• Blessed Are Those Who Are Persecuted for Righteousness’ Sake Article by Michael Glodo

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2017

    The Beatitudes begin with Godward attitudes—spiritual poverty, mourning, meekness, and hunger—and progress to manward concerns—mercifulness, purity, and peacemaking—before concluding in Matthew 5:10 with the inevitable reality of persecution and insults (see also Matt. 10:22; John 15:20). But this unpleasant inevitability carries with it a promise of a share in the divine life, for this is what true “blessedness” is: communion with the “blessed” God (1 Tim. 1:11; 6:15; Titus 2:13). The suffering described here is not the thorns and thistles of the fall in general (Rom. 8:18–25); nor is it persecution due to hypocrisy, judgmentalism, or just general obnoxiousness. It … View Resource

  • The Good Soil Article by Michael Glodo

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2009 | Matthew 13

    Can this dirt grow corn?” One cold, blustery, wet Midwestern spring morning I found myself kneeling in a vast, empty field on the expansive central Illinois plain. With a dozen or so fellow geography classmates, I was picking up handfuls of wet soil, squeezing ribbons of it between my thumb and forefinger, dipping pH strips into diluted samples and timing how long small portions of water took to seep below the surface. In spite of the early hour and the unpleasant weather, we were all paying close attention and meticulously recording our results because there would be an exam in … View Resource