• Heart of Flesh

    Ezekiel 36 talks about the uncleanness of Israel, not just in the land but in the presence of all the nations to which God had driven them out. This uncleanness is not dirtiness but death, the death of empty idolatry, of exposed flesh, the death that Jesus says comes up from the inside, from the […]

  • For the Body

    Exodus 3 and 4 recount Moses’s encounter with God at the burning bush. God tells Moses that He has heard the cry of His people and He knows their sufferings and that He has come down to deliver them from the Egyptians. He said to Moses, “‘Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you […]

  • Covenant King

    2 Samuel 7 is a passage we hear frequently. It is an important passage because it is God’s establishment of His covenant with David. The chapter is divided into two sections. The first section starts with the king sitting in his house and goes through the vision that God gives to Nathan the prophet. Yahweh […]

  • So All Will Know

    Leviticus 19 includes the phrase that Jesus quotes as the second great commandment, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” God gives examples of what this means, anticipating the pharisaical question, “Who is my neighbor?” He includes the poor, the sojourner, the hired worker, the deaf, the blind, the great, the one living near you, and any […]

  • Though He Slay Me

    The book of Job fits in with the book of Proverbs as a book of kingly training. It begins with the familiar story of this great and wealthy man who loses everything he has — his family, his home, his servants, animals, and crops — all in one day. He is plagued with sores from […]

  • Walk in the Covenant

    In Deuteronomy, Moses recounts God’s establishment of His covenant with His people and the giving of the Ten Words. He walks them through a covenant renewal ceremony, rehearsing Israel’s disobedience and urging them to trust God, to obey, and to remember what God has done for them in their deliverance from bondage in Egypt. Moses […]

  • As the Waters Cover the Sea

    Isaiah 45 is addressed to Cyrus, king of the Persians, whom God calls His anointed — His messiah, His christ — the one who would shepherd His people. God tells him that He will give him the nations so that all will know that Yahweh is God and there is no other, so that all […]

  • Proverbs 11

    Proverbs 11 is a contrast of the wicked and the righteous — their desires, means, and ends. The desires of the wicked are to undermine and destroy the righteous, to take what he can get, to amass for himself riches. He tears down his neighbor with his mouth, slandering and exposing secrets. He relies on his wealth and his […]

  • Father to Son

    It is significant that the book of Proverbs is addressed from father to son. Teaching should take place within an existing relationship of trust and love, and that relationship must be cultivated if teaching is going to be effective. An estranged son will not be receptive to the wisdom his father offers. But this is […]

  • Dry Bones

    Ezekiel was a priest and a prophet of God during the Babylonian exile, when Judah was cast out of the land and Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar. In chapter six, Ezekiel was told to prophecy to Israel, “Thus says the Lord Yahweh to the mountains and the hills, to the ravines and […]

2023 Reading List
Currently Reading

Oxford Book of English Verse
Life of Moses by St. Gregory of Nyssa
The Pivot of Civilization by Margaret Sanger
Hell Under Fire ed. Christopher Morgan
The Love of Learning and the Desire for God by Jean Leclercq
30 Poems to Memorize ed. David Kern
Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace
The Sea Around Us by Rachel Carson
The Book of Pastoral Rule by St. Gregory the Great
The Aeneid by Virgil
Learning Biblical Hebrew by Karl Kutz & Rebekah Josberger
The Bible


The State and Revolution by V. I. Lenin
The Theopolitan Vision by Peter Leithart
The Anchor Holds: Poems from the Shipwreck by Jason Farley
Love in the Ruins
by Walker Percy
by G. K. Chesterton
The One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka
Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche
Archimedes and the Door of Science by Jeanne Bendick
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Gashmu Saith It by Douglas Wilson
In Pursuit of Kindness by Jason Farley
Henry VI, Pt II by William Shakespeare
Well Met: Poems of Companionship by Joffre Swait
Collected Poems of Carl Sandburg
Theopolitan Liturgy
by Peter Leithart
The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin
No One Doubts a Belly Laugh by Jason Farley
Maximus Confessor: Selected Writings
The Life of St. Benedict
by St. Gregory the Great
The Rule of St. Benedict