Part I: The Name of Jabez

Introduction Names carry significance. Not just because it’s what you call yourself, but your name plays a role in defining who you are. Your name could indicate a particular bond you have with the people you love, or it could connect you to the heritage or culture of your ancestors. … ∞

Pray It All Out!

Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer. How long will you people turn my glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods? Know that the Lord has set … ∞


I read the words of Martin Luther on Luke 18:13 – I feel I should share with you. Text: “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” Luke 18:13 … ∞

A God of Listening

As I write, in January 2023, I am in Al Amana Center in the Sultanate of Oman for a one-month internship. It has been overwhelming to be exploring a new culture not knowing whethermy behavior is proper twenty-four seven hours a day. I have attended many activities here andexplored the … ∞

Quiet, Be Still

Twice this week this text of Jesus calming the storm has come up through various outlets for me. Perhaps it is because I need to reflect on the words and their meaning more deeply. Earlier this week I was at a prayer meeting where we practiced Visio Divina. This is … ∞

An Honourable Prayer

Today I want to talk about a guy named Jabez. I was first introduced to him years ago in Bruce Wilkinson’s book “The Prayer of Jabez.“ This man Jabez is found in the middle of a long list of genealogies that start in 1 Chronicles 1 and for the next … ∞

Secure and Surrounded by God

Psalm 83 is the last of the psalms of Asaph. Many of Asaph’s psalms are laments about the condition of Israel, especially to the threats of opposing nations. Some of these laments concerned the people of God in captivity. But these laments have almost always been accompanied by hope in … ∞

Contemplative Prayer 101

Greetings to you, readers of the Kerux! I find myself at the tail end of the intensive week for distance students, so I will admit that my brain is a little bit frazzled as I write this. However, it is my hope that today’s post will be helpful, informative, and/or … ∞

The Struggle Is Real

Trigger Warning: Depression. Anxiety. Breakfast is absolutely my favorite meal of the day: not only do I adore breakfast food, but I will not function very well during the day if I have not had anything to eat in the morning. My breakfast routine is simple: choose what I am … ∞

A Comparison of Prayer

Why Do We Pray? The Catholic tradition has always held a sense of mystery for me. Growing up in Nebraska, there were a lot of Catholics around. The Catholic church was one of the largest in our small town, and many of my friends and teachers ascribed to the Catholic … ∞

A Prayer for Fiji

When our flight landed back in the States, Breanna and I were bombarded with the reality that the world had not stopped turning while we were in Fiji. In just two weeks being back stateside, the divisive events in Charlottesville rocked the news, and hurricane Harvey and Irma landed and … ∞