John Donne

In December 1623, poet, and Anglican priest John Donne (1573-1631) was laid low with a life-threatening illness. It could have been the bubonic plague that was ravaging England and Europe or perhaps typhoid fever. John decided to put pen to paper and write 23...

John Starck

According to my calculations, I’ve consumed 79,000 meals over the course of my life. Only a few stand out: my first meal served by my future mother-in-law, the dinner where we learned of our daughter’s engagement, and dining at Wendy’s to satisfy our...

Gregory of Nyssa

Of the 39 Old Testament books, none is more difficult to interpret than the Song of Songs. It has no obvious religious content, and God’s name never appears in the text. On the surface, the book reads as a romantic interplay between a bride and groom, bordering...

Gotfried Arnold

Church leaders branded him a radical, the enemy, and a traitor to his own denomination. Gottfried Arnold (1666-1714) hardly fits the stereotype of a militant firebrand. He was a devout and earnest Lutheran pastor who preached thoughtful sermons and wrote daily...

Johann Arndt

It has been said, “The longest journey you will ever take in your life is from your head to your heart.” Although the distance between our heads and hearts is a mere 18 inches, taking what we know about God and acting on it is no simple task. How can I get...