A Despicable Tyrant by Mark Nenadov

With the worst of tyrants–self
clinks its cup
daily we must chase it
shrinking from its outrages
but we must fight
if we’re to press on.

Before the fall goes Pride
which causes self to prance
like a peacock–puffed up
saturated—strutting its stuff
Satan waits for the pounce
as the Old Man exerting
his will and Satan’s—in one accord.

Slip and fall
we will to some degree
but not finally or fatally
we must carry on the battle
reminding ourselves
that we are not our own—bought
with blood–a precious price.

A spotless lamb suffered for us—through which
we died to our self
to rise again–and live with Him
as a New Man.

by Mark Nenadov


Anger is Fire by Mark Nenadov

Anger burns brighter than a wildfire
and a wise man learns
not to poke its terrifying embers
but yearns to soak it–away
in the satisfying water of the Word.

The gospel teaches–and preaches
and imparts to our hearts
the sense that we are forgiven much
and an every-last-pence-debtor
being humbled thus
we need not fuss
or be bound to anger’s fetters.

Look at the Saviour
revealed in The Book
though not a stranger to righteous anger
He waged war against Evil One
yet remained meek and engaged
in His mission of dominion
until it was done
all the while in control
never sinfully enraged.

by Mark Nenadov

Creature-Creators and The Creator

(Inspired by Edith Schaeffer’s book The Art of Homemaking. Previously appeared in Reformed Perspectives)

Man was created to create
creativity comes out at his fingertips;
the one who was formed
in the image of God,
images and imagines many things.

God, whose image
is reflected in man,
is a great Sculptor.
We, created in His image,
are inspire to become
producers of and responders to
the lovely, beautiful, and precious.

The difference between
mortal creator-creatures
and the Creator God
is that mere mortals
always create
from preexistent matter
with limited talent, energy, time, and choices.
And so, creaturely creators, do
live by the “sweat of the brow.”

So different is
the Triune God
He can create ex-nihlo
out of nothing.
He is infinite and eternal,
and He is the only unlimited creator.

by Mark Nenadov

Accomplished And Applied by Mark Nenadov

      And applied.
John Murray wrote
this gem
      in 1955.
Ends at page 192.
On the Atonement.
it goes through
Accomplished by Christ.
Applied in progression.
To the life of the redeemed.
Thank you, Eerdmans

for this great book 
      of theology,
a must-read work
      of soteriology.

by Mark Nenadov (this poem previously appeared in Reformed Perspectives)

The Wrestler of Kettering by Mark Nenadov

(In memory of Calvinistic Baptist theologian and pastor Andrew Fuller, who was a wrestler in his youth)

A cub grappled on the mat of his youth
became a pen-wrestler for the truth,
a lion in the pulpit, den, and desk
ready to roar for a faith he’d confess.

Cubs of Sozzini and Glas roared as well,
you may notice that,
but the truth they couldn’t quell;
the Lord sent Fuller to the mat.

by Mark Nenadov (this poem previously appeared in Reformed Perspectives)