Jason Marianna

Jason was a writer for Things Above Us from 2018-2020.
Pure and Undefiled Religion

Pure and Undefiled Religion

James 1:27 comes in the context of wrapping up chapter one. While the existing chapter divisions should not dictate how we divide up Scripture, in this case (and many cases) they are probably appropriate. Chapter 2 begins to talk of favoring different groups of people...

The Father of the Fatherless

The Father of the Fatherless

The divide between the conservative evangelical and the liberal social gospel-ite is undeniably deep; and one of the major fault lines is the how the two groups deal with the needy. In the leftist social gospel camp the issues of the needy are over emphasized and the...

Judge Kavanaugh and the Church

Judge Kavanaugh and the Church

Judge Brett Kavanaugh became Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Monday, 10/8/2018 after a long and contentious nomination process. The contention behind the nomination is what makes it remotely interesting to a Christian blogger. Like it or not, the church was...

Psalm 34:15-22 – A Moment of Reflection

Psalm 34:15-22 – A Moment of Reflection

Before we begin the final third of Psalm 34, it seems right and good to take a step back and soak in the passage before we dissect it. The first third, verses 1-7, is about simple truths.  The second third, verses 8-14, is about instructions for godliness. Now, in the...

The High Calling of Foster Care

The High Calling of Foster Care

I crept into the room for the 4th time that evening. She was asleep in a bed we bought earlier in the summer, hoping to put it to good use. It was now 2 in the morning, and I just couldn't help but look in on her one last time before bed to make sure she was warm,...

Psalm 34:8-10 “You His Saints!”

Psalm 34:8-10 “You His Saints!”

So far in this series, we've covered the first third of this psalm which is dominated by couplets.   Verses 1-7 were simple truths, and in this middle third, verses 8-14, we find simple instructions.  Having laid the foundation and displayed the correct attitude...

What Children Should See at Church

What Children Should See at Church

Recently, my dear friend and fellow blogger Allen Nelson and I had a pleasant discussion on our new podcast "The TAU Roundtable" on the subject of Children's Church.  Children's Church, in case you are not familiar, is a weekly event some churches practice wherein...

Psalm 34:6-7 – A Truthful Optimism

Psalm 34:6-7 – A Truthful Optimism

Throughout this series I have been demonstrating that the first third of this Psalm is about simple truths David is clinging to in his time of trouble.  We've also been learning that David is using the literary device of couplets to write this section, speaking first...

Psalm 34:4-5 Never Ashamed

Psalm 34:4-5 Never Ashamed

 Verses 4-5 I sought the LORD, and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears. They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces will never be ashamed. {Psa 34:4-5 NASB} Verses 4-7 start to develop the themes of brokenness that dominate most of the rest of...