Hand-to-Hand Combat (Logolilt)

No forged steel or crafted blade
Can win the day
Raw strength, grappling foe hand-to-hand,
Face-to-face stand

Rip the gray arm from its socket,
And though not yet,
Death will
Come to the bloody defeated
Foe whose foul head
Breathes still.


What is a Logolilt?


Common Meter (

The boundaries were clearly marked
With wire and dogs and signs.
My reading all the warnings sparked
Desires of many

Sort through the feeling, reason why
Such latent wants exist;
Power before untried
Rears its head in starts and fits.

The cadence and the rhythm built
Within nature
Disrupted by disobedience
Remade by the Maker.



Out of Nowhere


Psalm 14 famously begins, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There’s no God'” (14:1 CSB). Unfortunately, we are usually quick to assume the Psalm is speaking of militant atheists and miss the powerful effect of the David’s masterful writing.

As it turns out, David doesn’t let us sing about those atheist fools over there. No one escapes getting branded a fool. In fact, he even plays up the drama by having God look down from heaven “to see if there is one who is wise, one who seeks God” (14:2 CSB). Where is the righteous man of Psalm 1? Does such a one exist on Planet Earth?


All have turned away;
all alike have become corrupt.
There is no one who does good,
not even one (14:3 CSB).

This is so stupid, David screams. “Will evildoers [which, by this point, he’s shown to be everybody] never understand?” (14:4 CSB). Wicked sinners are more interested in consuming people for their own cravings and desires, rather than trusting in the Triune God and calling on Him.

Thus far, the entire human race has been shown to be completely corrupt and unrighteous. Even God can’t find one single righteous person.

That’s why verse 5 comes out of nowhere:

Then they [i.e., the wicked] will be filled with dread,
for God is with those who are righteous (CSB).

Where have these righteous people come from? David just got through saying there aren’t any!

Out of the entirety of sinful humanity, those who take refuge in the LORD become righteous as His gift. They’re no better or more worthy than any of the oppressors and corrupt sinners––they’re just like them!

Taking refuge in the LORD is trusting in His promise of deliverance that comes from Zion: David’s own Son who will reign forever; the Suffering Servant who bears the sins of many, yet having no sin of His own; the Shepherd of the people who is struck in the place of His sheep.

When He comes, “let Jacob rejoice; let Israel be glad” (14:7 CSB) indeed!



How have You loved us?
I chose you, not Esau.

How have we defiled You?
You offer worthless sacrifices on My altar.

How have we wearied You?
You accuse Me of winking at evil, doing nothing.

How can we return to You?
Stop robbing Me.

How do we rob You?
By not trusting Me with what is already Mine.

What have we said against You?
You say loving Me is useless.

Now, gird yourselves like men.
I will ask you, and you give Me answers.



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The Psalmist and the Black Knight (Duodora)

” ‘Tis but a scratch!”
I name a severed limb
Like the infamous
Knight who opposed King
Arthur at the bridge.
Unlike the poet-king David who reeled,
Crushed beneath the weight of his once-dear sin.

” ‘Tis but a scratch!”
I would never say of
The wounds of my Lord,
And yet affirm that
Very thing in my
Utter absence of tears and lack of grief.
Spirit-Steel alone breaks the stone within.


Fig Leaf Couture

Whoever lives with integrity fears Yahweh,
but the one who is devious in his ways despises Him. Proverbs 14:2 HCSB

One of the ways we play with my daughter is to “hide! hide! hide!” with her under a blanket, while the other one of us “sneaks up” on who is “hiding.” The absurdity of hiding under a blanket is the precise grounds of its cuteness (especially since the blanket can’t suppress the giggles underneath).

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Lady and the Tramp

The book of Proverbs has an extended introduction that lays the foundation for the actual proverbs that begin in chapter 10. In this introduction, Solomon pleads with his sons (and his readers) to grasp the necessity and immeasurable value of wisdom. To do this, he often personifies wisdom and folly (or foolishness) as women appealing for a hearing. Wisdom is a distinguished, elegant, beautiful woman who is as hard-working as she is graceful. Folly is, to put it bluntly, a skanky bimbo. Continue reading “Lady and the Tramp”

The Illusion of Nirvana

Desire fulfilled is sweet to the taste, but fools hate to turn from evil. Proverbs 13:19 HCSB

What the wicked dreads will come to him, but what the righteous desires will be given to him. Proverbs 10:24 HCSB

The desire of the righteous turns out well, but the hope of the wicked leads to wrath. Proverbs 11:23 HCSB

Take delight in Yahweh, and He will give you your heart’s desires. Psalm 37:4 HCSB

One of the primary tenets of Buddhism is the renunciation of all desire. Desire is the root of evil in the world, and therefore, eliminating desire eliminates evil. Nirvana, then, is the completion of this process of renunciation. Ravi Zacharias, in his excellent book The Lotus and the Cross: Jesus Talks with Buddha, has the Buddha describe this “enlightenment” this way: Continue reading “The Illusion of Nirvana”