The Door of Darkness by T.R. Noble

It was a beautiful door.Expensive wood.Carved features.A mind that understood. The door called.It beckoned.It glowed.It welcomed. The words it would sing.Sweet.Soft.Gentle. Words thatdelighted the soulyetmelted the marrow. I never noticed before.How it alwaysopened toanother door. Going from woodto metal.Less beautiful,the effects more internal. The doors became uglyand still I desired.It preyed on my depravity.My soul …

First Principles Part Three: Temptation

TO UNDERSTAND TEMPTATION is to understand our tendency to sin; what Christian theology calls our "sin nature." Detractors often argue that it is possible to go through your entire life without committing murder, adultery, rape, theft; without cheating on your taxes or watching porn. I agree. However, to suggest that we have the human capacity …

The Gluttony of Our Appetites Part One: Origin

Written by Steven Barto, B.S. Psy., M.A. Theology ALCOHOL. POWER. MONEY. FOOD. SEX. All of these are capable normal appetites which can morph into full-blown addictions. From a personal perspective, my desires were out of hand, and were causing ruin in my life. As hard as I struggled, getting my problem appetites under control had …

Confession is Good For the Soul

We've all heard the saying “confession is good for the soul.” We know the word confession has several meanings. It is an acknowledgment of guilt. The act of admitting or disclosing one's misdeed, fault or sin. Psalm 119 is a long chapter. It begins at verse 1 with “Happy are people with integrity, who follow …

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