Holy Trinity Weekly After a week of Thanksgiving feasting, we are back. This Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent, the first Sunday of the Year of Our Lord. So, Happy New Year! The history of the Advent Season reveals the true heart of the people of God preparing for Christmas. Begun as early as…

Books and Culture on Sufjan Come on and feel the Sufjan Stevens. I’m fairly new to Sufjan. I enjoy what I’ve heard so far, but I tend to agree with the musical analysis of these guys. I appreciate the lyrics; and certainly appreciate his dislike for the “Christian Music” scene. I also really dig the…

Onward Christian Soldiers Thomas Epting died on Friday. He was sixteen years old. After battling leukemia as a young boy, Thomas was healed for several years before a relapse of cancer with five brain tumors. I did not know Thomas well at all. I only had the privilege of meeting him once. The other elder…

Eating and Drinking the Life of Jesus “Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? “Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much…

Growing a Royal Culture: The Children of Nobility: Ephesians 6:1-4 IntroductionWeeks and years can and should be spent studying the area of the covenant household, the Christian family, and today we are condensing even more the relationship between parents and children. But if Paul can condense his teaching into four verses; it is permissible to…

Not a Family Pet Do not come here confessing the same sins week after week. If you have been, then confess that sin again honestly and in faith, and the sin of not really confessing your sins. When you confess your sins truly and honestly, you must also repent of them. The word “repent” means…

Eucharistic Guardians We’ve talked about house building and house guarding today, focusing on how wives are to be the guardians and rulers of the house. And we have said that it must all begin and end in thankfulness: gratitude from first to last, over and over. It should come as no surprise that this is…

Growing a Royal Culture: From Garden to Garden City: Titus 1:10-2:10 IntroductionWe saw last week that the marriage covenant is an image of the covenant of Grace, the relationship Christ has with his Bride, the Church. Husbands are called to imitate the gracious reign and rule of Christ by bestowing gifts upon their wives to…

Bottling the Spirit Do not save all of your sins up for Sunday. If you come here with a pile of sins to confess then you must confess all of those sins and the sin of waiting until now to confess them. This confession in this service is to remind you to be always confessing…

Of Honor and Leviticus Just got out of Early and Medieval Church history class not too long ago. Dr. Fairbairn pointed out the convergence of several manifestations of the ideal of ‘honor’ or rectitudo, the recognition of the right ordering of things. This is what medievals considered the ‘rightness’ of God, angels, humanity, creation in…