Scott Postma

A blog about the Great Books, the Craft of Writing, and Human Flourishing.

The Litmus Test of Faith

There is a connection between our hearts and our wallets. Jesus chose money as a litmus test for our faith because purchasing power is a tangible expression of our lives. If we do a review of our bank account it will be easy to see what we value the most. Where we choose to store up […]

Do You Trust Your Bank?

There are really only two places to invest your wealth. You can invest in the First Insecurity of Ephemeral Hope. Or, you can trust your future with the One who didn’t have much earthly wealth but never lost a single soul. “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and […]

Be Sure You Know Whose Attention You’re Seeking

There is a sense in which fasting–abstaining from normal human needs for the purpose of focusing on spiritual matters–secures the Father’s attention and reward. That is, of course, unless you’ve already used your abstinence to gain the attention of your peers. Then you already have your reward. Before fasting, be sure you […]

In Case You Missed it the First Time

There is a connection between our ability to forgive those who have sinned against us and our ability to receive forgiveness from God, as was already communicated in Jesus’ model prayer. The issue doesn’t appear to be an if/then statement as much as it is a revelation of the state of […]

Ours for the Asking

What vulnerability to be tempted exists in the heart of man? We are incapable of knowing fully, but the Spirit of God is not. Deliverance from evil and from the evil one is ours for the asking. Don’t be too proud to ask. “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver […]

The Theology of a Comparative Particle

It’s difficult to refrain from pointing out the word “as” in Jesus’s model prayer is the Greek word, ως, a comparative particle, marking the manner in which something proceeds it.1 In other words, the answer to our prayer for forgiveness is dependent upon the premise that we have forgiven those who have asked forgiveness of us. “and […]

What Tomorrow Is For

The Lord is seldom early, never late, and always right on time. That’s why we only need to be concerned with asking for today’s provisions, and not for tomorrow’s. Because that’s what tomorrow is for. “Give us this day our daily bread,” (Matthew 6:11, ESV)