The InVerse Theology Project
By T. M. Moore
A spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition for pastors interested in Celtic Christianity, and featuring the writings of T. M. Moore.
InVerse 086 - The Pearl Hymn, Part 3
Here is Part 3 of Ephrem's hymns, The Pearl. In this installment, the pearl is for Ephrem a window on the Kingdom of God.
May 16, 2022
InVerse 085 - The Story, Part 5
We feel the momentum of the Kingdom growing in Jesus' interviews with Nicodemus and the woman of Samaria.
May 09, 2022
InVerse 084 - Satan Bound, Part 14
Humiliated and bound by Jesus, Satan struggles to come up with a new plan for overthrowing Him.
May 02, 2022
InVerse 083 - Scripture and Poetry: An Essay on Calling, Part 2
Why is there so much poetry in the Bible? What does God know about poetry that we have forgotten? And how does this help us in discerning our own callings in life?
April 25, 2022
InVerse 082 - Westminster Confession, Part 12
Jesus has set us free, but from what? And to what? And what has He done to help ensure that freedom? Our study in The Westminster Confession of Faith continues.
April 18, 2022
InVerse 081 - Irish Saints, Part 2
Abban is the first in Charles Plummer's Lives of Irish Saints, and he establishes a pattern for all who follow.
April 11, 2022
InVerse 080 - The Pearl Hymn, Part 2
The second hymn in Ephrem's The Pearl focuses on the beauty of Christ in His conception, suffering, exaltation, and salvation.
April 04, 2022
InVerse 079 - The Story, Part 4
Jesus begins His public ministry, preaching the Kingdom and calling His first disciples, in Part 4 of The Story.
March 28, 2022
InVerse 078 - Satan Bound, Part 13
Satan way overplayed his hand when he thought he could take Christ captive by temptation.
March 21, 2022
InVerse 077 - Scripture and Poetry: An Essay on Calling, Part 1
Believers are the called of God. But called to what? Called how? Called for what? That's what we'll be considering in this series.
March 14, 2022
InVerse 076 - Westminster Confession, Part 11
The mark of a Christian is love. But what is love? God's Law shows us.
March 07, 2022
InVerse 075 - Irish Saints, Part 1
"Hagiography" is a term used to describe the lives of saints. In this series of The InVerse Theology Project, we'll be considering Charles Plummer's translations of the lives of great saints from the Celtic Revival.
February 28, 2022
InVerse 074 - The Pearl Hymn, Part 1
The Pearl, by fourth-century poet Ephrem the Syrian, is perhaps the first pure work of creational theology in the history of the Christian movement.
February 21, 2022
InVerse 073 - The Story, Part 3
In Part 3 of The Story we meet John the Baptist and follow Jesus into the wilderness, where He is tempted by the devil.
February 14, 2022
InVerse 072 - Satan Bound, Part 12
Satan watches as John the Baptist points to Jesus and cries out that He is the Lamb of God! Lamb of God?
February 07, 2022
InVerse 071 - Essay on Preaching, Part 5
We conclude our study of William Cowper's views of the preaching of his day with some lessons for the preaching of our day in this the final installment of An Essay on Preaching.
January 31, 2022
InVerse 070 - Westminster Confession, Part 10
The Westminster Confession of Faith explains that the grace of God not only saves us, but keeps us in salvation, and enables us to know we are saved as well. Here is Part 10 of our series, entitled "Of the Perseverance of the Saints and Assurance of Grace and Salvation."
January 24, 2022
InVerse 069 - Celtic Flame, Part 12
Our meditations on the Confession of St. Patrick come to their conclusion with this installment, as Patrick gives all glory to God for the work he was able to accomplish.
January 17, 2022
InVerse 068 - The Odyssey, Part 2
Homer's epic The Odyssey wraps up with a strong statement of the importance of poetry for a healthy culture. God agrees. Are we listening?
January 10, 2022
InVerse 067 - The Story, Part 2
In Part 2 of The Story we follow the accounts of Matthew and Luke of the birth and childhood of Jesus, the Word of God made flesh.
January 03, 2022
InVerse 066 - Satan Bound, Part 11
Like us, Satan watched when Jesus was born. But with a totally different purpose.
December 27, 2021
InVerse 065 - Essay on Preaching, Part 4
For William Cowper, preachers need only look to the apostle Paul for a proper example of how to do their work.
December 20, 2021
InVerse 064 - Westminster Confession, Part 9
What about good works? What role do they play in our salvation? And how can we possibly do them? The Westminster Confession of Faith addresses these and other such questions in chapter 17, "Good Works."
December 13, 2021
InVerse 063 - Celtic Flame, Part 11
Patrick concludes his Letter against the Soldiers of Coroticus by calling them to repent.
December 06, 2021
InVerse 062 - The Odyssey, Part 1
Homer's The Odyssey is a different kind of epic poem, in that its emphasis is more than just to tell a good story. Here is Part 1 of The Odyssey.
November 29, 2021
InVerse 061 - The Story, Part 1
The Gospel is the greatest story ever told. Here begins The Story in a blended harmony set in blank verse. This is Part 1: Introduction
November 22, 2021
InVerse 060 - Satan Bound, Part 10
Asaph frustrates the devil's attempt to ensnare him, and serves as a portent of worse to come for the enemy of our souls.
November 15, 2021
InVerse 059 - Essay on Preaching, Part 3
For William Cowper, preachers need only look to the apostle Paul for a proper example of how to do their work.
November 08, 2021
InVerse 058 - Westminster Confession, Part 8
Repentance and faith go together in the Christian life, both at its beginning, and in an ongoing way, as we see from chapters 14 and 15 of The Westminster Confession of Faith.
October 30, 2021
InVerse 057 - Celtic Flame, Part 10
Here we begin to hear the second extant writing from the hand of St. Patrick, his Letter Against the Soldiers of Coroticus.
October 25, 2021
InVerse 056 - The Iliad, Part 3
Our meditations on The Iliad come to a close in this installment, as we consider the lasting value and spiritual use of Homer's poem.
October 18, 2021
InVerse 055 - Ecclesiastes, Part 10
Solomon brings his meditations on life under the sun to its conclusion in Ecclesiastes 12.
October 11, 2021
InVerse 054 - Satan Bound, Part 9
Satan boasts of leading leaders astray the salting the lie with truth. But he met his match - and a terrible portent of things to come - in the prophet Asaph.
October 04, 2021
InVerse 053 - Essay on Preaching, Part 2
In Part 2 of "An Essay on Preaching" we hear William Cowper rail against those who would use the pulpit for personal advantage.
September 27, 2021
InVerse 052 - What in Heaven, Part 2
Jesus is exalted in glory, advancing His Kingdom, and calling us to see and follow Him in overcoming all His foes.
September 20, 2021
InVerse 051 - Celtic Flame, Part 9
Patrick was falsely charged with greediness and seeking personal gain from his ministry. He has a word or two to say about that in Part 9 of Celtic Flame: The Burden of Patrick.
September 13, 2021
InVerse 050 - The Iliad, Part 2
The ancient Greeks longed for a world of peace and prosperity, but they could not overcome their hearts full of lust and war.
September 06, 2021
InVerse 049 - Ecclesiastes, Part 9
We may enjoy some success in life, and perhaps even a bit of happiness, living only "under the sun." But then we die, and then what?
August 30, 2021
InVerse 048 - Satan Bound, Part 8
Satan's boldest and most consistent efforts to turn the hearts of people away from God has been by corrupting worship. He tells us all about it in Part 8 of Satan Bound.
August 23, 2021
InVerse 047 - Essay on Preaching, Part 1
What is preaching? And what is preaching for? 18th century poet and hymnodist William Cowper had some thoughts on those questions, and we begin to review them in Part 1 of "An Essay on Preaching."
August 16, 2021
InVerse 046 - What in Heaven, Part 1
We take a break from The Westminster Confession of Faith to consider one of most important and most neglected doctrines of Scripture: The ascension and session of our Lord Jesus Christ.
August 09, 2021
InVerse 045 - Celtic Flame, Part 8
Patrick continues explaining why the demands of ministry would not allow him to return to Britain to answer some spurious charge against him by jealous bishops.
August 02, 2021
InVerse 044 - The Iliad, Part 1
What makes The Iliad a classic? What can we as Christians learn from this epic tragedy? We begin the first of a three-part series investigating these questions in this week's InVerse Theology Project.
July 26, 2021
InVerse 043 - Ecclesiastes, Part 8
Life under the sun is vanity because it all ends in the grave. If that's all we have to hope for, well, that's not very hopeful. Solomon has a better suggestion in Ecclesiastes 9.
July 19, 2021
InVerse 042 - Satan Bound, Part 7
The devil is oh so subtle. He knows if he can get us to go beyond God's Word, then it won't be long before we're following the lie and worshiping him.
July 12, 2021
InVerse 041 - Vantage Point, Part 7
In short, the Christian's vantage point on time is Jesus - time's Maker, time's Keeper, and time's End
July 05, 2021
InVerse 040 - Westminster Confession, Part 7
How can God continue to invite us into His Presence, when we're still so full of sin? What has He done to overcome our continuing sin? One word: Jesus.
June 28, 2021
InVerse 039 - Celtic Flame, Part 7
Patrick insists that his salvation and calling were all of grace, and strictly in line with the teaching of God's Word in this installment of "The Burden of Patrick."
June 21, 2021
InVerse 038 - Reading the Classics, Part 1
Before we plunge into Homer, Aeschylus, and a few other ancient writers, a word of explanation is in order as to why such writers should be of interest to us as Christians.
June 14, 2021
InVerse 037 - Ecclesiastes, Part 7
You need to be careful around kings and others who are in authority. Of course, we all know that. Are we as careful around God?
June 07, 2021
InVerse 036 - Satan Bound, Part 6
Listen in as the master deceiver lays out his plan to undermine faith in God and lie his way to dominion over God's people.
May 31, 2021
InVerse 035 - Vantage Point, Part 6
Our mind set on Jesus, immersed in His Word and promises, and seeking His Kingdom, we're ready to look around, and to redeem the time of our lives.
May 24, 2021
InVerse 034 - Westminster Confession, Part 6
Human beings are helplessly lost in sin. We cannot save ourselves. Only God, by His grace in Jesus Christ, can renew our wills and bring us to salvation in Jesus.
May 17, 2021
InVerse 033 - Celtic Flame, Part 6
No sooner had Patrick's ministry begun to take off in Ireland, than he was faced with a very severe test. But God was with him.
May 10, 2021
InVerse 032 - Ray of Sun, Part 6
What is it about light that fascinates and enthralls us so? In this final installment of "Ray of Sun," we consider humankind's fond romance with light.
May 03, 2021
InVerse 031 - Ecclesiastes, Part 6
In Ecclesiastes 6 and 7, Solomon urges us not to be so caught up in the here and now, that we forget to keep an eye on the then and there.
April 26, 2021
InVerse 030 - Satan Bound, Part 5
We listen in as the devil ponders a scheme for invading and disrupting God's covenant with His people. This is Part 1 of a 2-part series entitled, "The Flesh."
April 19, 2021
InVerse 029 - Vantage Point, Part 5
We all look up to see Jesus in glory, and look back to discover Him in Scripture and Church history. And as we see Him, He's looking ahead to coming of His Kingdom. So must we.
April 12, 2021
InVerse 028 - Westminster Confession, Part 5
We've seen how humankind fell into sin and lost the benefits of God's covenant. Can anything restore us? Yes, indeed.
April 05, 2021
InVerse 027 - Celtic Flame, Part 5
Patrick finally arrived at his home, only to be confronted by God in a vision of the Irish people, calling him to return.
March 29, 2021
InVerse 026 - Ray of Sun, Part 5
If you've never heard of Jeremiah Horrox, you're not alone. Isaac Newton heard of him, though, and because of Horrox, the world knows Newton.
March 22, 2021
InVerse 025 - Ecclesiastes, Part 5
God has no patience with those who try to use His Name for their own advantage, or who fail to trust in Him for the everyday situations of life. Solomon explains in Ecclesiastes 5.
March 15, 2021
InVerse 024 - Satan Bound, Part 4
In Volume 4, Part 6, the father of all lies gloats over his ruinous rule over the sons of men. But you can hear a sense of ill foreboding, as he realizes this is but a temporary situation.
March 08, 2021
InVerse 023 - Vantage Point, Part 4
The Christian life is anchored in looking up to Jesus, exalted to glory. But it also takes strong bearings from looking back to where we've come from, and what God intends for us.
March 01, 2021
InVerse 022 - Westminster Confession, Part 4
In this installment we move from the subject of theology proper into that of anthropology, and we learn about the fall and man and God's covenant.
February 22, 2021
InVerse 021 - Celtic Flame, Part 4
In Part 4 of "Celtic Flame: The Burden of Patrick", Patrick recounts his safe arrival home, and the vision that changed his life forever.
February 15, 2021
InVerse 020 - Ray of Sun, Part 4
Why would a great theologian encode his most profound insights in verse? We'll discover as we take a look at Altus Prosator, by Colum Cille.
February 08, 2021
InVerse 019 - Ecclesiastes, Part 4
In Ecclesiastes 4, Solomon muses on the misery of men and the vanity of life under the sun.
February 01, 2021
InVerse 018 - Satan Bound, Part 3
The enemy of our souls reveals his plan to get back at God by leading the human race into sin and misery in this edition of The InVerse Theology Project.
January 25, 2021
InVerse 017 - Vantage Point, Part 3
Christians must at all times be those who look up to Christ and beyond the seen world into the realm of unseen things and glory.
January 18, 2021
InVerse 016 - Westminster Confession, Part 3
God is sovereign, and God is gracious. He created everything, and He keeps it all, according to His wisdom, power, and love.
January 11, 2021
InVerse 015 - Celtic Flame, Part 3
God drove Patrick to slavery, then to prayer. Then He met him in prayer, and led him to freedom, as we will see in this installment of The InVerse Theology Project.
January 04, 2021
InVerse 014 - Ray of Sun
What can a fourth-century poet/theologian teach us about shining the Light of Jesus?
December 28, 2020
InVerse 013 - Ecclesiastes, Part 3
In Ecclesiastes 3, Solomon ponders the variety of life and mystery of why men choose to live like beasts.
December 21, 2020
InVerse 012 - Satan Bound, Part 2
Cast out of heaven and brooding upon the earth, Satan hits upon a place to revenge himself against the Lord.
December 14, 2020
InVerse 011 - Vantage Point, Part 2
Christians don't see time the way the world does. We practice the Kingship of Jesus, and receive our time from Him as a most precious gift.
December 07, 2020
InVerse 010 - Westminster Confession, Part 2
In chapters 2 and 3 of the Westminster Confession of Faith we begin to know the God Who gave us the Scriptures.
November 30, 2020
InVerse 009 - Celtic Flame, Part 2
Patrick continues his introduction and provides an overview of his work in this installment of The InVerse Theology Project.
November 23, 2020
InVerse 008 - Drift
The Scriptures warn us against drifting from our great salvation.
November 16, 2020
InVerse 007 - Ecclesiastes, Part 2
Think having it all is what it's all about? Solomon would say, "Think again."
November 09, 2020
InVerse 006 - Satan Bound, Part 1
In warfare, you need to know your enemy. That's true in spiritual warfare as well.
November 01, 2020
InVerse 005 - Vantage Point, Part 1
Time is one of God's most precious gifts, but we need to know how to use it wisely. Otherwise, we might get lost in the graveyard of the Now.
October 26, 2020
InVerse 004 - Westminster Confession, Part 1
What comes to mind when you hear the word "doctrine"? Love it, hate it, or don't ever think about it, as Christians, we can't do without it. But which doctrines should we believe? Stay tuned.
October 19, 2020
InVerse 003 - Celtic Flame, Part 1
We open the window of historical theology a crack, to let in some light from the fifth century, as we begin to listen as Patrick relates his defense of the work God called him to do.
October 12, 2020
InVerse 002 - Wait Time
There's a reason why patience is a gift of the Holy Spirit: We do not wait well. In this issue of The InVerse Theology Project, we'll learn how to redeem the wait times of our lives.
October 05, 2020
InVerse 001 - Ecclesiastes 1
We begin this Project in the window of Biblical theology, with a fresh translation - in verse, of course - of the book of Ecclesiastes.
September 28, 2020
InVerse 000 - Introduction to the InVerse Theology Project
Each week The InVerse Theology Project will throw open one of the windows of theological study, wrap the incoming light in classic poetic forms, and lead you into a greater realization of the presence, promise, and power of Christ and His Kingdom.
September 18, 2020