God’s Holy Violence

So this Sunday I continued my sermon series through the Gospel of Luke, coming to Luke 19:28-48, which includes the triumphal entry, Christ weeping over Jerusalem, and the cleansing of the temple. In the course of that message, I said this: Christians really must get their minds and hearts around the fact that the way…

Beauty, Lust, and Nothing

Lust is hunger for nothing. Lust is the primeval, fallen instinct and demand for nothingness, nihil. Lust or covetousness is idolatry, the worship of idols. And idols are literally, nothing (1 Cor. 8:4). Lust is the worship of nothingness, blankness, emptiness, the dark, the formless, the void. Why? Why do we desire nothingness? Because we…

Fresh Supplies of Grace

Temptations work for good, as they engage the strength of Christ. Christ is our Friend, and when we are tempted, He sets all His power working for us. ‘For in that he himself hath suffered, being tempted, he is able to succor them that are tempted’ (Heb. 2:18). If a poor soul was to fight…

The Right Kind of Argument

A good Christian is not a grave to bury God’s mercies, but a temple to sing His praises… The mercies of God quicken. As they are lodestones to love, so they are whetstones to obedience… He argues from the sweetness of mercy to the swiftness of duty. He spends and is spent for Christ; he…

Retreating with Dignity

The Protestant church in the West has largely succumbed to a plan of cultural engagement that might be called retreating with dignity. In disobedience to the express command of Jesus to disciple the nations, teaching them to obey everything God has commanded, the Reformed and Evangelical churches of the West have decided that this would…

The Anxiety of Ahaz

Introduction Unbelief rarely descends like lightning. Apostasy doesn’t happen over night. Men do not wake up one morning and decide to ruin their lives. Unbelief happens like erosion, like water slowly freezing, like a pipe slowly corroding. The process is almost imperceptible. Hearts harden by a million moments, clenched fists, gritted teeth, bracing against pain…

Do Not Give Your Strength to Women

The book of Proverbs ends with King Lemuel giving an oracle that his mother taught him. It begins with the question that many mothers have asked many sons over the centuries: “What are you doing, my son? What are you doing, son of my womb? What are you doing, son of my vows?” (Prov. 31:2)….

Gratitude that Overcomes the World

Gratitude — true gratitude — requires truth. And this is not the same thing as sincerity. People can be sincerely wrong. Lies can become so ingrained, so repeated, so believed that people say them and believe them sincerely. So it is that sincerity becomes the substitute for the truth in a world gone mad with…

What is the Gospel?

Introduction The word “gospel” means “good news.” Literally, it’s a “good message” and is related to the word for “messenger” or “angel.” One place we can look to understand what the gospel is Isaiah 40: after many chapters of judgment proclaimed on Israel and Judah and the nations, God proclaims, “Comfort, comfort my people… speak…

Smashmouth Incrementalism & Abolishing Abortion

We talked ending abortion strategies with Doug Wilson on the latest Crosspolitic episode. Doug followed up with a blog post entitled Smashmouth Incrementalism, and Joel McDurmon and John Reasnor have followed up with thoughts of their own. And there have probably been a few other conversations floating around on these topics. So for whatever they’re…