse into entertainment. The problem is not simply the existence of pointless entertainment on TV, but that pointless entertainment […]
  • The Lord’s Supper – The Command
    Reading Time: 5 minutes A number of years ago, Erwin Lutzer, former pastor of Moody Church in Chicago, wrote a chapter for a book titled Deserving of Tears where he tells this story: “‘Is there anything more sorrowful, more deserving of tears, than that the Lord’s Supper should be as a subject of […]
  • Pilgrims, Puritans, and Thanksgiving
    Reading Time: 4 minutes A Brief History On December 11, 1620, the Pilgrims arrived in what would become Plymouth, Massachusetts. They suffered a painful and debilitating winter in which many settlers died of starvation. When spring arrived, Native Americans such as Squanto and Samoset miraculously befriended the settlers and helped them learn to […]
  • Biblical Hermeneutics
    Reading Time: 13 minutes The word hermeneutics comes from the Greek word which means “to interpret.” Hermeneutics is the science of interpretation. How do we interpret the Bible correctly? What are the rules and guidelines for correct interpretation? If Scripture is the inspired Word of God (2 Tim. 3:16), then reading it, studying […]
  • 3 Resources to Teach Children About the Bible
    Reading Time: 4 minutes When I approach a storybook that seeks to teach children about Bible, I’m curious about several things. What stories and topics will the author choose to include or exclude? Will the stories be accurately told? What will the author give in the way of application (if any)? And can […]
  • The Irrationality of Spiritual Leadership
    Reading Time: 2 minutes Part 6 in JJ Routley’s Leadership in Joshua series. See part 5 here. irrational leadership Today’s reading: Joshua 5:1-9. Key verses: Joshua 5:1-2. In today’s passage, the people of Israel had just witnessed an incredible miracle with the crossing of the Jordan river into Canaan. The invasion had begun. The people were excited. […]
  • How to Resolve Personality Conflicts within the Church
    Reading Time: 5 minutes A number of years ago, while I was speaking at a conference, I asked my friend, who is a full-time worker at that church, how the ministry was going. With a sheepish grin, he responded, “The ministry was going great, it’s all the Christians I work with that make […]
  • The Authority of the Old Testament Law in the New Testament Church
    Reading Time: 6 minutes One word that we can use to describe the culture around us, including much of the visible church, is the word antinomian. This $5 theological word describes the idea that we are freed from the demands of God’s moral law. As people read the law of God found in […]
  • The Best Leaders Learn from the Past to Impact the Future
    Reading Time: 3 minutes Part 5 in JJ Routley’s Leadership in Joshua series. See part 4 here. Today’s reading: Joshua 4:1-24. Key verses: Joshua 4:23-24. At the end of Joshua chapter 3 the entire nation crosses over the Jordan river while the priests hold the ark of the covenant of the Lord in the midst of where […]
  • “Tolle Lege”: The Enduring Legacy of John Calvin’s Institutes
    Reading Time: 6 minutes “Our wisdom, insofar as it ought to be deemed true and solid wisdom, consists almost entirely of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves.” Thus, begins John Calvin’s magnum opus, Institutes of the Christian Religion. And with precision that betrays tremendous erudition, the greatest of the Protestant […]
  • Where Leaders Come From
    Reading Time: 4 minutes Part 4 in JJ Routley’s Leadership in Joshua series. See part 3 here. Today’s reading: Joshua 3:1-17. Key verse: Joshua 3:7. A big question in the book of Joshua is this: can Joshua measure up to the kind of leader that Moses was? Will Joshua be able to fill Moses’ sandals? Moses was […]
  • Overlooking the Obvious
    Reading Time: 6 minutes This article was originally published in the Spring 2006 issue of Journey Magazine. The Great Commission The heart of the “great commission” that our risen Lord Jesus gave His followers is found in one word – μαθητεύσατε. This is the main verb in the sentence. A careful consideration of […]
  • Pain and Shame for Gain
    Reading Time: 4 minutes 2 Tim. 1:8-14 Therefore, do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord nor of me his prisoner but share in suffering for the gospel through the power of God who saved us and called us to a holy calling not because of our works but because of […]
  • Leadership Lessons from a Prostitute
    Reading Time: 3 minutes Part 3 in JJ Routley’s Leadership in Joshua series. See part 2 here. Today’s reading: Joshua 2:8-21. Key verses: Joshua 2:9-11. Rahab the harlot is an important figure in the book of Joshua for her demonstration of faith in Yahweh as the powerful God who is giving her land to his people. Though […]
  • Meet the Puritans: A Review
    Reading Time: 4 minutes This article was originally published in the Summer 2009 issues of Journey Magazine. Who Were the Puritans? For many people the term “Puritan” or “puritanical” conjures up images of pharisaical judgmentalism or joyless legalism. H. L. Mencken’s quip that “Puritanism is the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be […]
  • Teaching Tips: Rock Your Routines
    Reading Time: 3 minutes Repetition Isn’t Always Bad We tend to think that repetition is boring, and sometimes that’s true. Eating the same dinner every night would get old fast, and most people wouldn’t wear the same clothes day in and day out. Variety is nice. But repetition isn’t always bad. Some formulas […]
  • Leaders, Trust Your Followers
    Reading Time: 3 minutes Part 2 in the Joshua and Leadership Series. Read part 1 here. Today’s reading: Joshua 2:1-24. Key verses: Joshua 2:10-11. Joshua 2 begins with a secret mission when Joshua commissions two Israelite ninjas to sneak over the Jordan and into Jericho to spy out the land. The spies are to gain information that […]
  • How Do Church Leaders in Training Write Papers?
    Reading Time: 2 minutes A summary of BB Warfields excellent address to the students of Princeton, 1911. To do ministry you must learn. If you don’t know theology, you aren’t a good pastor. However, even above being learned, “a minister must be godly” (182). The great challenge of theological study is to avoid […]
  • Family Discipleship – A Review
    Reading Time: 2 minutes Family Discipleship: Leading Your Home Through Time, Moments, & Milestones by Matt Chandler & Adam Griffin As a parent who sometimes gets lost in the immediate crises of parenting, knee deep in the trenches and struggling to see the big picture of my kids’ spiritual development, Family Discipleship was […]
  • On Leading and Following
    Reading Time: 3 minutes Part 1 in JJ Routley’s Joshua and Leadership Series. Today’s reading: Joshua 1:1-18. Key verses: Joshua 1:7-9. The book of Joshua begins with a change in leadership for the people of Israel. Moses, the great servant of the Lord (a phrase used to describe how the ancient Israelites talked about their leaders) […]
  • How Should I Study the Bible?
    Reading Time: 3 minutes While it ought to be the goal of every believer to “accurately handle the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15), we must remember that it is ultimately the Holy Spirit who guides us into all truth (John 16:13). Whenever we study the Bible we would do well to pray […]
  • St. Agnes of Montepulciano
    Reading Time: 4 minutes Stained Glass Witnesses: A Continuing Series As it has been some time since our last entry in our series on the Dominican persons depicted in the stained glass windows in the Marble Chapel here at Emmaus, we thought it may be helpful to remind us all why we have […]
  • Wood You Believe
    Reading Time: 2 minutes Hands placed the baby in a manger.  The manger was likely made of wood and normally was a type of feeding trough for animals. Hands placed the man on a cross.  The cross was made of wood and was used to crucify those sentenced to death. Babies usually go […]
  • The Cloth that Binds
    Reading Time: 2 minutes Bound by cloth, he appeared so helpless. Bound by cloth, he also appeared to have no choice in the matter. The first time, it was the swaddling cloths, those strips of cloth that are wrapped around a baby to bind them for their comfort and security. The last time, […]
  • What if Christmas…
    Reading Time: < 1 minute What if Christmas were just the baby in the manger. A couple of astonished shepherds. A few animals. An exhausted Mary. An anxious Joseph. No wise men, because they haven’t arrived yet. No lights. No evergreen tree, real or fake. No ornaments. No tinsel. No presents. No carols. No […]
  • In the Grasp
    Reading Time: 2 minutes “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Col 1:16-17) The one spoken […]
  • For Unto Us a Child King with the Government Upon His Shoulders Is Born
    Reading Time: 11 minutes From Darkness in Isaiah 8 … The darkness of ch. 8 of Isaiah, especially the last few verses, is a lot of self-inflicted darkness.  The Israelites had been looking for answers to their problems in all sorts of wrong places: they wanted to know the answers to questions about […]
  • Refugee in Egypt
    Reading Time: 4 minutes If you follow the news for any length of time, you will eventually come across a story about a refugee crisis somewhere in the world.  People, many with just the clothes on their backs, are fleeing from repressive regimes.  Many have no other options than that of living in […]
  • Thanksgiving: A Call to Praise
    Reading Time: 3 minutes Psalm 95 is an invitation to be thankful to God. Thinking through it on Thanksgiving day, I am made aware that thanksgiving really is praise. When you are thankful for something you are acknowledging someone else’s deeds or character. When you say thank you, in a sense you are praising. You are […]
  • The Biblical Purpose of Education
    Reading Time: 7 minutes Although the Bible does not explicitly lay out God’s perfect vision for education in extensive detail, the concepts are made clear. Education is certainly something that is to be valued by society as it is valued by God. This is apparent and virtually accepted by all peoples; regardless of […]
  • 1995 Turns 25: The Renaissance of Contemporary Christian Music
    Reading Time: 7 minutes I enjoy Christian music (a bold thing to say for a Christian, I know).  Like many of us, however, I don’t like things because of their labels but because of their intrinsic merit (and/or potentially their symbolic merit, given the situation).  While I freely admit I don’t listen to […]
  • So, the Election is Over. Now Whom Do We Owe Taxes to Again?
    Reading Time: 5 minutes How Christians Should Respond to the Election Results To put it mildly, most people would like to close the 2020 history books. It is my personal goal to release my vendetta on 2020 by unleashing my Christmas spirit on November 1!  It has brought untold inconvenience and loss. However, […]
  • Wittenberg Reminiscences
    Reading Time: 6 minutes During my tenure as a teacher in Virginia, I had the privilege of chaperoning our school’s senior trip Europe. The trip was based on Dr. Schaeffer’s How Should We Then Live?, a staple many of us EBC alumni remember from Mr. Glock’s Christian Worldview course. Students and chaperones get […]
  • Hope Beyond 2020
    Reading Time: 4 minutes 2020 has been a year that has shattered all expectations and shown that our modern world, for all of its technological and scientific advances, remains ever dependent on the life-sustaining work of Christ in His creation. From a pandemic that has forced us to distance ourselves from our friends, […]
  • Caring for Others through Music
    Reading Time: 4 minutes Music to Console In March of each year, members of the Emmaus Ensemble pack up their gear and take to the road to minister in local churches across the United States. I had the privilege of directing the Ensemble for fifteen years, and I was continually amazed by the […]
  • Following Christ in Freedom
    Reading Time: 5 minutes Friends of Emmaus, I hope many of you will remember us: Dan and Cyndi Williams and Scott and Lynn DeGroff. We were around the school in the early to mid ’90s. The four of us now serve the Lord alongside Micah and Cristina Williams just outside of Freedom, California, […]
  • Ireland’s Own: Fr. Michael Browne, Master General, O.P.
    Reading Time: 2 minutes The second small window in the Marble Chapel inscribes Father Michael Browne, the 81st Master General of the Order of Preachers. I suspect his inclusion in the Marble Chapel was not part of the original plan, considering the St. Rose Priory began construction in 1954 shortly after Father Suarez […]
  • Most Reverend Emmanuel Suarez, Master General O.P.
    Reading Time: 4 minutes As we continue our exploration of the “stained glass witnesses” in the Marble Chapel here at Emmaus, we come next to two small windows with names and a few symbols but no pictures. The first of these (on the left) is Father Emmanuel Suarez, Master General of the Order […]
  • A Christian Exploration of Two Science Fiction Classics
    Reading Time: 6 minutes Lexi Taylor wrote this paper for the course Science Fiction through the Lens of Theology.
  • Choosing Joy
    Reading Time: 2 minutes On March 6, the Emmaus Ensemble embarked on our annual spring break tour to build up and encourage the body of Christ. We had the privilege of visiting Galena Bible Church in Illinois, Rice Lake Bible Chapel and Trott Brook Gospel Hall in Minnesota, and Country Bible Church and Wauwatosa Bible Chapel in Wisconsin.
  • Well Might the Sun in Darkness Hide
    Reading Time: 4 minutes What is striking about Matthew’s account of crucifixion is the number of supernatural events that accompany the final three hours and the death of Jesus (Matt. 27:45-54). The sky turned dark at midday. The curtain in the temple was ripped in two. There was an earthquake. Tombs were opened and some of the dead came to life. This is what happened when the Sinless One was made sin; when the Lord of Glory was crucified; when the Author of Life died. The created order was testifying that something of unparalleled magnitude was taking place to the Creator himself. Let’s reflect on the first of these events.
  • The Triumphs of the Crucified Messiah
    Reading Time: 5 minutes Christians linger often and long at the cross. But we should also gaze at the empty tomb and our hearts be lifted in amazement at the power of God at work on our behalf.
  • Observe the Clouds
    Reading Time: 5 minutes After a while of staring into the heavens, it hits you… He created it all – the sun, the moon, the stars. He is higher than we are. He is greater than we are. In Him all things consist and are held together. The cosmos was created by an almighty God, a personal God, who controls all things—and that God wants to have a relationship with his creation.
  • Easter Cannot Be Cancelled
    Reading Time: 3 minutes We live in confusing and uncertain times. Lately it seems every day we open our newsfeed or email to read about another closure, canceled appointment or postponed event. However, each one of us has an event scheduled in our calendar that will not be canceled. It is coming soon […]
  • St. Hyacinth
    Reading Time: 4 minutes Welcome to the third entry in our series on the Marble Chapel Saints. As you first enter through the main doors and look to your right, you see St. Hyacinth.
  • Calming the Winds of Chaos and Crisis
    Reading Time: 5 minutes Jesus calms our fears and speaks peace into our hearts, even (especially) in times of crisis.
  • St. John of Cologne
    Reading Time: 4 minutes As you enter the Marble Chapel (from the main rear entrance) and look up to the left, the first person you see is St. John of Cologne.  Not much is known about him, from what I have gathered, though it’s likely he was better known in times past.  Some […]
  • Stained Glass Witnesses
    Reading Time: 6 minutes The Marble Chapel here at Emmaus Bible College is an impressive room to be in: architecturally our eyes are drawn up to the cross and further up to Heaven, reminiscent of a medieval cathedral in Europe. Lighting the experience is the series of stained glass windows flanking both sides […]
  • Health, Suffering, and Death
    Reading Time: 2 minutes Adapted from an article Dr. Daniel Smith wrote for Journey Magazine in Spring 2014. Dr. Smith went home to be with the Lord on February 19th of 2020. Read about his life and legacy here:
  • Loving Your Neighbor
    Reading Time: 3 minutes When I first met the woman who would later become my wife, her desire was to go to China as a missionary. Who would have thought that the Lord would bring China right here to Dubuque, Iowa?  As for me, technologically challenged with Luddite tendencies, who would have thought […]
  • While Walking With Jesus
    Reading Time: 4 minutes While walking with Jesus, I have been hurt, attacked, confused, and broken, but never by Him. The walk has been far from easy, but Jesus has been constantly gentle as He leads me along. We were never given a promise that walking with our Lord would be an easy […]
  • America Was Founded as a ________ Nation
    Reading Time: 2 minutes From the Pilgrims … “America was founded as a Christian nation.” “America was founded on the principle of religious freedom.” “The founding fathers were evangelical Christians.” “The founding fathers were deists.” These are just some of the conflicting statements that continue to surface in our world today. In a […]
  • A Prayer for the New Year
    Reading Time: 2 minutes Lord God, Father of new beginnings, fresh starts, and recommitments, we bow in your presence to dedicate the coming year to you. We confess your sovereign orchestration of our lives down to the most intricate detail of our existence. You know everything about us and all is laid bare […]
  • ’Tis The Season To Be Vulnerable
    Reading Time: 4 minutes The Scriptures present the miracle of Emmanuel, God with us, from a multitude of viewpoints and perspectives.  Each viewpoint or perspective usually had some corresponding responses, some good and some not so good.  Come and see: An Age of Wonder John the Baptist leaped for joy when he first […]
  • The Flight of Death’s Dark Shadows
    Reading Time: 4 minutes John 1:4 – “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men” (ESV). “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” is one of my favorite Christmas carols/advent hymns, and, like most people of my generation I suspect, the Mannheim Steamroller arrangement on their 1988 album A Fresh Aire […]
  • God Speaks to Darkness
    Reading Time: 3 minutes Joel Carter Some have said that John 1:1-18 is the best literary prologue of all time. It’s an easy claim to back up. These verses beautifully present images and themes that would pique the curiosity of any normal reader. The Word, life, light, darkness – these concepts, presented without […]
  • Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
    Reading Time: 4 minutes It doesn’t take a lot of insight to notice that there is something terribly wrong with our world. Scrolling through Facebook, Twitter, or the news only makes this reality even more blatant. Ignominious acts are being perpetrated by the people who are supposed to be leaders, by the people […]
  • Shepherds
    Reading Time: 3 minutes Something that I have wondered about the Christmas story is this: Why were the shepherds the first to hear about Jesus? When I was younger, I always felt like the shepherds were the smallest, forgotten parts of the Christmas play. Those of us, like myself, who always played the […]
  • Longing for the Messiah – Simeon of Luke 2
    Reading Time: 4 minutes Arthur Manning Jesus Presented at the Temple And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the […]
  • Christmas – It’s All in the Hands
    Reading Time: 4 minutes Is Christmas a matter of the heart?  The mind?  The soul?  The spirit?  Yes to all! I would suggest that Christmas is also very much a matter of the hands… The prophets’ hands held the writing instruments that recorded the future coming of Jesus.  God, speaking through the prophets, […]
  • The Calling to Care: Remembering Those Who Led You
    Reading Time: 5 minutes John Walker The author of Hebrews wrote, “Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith” (NASB, 13:7). The author of Hebrews is exhorting fellow believers to remember those spiritual leaders who are worth imitating. Following the great heroes […]
  • Music for Personal Devotion and Prayer
    Reading Time: 6 minutes For the common things of every day, God gave men words in the ordinary way.For the deeper things men think and feel, God gave poets words to reveal.But for the heights and depths no words can reach, God gave men music, the soul’s own speech.Anonymous Music For Many Music […]
  • My View of God
    Reading Time: 2 minutes This article by Mr. Glock was originally published in the Spring 2014 issue of Journey Magazine.
  • Why “The Things Concerning Himself” is Still Our Motto, Pt. 2
    Reading Time: 5 minutes Editor’s note: The following article was originally delivered as a Discover Emmaus chapel message on the campus of Emmaus Bible College. The sermonic tone and style are here intentionally retained. Significantly, out of these insults in John 8 (see pt. 1), come three amazing claims that reveal the greatness […]
  • Why “The Things Concerning Himself” is Still Our Motto, pt. 1
    Reading Time: 5 minutes Editor’s note: The following article was originally delivered as a Discover Emmaus chapel message on the campus of Emmaus Bible College. The sermonic tone and style are here intentionally retained. On the front wall of the David A. Glock Auditorium on the campus of Emmaus Bible College is a […]
  • Good News for the Deaf in Gisuru
    Reading Time: 6 minutes Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” Since moving to Burundi as a missionary and then relocating to the remote town of Gisuru, this verse has been a great encouragement to […]
  • Getting Teens to Talk to You
    Reading Time: 5 minutes This article was originally published on “Around the Table” and has been republished here with permission from the author. My friend Peggy, from Washington state, says that when their boys were young teens “They had a habit of bolting down food and then saying, ‘C’nibescuzed?’  My husband would always […]
  • Marriage and Family
    Reading Time: 4 minutes Ed. Note: This article was originally published in the Spring 2014 issue of Journey Magazine, reprinted here with permission by the author.
  • Is There Such a Thing as “Christian Archaeology”?
    Reading Time: 5 minutes This past summer I had the pleasure and privilege of participating in the excavations conducted by the Associates for Biblical Research at ancient Shiloh in central Israel under the supervision of Dr. Scott Stripling. For two weeks I dug, scraped, brushed, hauled, dumped, sifted, and discarded dirt and rocks […]
  • Cages
    Reading Time: 5 minutes Which is worse: the cages society puts us in or the cages we put ourselves in?